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Oxfam: sex scandal or governance failure?

Khan, Mishal

The Lancet, Mar 17, 2018, Vol.391(10125), pp.1019-1020 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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    Oxfam: sex scandal or governance failure?
  • Author: Khan, Mishal
  • Description: Anybody working in humanitarian settings will testify that moral boundaries are routinely blurred, and evidence of sexual exploitation by humanitarian workers, including UN peacekeepers, has been well documented for decades.3 Surprising is the colossal failure of internal and external authorities with responsibility for preventing such incidents to fulfil their mandates.[...]it relied on information based on Oxfam's own investigation indicating that there was no cause for concern.4 Therefore, I would argue that the issue here is not only about sexual exploitation or weeding out individuals unfit for international development work.Without effective structures for monitoring, evaluation, and accountability, in addition to sexual misconduct, corruption and unintended consequences of programmes implemented can also be concealed.5 Here the positioning of international development agencies as holders of superior knowledge and values with respect to development often results in their authority being difficult to challenge.6 But questions must now be asked about all organisations-charities, funding bodies, and research institutes-that claim to be supporting better governance and human rights in LMICs.
  • Is Part Of: The Lancet, Mar 17, 2018, Vol.391(10125), pp.1019-1020
  • Identifier: ISSN: 01406736 ; E-ISSN: 1474547X ; DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(18)30476-8
  • Subjects: Haiti ; West Africa ; United Kingdom–UK ; Investigations ; Exploitation ; Scandals ; Funding ; Human Rights ; Accountability ; Guardian ; Oxfam International ; Oxfam GB
  • Language: English

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