Overseas Aid did not fund Oxfam’s Haiti campaign
NO Jersey Overseas Aid money was sent to Oxfam during its relief campaign in Haiti in 2011, the local charity has confirmed after it was revealed aid workers had used prostitutes in the Caribbean island.
An investigation by The Times revealed that several Oxfam staff had used sex workers while delivering aid following the natural disaster seven years ago.
The charity’s deputy chief executive, Penny Lawrence, resigned over the handling of the scandal, but the charity has continued to deny there was a cover-up.
Simon Boas, executive director of Jersey Overseas Aid, which is funded by taxpayers, said that the local charity was ‘appalled by the accusations’.
He added: ‘Jersey Overseas Aid are aware of the allegations of sexual exploitation involving Oxfam staff during their response to the Haiti earthquake.
‘As with all organisations involved in the development and aid sector, we are appalled by the accusations and treat incidences like this very seriously.
‘We would like to assure the Jersey public that no JOA money was sent to Oxfam during their Haiti campaign and at no point in time were we aware of any misconduct at Oxfam, or indeed any other charity we support.
‘Oxfam will not benefit from any JOA funds in 2018 and are not currently on the list of JOA preferred agencies invited to apply for funding. JOA has not funded a new Oxfam project since 2016.’