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18 February 2018, 06:04 | Leigh Flowers
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He told The Guardian: "The intensity and the ferocity of the attack makes you wonder, what did we do?"
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"This review marks the beginning of change for Oxfam as an worldwide organisation - Oxfam Ireland is 100% committed to playing our part and to working with others in government and across the sector to implement urgent reforms that enable us to do more and do better for the world's poorest".
The Oxfam GB chief executive also said he had not slept for six nights as the charity reeled from allegations of sex abuse by Oxfam workers in Haiti and a suggestion it covered up claims that staff used prostitutes while delivering aid.
"I think that these people should be considered persona non grata", she said of the charity, which spent $15 million on its operations in the country previous year and employs 248 staff.
Van Hauwermeiren was moved to Haiti in the wake of the 2010 quake.
"The hardest thing is that my family has rejected me", he said. The aid group is under fire for supposedly failing to tell the British government's Charity Commission the full story regarding the purported behavior.
The charity admitted yesterday it rehired one of those sacked in Haiti just months later and is now checking whether any complaints were subsequently made.
Oxfam says it investigated the case, fired four workers and let three others resign, but the British government and charity regulators have criticised its lack of transparency.
Gurpreet Singh worked as a consultant in Ethiopia from October to December 2011, a decision Oxfam said was "a serious error and should never have happened".
"We need to make sure anyone guilty of such gross misconduct is not able to move between different organisations, exposing more vulnerable people to risk", said Ms Byanyima.
The charity is also introducing a number of immediate measures - including creating a new global database of accredited referees to combat "unreliable" references by past or current staff, and extra resources for the charity's safeguarding processes.
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