Highlights

  • If the word ballet makes you think of Swan Lake and dancing girls in tutus, think again. Birmingham Royal Ballet, based in the United Kingdom, has established a programme to support choreographers, composers and designers to create new and contemporary ballets for audiences all around the world to enjoy.

    Oak Foundation has provided a...

  • Some three million students in the United States attend charter schools – public schools of choice that operate autonomously from traditional district schools. Charter schools are unique and innovative mission-driven schools that are held accountable for student learning by authorisers charged with assessing their performance. In just over 25...

  • Funders for Housing and Opportunity is currently recruiting an entrepreneurial, hands-on leader to direct its work. The Project Director will be expected to further develop and implement FHO’s results-focused framework and to build relationships with a broad network of donors and practitioners in field building and collaborative grant making....

  • Last year was the hottest year on record, which can largely be attributed to climate change. Extreme weather events, drought, forced migration and sea level rise are affecting some 800 million people globally. However, as the world united in Paris to commit to climate action, we find ourselves on the cusp of a tipping point: cleaner, safer...

  • Over one million children around the world suffer from clubfoot, a treatable congenital birth defect that causes one or both feet to turn inward and upward. Documented throughout history, today clubfoot affects about 200,000 newborns each year.

    Children who avail of the low-cost and efficient Ponseti Method treatment for clubfoot...

  • Over recent years, advice workers have found it increasingly difficult to resolve problems for migrant individuals and families who are destitute. Working with refugees and vulnerable migrants was never easy but, for the first time, the well-worn routes out of homelessness, so carefully crafted by progressive legislation and homelessness...

  • Oceans are one of the largest life support systems in the world.  Human life cannot exist without the oxygen the oceans produce. Many communities around the world rely on oceans for their livelihoods. FundingtheOcean.org, an online knowledge hub part-funded by Oak Foundation, was launched to protect the...

  • Imagine a situation where men and women would sit around a table and discuss ways to achieve gender parity together. A situation where women and men have the chance to have their voices heard equally. Caitlin Kraft-Buchman, director of Oak partner Women@TheTable, believes that women’s ideas can...

  • The world’s oceans are choking. Plastic rubbish washes up on beaches all around the world. Regularly it is found in the stomachs of fish, sea birds and other wildlife, ultimately killing them if it does not first compromise their fertility, or else it moves up the food chain till it arrives on our plates. By 2025 it is estimated that the world’...

  • Hailu is a father of three living in the northern city of Bahir Dar in Ethiopia. During a discussion on fatherhood and what it means to be a father, he opened up about his own experiences. “One thing I remember about my father is that he provided for his family and made sure that all our needs were met,” he said. “My father was a hardworking...

  • “Travel to learn – return to inspire.” This is the motto of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, an organisation dedicated to funding British citizens to travel in other countries and return with innovative ideas than can benefit people across the United Kingdom.

    Garry Botterill, a police sergeant from Chichester in Sussex, is the co-...

  • Observed since the early 1900s, International Women’s Day is a poignant worldwide event that brings together women from around the world to celebrate women’s achievements and campaign for gender equality.

    The theme for International Women’s Day 2017 is #BeBoldForChange – encouraging people to step up and take ground-breaking action to...

  • Our beloved friend and colleague Gary Goodman passed away on 14 February 2017. Gary had been the secretary of Oak Foundation since 1998. To his colleagues, he was a pillar of strength. We will always miss his spirit and enthusiasm for life and work. We will also miss his good humour, his optimism and his helpfulness. Our lives were enriched by...

  • According to Human Rights Watch, there are more than 2,500 individuals sentenced to life without parole in the United States for crimes they committed under the age of 18. “A sentence to die in prison is an expression of hopelessness and finality that is not fitting when the person who committed the crime is...

  • At any one time there is an average of 6,000 homeless people in Denmark, of whom many suffer from mental illness. A partner with Oak Foundation Denmark since 2004, Projekt Udenfor provides support to people living on the streets of Copenhagen.

    Projekt Udenfor has several street-based projects. Its main project is the Mobile Café which...

  • The Sheila McKechnie Foundation (SMK) was established in 2005 to help develop a new generation of campaigners who are tackling the root causes of injustice. Through courses, events and good practice, SMK equips individuals, groups and communities with the skills to bring about change on issues that are...

  • Advocacy work carried out by Family for Every Child aims to increase the momentum for change by encouraging decision makers to implement child protection policies and services focusing on children being cared for in a safe family environment.

    Family for Every Child is a global alliance of local civil society organisations working...

  • The Arctic, an open wilderness of glaciers, tundra and sea ice, covers much of the earth’s northern pole. An area of pristine beauty, its unique ecosystem teems with wildlife – foxes, polar bears, caribou, walruses, seals, whales and fish colonies, as well as large populations of migratory birds that come for the summer to breed. In addition,...

  • Every week we will introduce you to one of the directors of our Programmes who will describe their programme’s strategy.

