Oxfam chief to resign following Haiti sex scandal

Oxfam Haiti scandal

The chief executive of British charity Oxfam is set to step down at the end of the year over a sex abuse scandal involving the British charity’s workers in Haiti.

Mark Goldring, who has led Oxfam since 2013, said that “the time is coming for a new leader” to allow the organization to start afresh.

Oxfam was rocked by allegations made in February that a number of its staff members, working in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake, hired prostitutes at the charity’s properties there. Among the employees was Oxfam’s Haiti director.

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“Following the very public exposure of Oxfam’s past failings, we have redoubled our efforts to ensure that Oxfam is a safe and respectful place for all who have contact with us,” Goldring said in a statement.

“However, what is important in 2019 and beyond is that Oxfam rebuilds and renews in a way that is most relevant for the future and so continues to help as many people as possible around the world build better lives. I think that this journey will best be led by someone bringing fresh vision and energy and making a long-term commitment to see it through.”