A handout picture released on February 12, 2018 by British charity Oxfam shows Penny Lawrence the deputy chief executive of Oxfam."AFP PHOTO / OXFAM / CHARLOTTE BALL "
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The deputy head of Oxfam resigned Monday over what she said was the British charity's failure to adequately respond to past allegations of sexual misconduct by some of its staff.Senior managers of the organization meanwhile were summoned to a meeting with Aid Minister Penny Mordaunt during which she was expected to demand the full facts, with 32 million pounds ($44 million) of government funding to Oxfam hanging in the balance.The scandal was fast escalating into a broader crisis for Britain's aid sector by bolstering critics in the ruling Conservative Party who have argued that the government should reduce spending on aid in favor of domestic priorities.Founded in 1942, Oxfam is one of Britain's best-known charities, running humanitarian and aid operations across the globe. While the government funds that Mordaunt has threatened to withdraw represent only about 8 percent of Oxfam's overall income of 409 million pounds in 2016-17, according to its annual report, the risk for Oxfam is that private donations also drop as a result of the bad publicity.
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