From my desk in Damascus, I can hear the rumbling explosions day and night to the east of the capital. Black smoke billows into the skies over Eastern Ghouta. In Damascus itself, we can hear incoming mortar fire and wonder anxiously where the shells have landed. For people living and working here in Damascus, this is all part of our daily routine.
An independent commission will be set up with immediate power to carry out a wide-ranging review of Oxfams practices and culture, including its handling of past cases of sexual misconduct. It comes as Oxfam announces a comprehensive plan of action to strengthen safeguarding systems across the organisation, and stamp out abuse.
In 2011, several Oxfam staff were accused of sexual exploitation and abuse in Haiti during the earthquake response. We have now heard of further allegations about the use of sex workers by Oxfam staff in Chad in 2006. We are shocked and dismayed about these latest revelations. While we can’t corroborate the information from Chad at the moment, it highlights again unacceptable behavior by a small number of people and the need for a sector-wide approach to tackle the problem.
On 28 and 29 November 2017 international forum "Migration bridges in Eurasia" is taking place in Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University) with the support from Oxfam in the Russian Federation, Russian Foundation for Basic Research, Bureau of the International Organization for Migration in Moscow, United Nations Population Fund in Belarus and The Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund. The 9th "Migration Bridges" focuses on models of effective migration management in the context of the development of the Eurasian integration project. Academics from 26 countries, representatives of non-for-profit organizations and governmental institutions such as Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health, Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East, Federal Agency for Ethnic Affairs and Commission on Migration at the Presidential Council on ethnic affairs took part in the forum.