Oxfam Scandal: Foreign Aid Sits in the Firing Line

A series of allegations into sexual exploitation have been made against the UK charity Oxfam. The scandal has prompted the discussion of corruption in foreign aid, which has led to a call for funding cuts. Furthermore, it has reopened a longstanding debate about foreign aid in the UK. Theresa May faces growing pressure in light of these new allegations. She is being urged to abandon Britain’s commitment to its 0.7% national income to the world poorest people.

On Monday night, the former head Penny Lawrence resigned after it was revealed that teenage volunteers have been abused in UK shops. Alongside this, it has been reported that overseas aid had been traded for sex during the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

Following public outrage, social media users have taken to Twitter to condemn what is being considered as an ‘extremely serious violation of human dignity ‘ by Haiti President, Jovenel Moise.

It has been argued by some, that the British taxpayer should no longer be obliged to fund the failings of Oxfam. Yet others, examine the stance of the true victims here. One user echoed it is ‘Wrong to argue cuts to the foreign aid budget in light of #Oxfam problems’ as cuts will ‘leave communities poorer and with less access to vital resources’.

To gauge our own narrative, iCov Political News Day launched its own enquiry on social media. A snapshot of some responses shows that there appears to be a lack of trust amongst the wider public.










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Monifa Bobb-Simon

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