Scathing probe of Oxfam GB slams aid group’s failure to stop sexual, physical misconduct

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TODAY:

  • The U.Okay.’s Charity Fee has launched a damning report following an 18-month probe into Oxfam GB’s actions in Haiti.
  • Two New Brunswick youngsters have developed a brand new system to predict floods.
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Oxfam GB

The British arm of Oxfam, one of the world’s largest aid organizations, has been slammed for failing to heed warnings about sexual abuse by its program employees in Haiti, and for its inner tradition of “tolerating poor behaviour.”

The damning findings come from a newly launched report by the U.Okay.’s Charity Fee following an 18-month probe into Oxfam GB’s actions in Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake.

The investigation concludes that the aid group ignored or downplayed issues raised by whistleblowers who complained that employees had been hiring native prostitutes for events, and didn’t sufficiently examine claims of physical abuse and different misconduct it obtained from two women aged 12 and 13.

“No charity is extra vital than the folks it serves or the mission it pursues,” the report says. [Oxfam GB’s] governance and tradition with regard to safeguarding has repeatedly fallen under requirements anticipated and failed to meet guarantees made.”

A employee checks water sanitation tools at Oxfam’s logistics warehouse in Bicester, England, earlier than delivery it to Haiti on Jan. 15, 2010. Oxfam offered aid to Haitians within the aftermath of the disastrous 2010 earthquake. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Pictures)

The charity dealt with the matter internally on the time, firing 4 folks and letting three others resign, together with its nation director for Haiti.

However when the story grew to become public at the start of 2018, dozens of different victims got here ahead and allegations had been raised about employees sexual misconduct on initiatives in Chad and the Philippines. It was additionally reported that the aid employee on the centre of the Haiti scandal, Roland van Hauwermeiren, had left a job with one other British charity in 2004 after issues had been raised about intercourse events in Liberia.

Oxfam GB noticed greater than 7,000 donors cancel their presents following the revelations and had to slice $27 million from its 2019 program finances. The group’s chief government stepped down, and beneath risk of a funding freeze by the U.Okay. authorities, the group agreed not to apply for any new aid cash till the allegations had been totally investigated.

Final month, Oxfam disclosed that it has dismissed 79 employees for the reason that spring of 2018 after receiving greater than 300 complaints of sexual harassment, bullying and sexual exploitation.

An impartial inquiry that the charity commissioned to look at its work tradition and practices within the area is due to ship its remaining report later this month.

An Oxfam emergency staff delivers hygiene kits to forestall the unfold of Cholera and different illnesses within the city of Camp Perrin, Haiti, in October 2016 after hurricane Matthew. (Fran Afonso/Oxfam Worldwide through EPA)

In the present day’s Charity Fee report comes with an official warning from the federal government regulator, which requires Oxfam to create a plan to enhance its governance and implement a sequence of suggestions.

However the investigation additionally contained a warning for different aid teams.

All charities want to take in the central lesson from Oxfam’s shortcomings, it says. “Protecting folks secure is an integral half of their entrance line operations. It’s not an added further.”

And all indications are that the issues within the charity sector lengthen far past one group.

When the Oxfam scandal broke in early 2018, it was reported a complete of 120 employees from a number of main British charities, together with Save the Youngsters and the Purple Cross, had been dealing with sexual abuse allegations.

And a survey of main world aid organizations, performed by the Thomson Reuters Basis earlier this 12 months, discovered that they’d fired 91 employees after receiving 539 reviews of intercourse abuse and harassment in 2018.

In March, the United Nations stated that it had obtained simply over 200 reviews of sexual exploitation and violence by employees and companions final 12 months, together with 54 allegations levelled in opposition to peacekeepers and 19 in opposition to World Meals Program workers.

Haiti’s Minister of Planning and Exterior Cooperation, Aviol Fleurant, shows a press release in regards to the Oxfam scandal in Port-au-Prince on June 13, 2018. (Andres Martinez Casares/Reuters)

Final week, a federal courtroom choose in Connecticut ratified a $60 million US class motion settlement for 170 Haitians who say they had been victims of sexual abuse as kids whereas attending a college run by a now-defunct American charity.

