Six Oxfam staff in Haiti found guilty of misconduct

All leave the charity after charges of bullying and abuse of power were upheld, according to the charity

Reconstruction work in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake
Reconstruction work in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake

Six Oxfam staff members in Haiti have left the organisation after being found guilty of misconduct, according to the charity.

In a statement, the development charity said the misconduct involved abuse of power and bullying within Oxfam, but did not involve fraud or beneficiaries. Some of the staff were fired; others resigned.

Oxfam’s country director for Haiti, Roland van Hauwermeiren, has resigned, "taking managerial responsibility for issues that occurred while he was heading the programme" the charity’s statement said.

Penny Lawrence, GB international director at Oxfam, said: "Oxfam does not tolerate breaches of its code of conduct, and whenever instances of staff misconduct are discovered we will take robust action against those involved.

"The action of these individuals is not representative of the strong commitment shown and the hard work carried out by Oxfam’s team in Haiti."

The charity said it would not answer further questions on the departures.

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