Devex, BBC Examine How Sexual Misconduct At Some NGOs Impacting U.K., E.U. Foreign Aid Sectors

BBC News: Oxfam: What’s gone wrong with the foreign aid sector?
“Oxfam’s handling of a sex scandal in Haiti has led to difficult questions for the foreign aid sector. Diplomatic correspondent James Landale looks at the challenges charities are facing and how can they prevent misconduct and abuse in the future…” (2/28).

Devex: Exclusive: E.U. ready to tighten NGO funding rules after sex scandals
“The European Union is open to an aid worker register as well as revamping the ‘rules of engagement’ with the charities it funds in the wake of sexual misconduct by staff at Oxfam and elsewhere, the bloc’s top development official told Devex. The European Commission recently wrote to more than 200 organizations that receive funding from its development — DEVCO — and humanitarian — ECHO — departments. The letter asks the groups to explain what policies they have in place to prevent, detect, and respond to misconduct, such as codes of conduct, whistleblowing channels, and disciplinary measures…” (Chadwick, 3/1).

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