The Charity Commission will tomorrow issue an excoriating report on Oxfam’s mismanagement and failure to act over the sexual exploitation of victims of the Haiti earthquake in 2011.
But the Commission will ignore a much wider scandal that suggests that 23 of the world’s biggest overseas aid charities are hiding far worse sexual exploitation of vulnerable people by their own staff and of fellow women and gay aid workers.
The full story is in Byline Times here.
You should expose Citizens Advice Bureau. There must be something there that we don’t know about yet!!!!
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Charities/organisations that flaunt the ’empowering women’ tagline. Do they ever reflect on the possibility that their organisation may be at the root of why women need empowering? If one was cynical, (?) one may propose that exploitation at the back door producing empowerment at the front door makes an organisation look like a self-fulfilling, fund finding machine.
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Disappointing outcome in relation to formerly reputable charities. It will have such a negative outcome for future contributions from the public. Cynicism will override future gifts. I struggle to believe the exploitation of the most vulnerable people in many destitute counties. There should be many people hanging their heads in shame … Appalling!
I have always believed that charity organisations are established by people with a vision and a purpose, be it to feed or provide medical aid to people who have no infrastructure to support them, The original founders either die or retire and eventually over a period of time these charities wither on the vine or become organisations that would be unrecognisable to their founding members,
From a micro approach they develop a macro approach and voluntary staff are replaced by paid staff and the organisation becomes more a Corporate Company with well paid executives who certainly do not want the Media or anybody else for that matter probing into its activities . So the organisation builds within itself a structure of secrecy to safeguard its reputation. In fact it acts like many Corporations, bad news is to be suppressed, So the real underlying problem is the Corporate nature of modern Charities, most I presume will have a Board of Trustees, usually some worthies, what insight they have is debatable, they have AGM , but the Agenda will certainly not include anything that may upset the impression that the charity is a well run organisation. If a member raised a question on abuse, I am sure they be told to write their concerns to the Secretary etc.
So my conclusion is that why these problems arise is that many charities have become Corporations whose aim is to protect the brand name. As allegations could be as toxic to the charity as BSE was to the farming industry in the 1980’s.
s are hiding far worse sexual exploitation of vulnerable people by their own staff and of fellow women and gay aid workers.
Explain your last comment , especially the last three words
I suspect your main point is true – the facts that there are 23 organisations and we only know about Oxfam is highly suspect -particularly if you read the detail in the bylinetimes article and in the US university report. Their conclusion is that Oxfam is better than the other 22 charities in handling this. My reference to gay aid workers is that the report found because of the countries where they worked were often very homophobic and had harsh laws repressing homosexuality – they faced blackmail and threats from other heterosexual staff if they had a gay sexual relationship.