The UK has halted aid funding for Oxfam following allegations of sexual misconduct against staff in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The charity confirmed last week that two members of staff in the DRC were suspended as part of an ongoing investigation into allegations of abuses of power, including bullying and sexual misconduct.

In a statement, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) said: “All organisations bidding for UK aid must meet the high standards of safeguarding required to keep the people they work with safe.

The Charity Commission and FCDO have been notified appropriately and we will continue to keep them informed as the investigation concludes its work

“Given the most recent reports, which call into question Oxfam’s ability to meet those standards, we will not consider any new funding to Oxfam until the issues have been resolved.” ES

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