And Extra Than Me, an American charity that targeted on rescuing Liberian women from sexual exploitation, is dealing with doable felony and civil motion after a ProPublica investigation says it failed to forestall the rapes of younger ladies in its care by employees members.

In the present day brings information {that a} distinguished Canadian aid employee had been discovered responsible of sexually assaulting kids in Nepal. Peter Dalglish, the founder of Avenue Youngsters Worldwide and an Order of Canada recipient, has been in a jail close to Kathmandu for greater than a 12 months after the Central Investigation Bureau of the Nepal Police arrested him at gunpoint.

He denies the costs made by two boys, aged 11 and 14, and his legal professionals have accused the police of bribing and intimidating witnesses.


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Getting forward of the flood

Two New Brunswick youngsters have discovered a brand new system for predicting floods, reporter Nick Purdon writes.

We meet within the library at Fredericton Excessive Faculty.

Fifteen-year-old Cynthia Cui is in Grade 10 and her brother Leonardo, 17, is in Grade 11. They’ve minimize class to present me the interactive flood prediction map they’ve developed.  

For the previous two years, New Brunswick has lived by the worst floods in Canada.

About 5,500 properties alongside the St. John River flooded or had been in danger of flooding this 12 months, in accordance to Statistics Canada. And the Fredericton-Saint John area had the most important flooded space within the nation — 383 sq. kilometres.

“It is simply such a devastating occasion to lose your private home to flooding,” says Cynthia. “So we felt if folks might know upfront, they may put together adequately for flooding — then that might actually assist the neighborhood.”

Fredericton high-school college students Cynthia Cui and her brother Leonardo developed an interactive flood-prediction map for a science honest competitors that’s extra correct than the prevailing ones in use within the province. (Nick Purdon/CBC)

As we sit down to take a look at their flood-prediction system, I casually ask what number of hours it took them.

Leonardo’s eyes widen. He seems to be at me as if I’m a typical grownup who does not perceive something.

“It was greater than hours,” he says. “It took months!”

“I actually don’t desire to depend,” Cynthia provides, earlier than explaining how the siblings had to work round their hectic schedules, which embody rowing practices, fencing competitions, chess tournaments and on a regular basis faculty work.

What the Cuis present me is fairly outstanding.

Utilizing historic local weather information and a machine-learning algorithm that analyzes patterns, they created a map of Fredericton that may forecast floods.

Leonardo enters some information and exhibits me the way it works.

“If there is a blue color the place your own home is on the map, it means your own home is getting flooded,” he says. “And you may see how severely it’s getting flooded by the color gradient.”

The flood-modelling received the Intact Local weather Change Resilience Award on the Canada-Large Science Truthful in Fredericton. (Nick Purdon)

Their map has confirmed extra correct than something beforehand out there, and it landed the siblings a main award at a latest Nationwide Science Truthful.

“We’re simply completely satisfied that we will use our mannequin and that we can provide again to the neighborhood,” Cynthia says.

Meet the Cuis tonight in our story on The Nationwide that appears at how the flooding in New Brunswick continues to have an effect on folks lengthy after the waters subsided.

– Nick Purdon

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In the present day in historical past

June 11, 1961: Census counts Canadians, whether or not they prefer it or not

The 1961 census was going largely as deliberate — a refusal fee of simply 0.5 per cent, and “not a Doukhobor amongst them,” this CBC Newsmagazine story notes. However there was one man who stood prepared to struggle the “encroaching restrictions and rules” of the Dominion Bureau of Statistics. Alec Beasley, a B.C. hen farmer, tells a reporter that he is prepared to pay the $100 superb ($865 in 2019 {dollars}) for non-compliance.

Topics who like a protracted go to and refusers are two of the challenges to census gathering. 2:16

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