The British charity has been accused of keeping mute on the findings of an inquiry into claims that staff of the organisation used prostitutes while delivering aid in Haiti in 2011.
Deputy Chief executive, Penny Lawrence expressed shame and accepted full responsibility for the claim, saying concerns were raised about the behaviour of staff in Chad and Haiti, which the organisation failed to appropriately act on.
This scandal has put the charity in a perilous condition of having its fund being cut by the government. Hence, its meeting with the International Development Secretary with the purpose of preventing its government fund from being slashed.
Oxfam’s own investigation led to four people being sacked and three others resigning, including the country director for Haiti.
International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt has said it must account for the way it handled the claims or it risks losing government funding, worth £32m in the last financial year.
Oxfam has since postponed a “Fashion Fighting Poverty” event, due to take place as part of London Fashion Week on Thursday.
Culled from bbc.com