Category Archives: Charities

The Sackler family's drug money disgraces museums around the world | Allen Frances

The Sacklers have made a fortune from OxyContin, the painkiller blamed for sparking the deadly opioid crisis. They cloak their shame with philanthropy

There is no Pablo Escobar Wing at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and no El Chapo Guzman gallery at the Guggenheim. Columbia University doesn’t host a Sinaloa Drug Cartel Center of Developmental Psychobiology. Oxford would no longer be Oxford if its library were named in honor of the Cali drug cartel.

Our most revered institutions hold themselves to an ethical standard that does not allow accepting money from wealthy drug dealers – however tempting the prospect or worthwhile the project. They refuse to become philanthropic money launderers, cleansing dirty reputations by selling prestigious naming rights.

Related: Meet the Sacklers: the family feuding over blame for the opioid crisis

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Oxfam International boss vows to root out wrongdoing at charity

Winnie Byanyima admits charity has a problem but says majority of staff are ‘people of values’

The head of Oxfam International has said she will appoint an independent commission to investigate claims of sexual exploitation.

Winnie Byanyima, the charity’s executive director, promised to root out any wrongdoing and provide justice for anyone abused by its staff.

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Charities colluding with traffickers? Fake news, says report

Study finds anti-migrant and pro-Trump groups spreading increasing number of false stories about aid agencies to weaken their reputation

Aid agencies and charities are increasingly the target of fake news aimed at undermining their credibility, according to a report by the International Broadcasting Trust.

In a week in which sexual exploitation in the aid sector hit the headlines, the new report – Faking It – examined the reputational impact of fake news, typically on social media, amid already declining public trust in NGOs.

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French aid group MSF says it dealt with 24 abuse cases last year

Médecins Sans Frontières confirms 19 staff were fired over sexual harassment or abuse

International aid group Médecins Sans Frontières acted on 24 cases of sexual harassment or abuse last year and fired 19 employees, it has revealed, as the British charity Oxfam faces questions over its handling of a sexual misconduct scandal.

The Paris-based group, one of the world’s largest aid organisations, issued a statement saying it had received 146 complaints or alerts last year. “After an internal investigation, 40 cases were found to be allegations of harassment or abuse,” it said. “Of these, 24 were cases of harassment or sexual abuse.”

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Oxfam scandal: Penny Mordaunt to meet National Crime Agency

Development secretary’s move comes amid mounting pressure over sexual misconduct revelations

The international development secretary, Penny Mordaunt, is to meet investigators from the National Crime Agency to discuss the Oxfam sexual misconduct scandal.

Speaking at a child protection summit in Stockholm, Mordaunt said she would attend an appointment with the NCA after meetings with charity leaders, regulators and experts in recent days.

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Minnie Driver cuts ties with Oxfam over sex scandal

Actor had been an ambassador for the charity and said she was devastated by revelations

Minnie Driver has become the first celebrity patron of Oxfam to step down in the wake of the sexual misconduct scandal.

The 48-year-old actor, who was one of the charity’s 16 ambassadors, said she was “in no uncertain terms” withdrawing her support for the charity despite working with it for more than 20 years.

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As a former aid worker, I’m not shocked by the Oxfam revelations | Shaista Aziz

A culture of bullying, harassment and racism is rife among agencies around the world. This is an industry in need of reform

When I read the revelations that Oxfam workers had paid for sex in Haiti, perhaps from underage girls, while the country was trying to recover from an earthquake, I wasn’t surprised. Nor was I surprised when it became clear that it had been covered up, and that further allegations of sexual abuse, bullying, harassment and intimidation in the aid sector soon followed. Don’t get me wrong – these stories are sickening – but most people in the industry will have at the very least heard rumours of this kind of behaviour.

I spent more than 15 years as an aid worker specialising in communications for a number of organisations, including Oxfam, where I worked for five years as an emergencies communications specialist and media coordinator. My work took me from Haiti, Syria and Lebanon to Bangladesh, Tajikistan and Jordan. I had the privilege of meeting incredible people and worked with some brilliant people, as well as some not so brilliant.

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Oxfam scandal: charity's deputy chief executive resigns

Penny Lawrence quits as Haiti calls on charity to identify staff who used sex workers

Oxfam’s deputy chief executive has resigned after it emerged that concerns about the behaviour of senior staff in Haiti and Chad were raised with the charity but not properly handled.

Penny Lawrence, who was the international programmes director when the concerns were reported, quit on Monday.

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Turkey’s huge crackdown is destroying civil society | Kate Allen

My Amnesty colleagues face a sham trial for terrorist offences at the hands of a draconian government. Such scare tactics threaten Turkey’s future

Turkey’s military offensive in Afrin ​looks set to dominate news coverage of the region for weeks to come.

Which is no surprise. The operation is taking place on the much bigger stage of the war in Syria, Russia and the US are both deeply involved, and the UN is anxiously assessing the scale of the impact on the already dire humanitarian situation, the number of displaced people running into the thousands.

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