ABSTRACT

This chapter draws conclusions on the future of self-regulation. It seeks to understand whether the 2018 Oxfam GB scandal in Haiti marked the end of self-regulation. It looks at how the charity sector reacted to the scandal focusing on the Charity Ethical Principles (CEPs) developed by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), the umbrella body of the charities in England. After tracing the accountability narrative of the Oxfam GB scandal, this chapter investigates the weaknesses and strengths of the CEPs, looking at their genesis and later developments. This chapter demonstrates that non-governmental organisations (NGOs) fail to self-regulate effectively even when they are forced to discuss accountability measures as a result of their high-profile failings. Based on this outcome, it calls for an investigation aimed at identifying alternative accountability routes to self-regulation.