    This week, meet Virginia, the Head of Communications.

    https://vimeo.com/177549941

  • Oak Foundation is seeking to hire a Programme Officer to manage an independent grant portfolio and budget focused on activism and movement building, and to work with the Child Abuse Team to build a stronger cluster of advocacy and research grants across the programme. For more information click here...

  • Thousands of children make the dangerous journey from Central America to the United States without their parents or guardians. These children are fleeing violence, exploitation, traffickers, gangs and other criminal groups and when they arrive at border crossings they often face deportation. “These are not primarily economic migrants. These are...

  • Decades of environmental degradation, pollution, overpopulation and deforestation among other issues has led to resource depletion and other environmental problems. Although it will take decades of concentrated efforts from all corners of the globe to solve this, many can be resolved by creating sustainable farming practices and treating the...

  • Every week we will introduce you to one of the directors of our Programmes who will describe their programme’s strategy.

    This week, meet Leonardo, the director of the Environment Programme.

    https://vimeo.com/178321777

  • Around three and a half billion people around the world have access to the internet today. Given this prevalence of internet and technology, the way people interact with the world is drastically different to how it was ten years ago. We can do things like go to university without leaving the living room, earn money from our homes, and we don’t...

  • Many years ago the famous philosopher Plato said that “rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul”. Today, music remains one of the most enduring art forms the world has. Founded by Julian Lloyd Webber, Sistema England is a British charity that seeks to transform the lives of children, young people and their...

  • Our offices will be closed from December 23 (at 12:00) until January 3, 2017.

    We wish you all a  happy holiday season!

  • Every week we will introduce you to one of the directors of our Programmes who will describe their Programme’s strategy.

    This week, meet Stacy Parker Fisher, the director of the Learning Differences Programme.

    https://vimeo.com/191203780...

  • If you venture through the hills of Vaud, Switzerland, admiring the stunning views over Lake Geneva, you will soon stumble across a hidden gem. La Garenne, in the village of Le Vaud, is home to about 40 local species of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects. La Garenne has four main objectives: to rescue and provide treatment...

  • There is an estimated two million cycle rickshaws in India. With rickshaws widely considered one of the fastest and cheapest means of transport in the country, it’s likely that this number will continue to increase.

    In Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand, the cycle rickshaw industry provides employment for around 15,000 unskilled locals and...

  • Apply before 19 December

     

    The Transatlantic Practice Exchange is an innovative exchange placement programme funded by Oak Foundation and delivered by Homeless Link in England and the National Alliance to End Homelessness in the US.

    The Exchange aims to develop future leaders in the homelessness sector and...

  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted on 10 December, 1948 as the first global attempt to define the inalienable rights of human beings in the grim aftermath of World War II.

    Today, on the 68th anniversary of its adoption in Paris, the UDHR has paved the way for advancements such as the elaboration of women’s...

  • Every week we will introduce you to one of the directors of our Programmes who will describe their programme’s strategy.

    This week, meet Rachel Quick, the director of the Special Interest Programme.

    https://vimeo.com/178612545

  • The death penalty, torture, drone strikes, secret prisons, Guantánamo Bay – these are just some of the human rights challenges that Reprieve tackles regularly. “Over the last 15 years, Reprieve has made the death penalty and abuses committed in the name of the so-called ‘war on terror’ a moral, financial and political nightmare for some of the...

  • Today – 1 December – is World AIDS Day. Huge strides have been made in the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS over the past decade, but on World AIDS Day the public and governments are reminded that the disease is by no means gone.

    Every day, about 5,753 people contract HIV[1]...

  • Every week we will introduce you to one of our directors who will describe their department’s strategy.

    This week, meet Vinit Rishi, the director of Administration.

    https://vimeo.com/191222144

  • A recent study by the Swiss state secretariat for migrants estimates that there are 76,000 illegal immigrants (known as sans-papiers) living in Switzerland, of whom 43 per cent come from South and Central America.

    Other sources estimate that there are as many as between 50,000 and 300,000 illegal migrants living in Switzerland. Most of...

  • Oak Foundation is recruiting a Programme Officer for the Child Abuse Programme and its work in East Africa, who will also have some administrative responsibility for Oak Foundation’s office in Dar-es-Salaam. For more information please click here

  • The Foundation is currently recruiting a Programme Officer for the Special Interest Programme (SIP), based in Geneva, Switzerland.

    SIP grants usually fall outside the main programmatic areas of the Foundation. They reflect the special interests of the Foundation’s Trustees and are diverse, covering a...

  • Every week we will introduce you to one of the directors of our Programmes who will describe their Programme’s strategy.

    This week, meet Adrian Arena, the director of the International Human Rights Programme.

    https://vimeo.com/190922699

  • November 20 is Universal Children’s Day, an annual reaffirmation of the world’s commitment to protecting the human rights of children everywhere. Of particularly urgent concern, rights organisations say, are the millions of children suffering the effects of poverty, war, discrimination and exploitation.

    Oak Foundation’s focus on the 27th...

  • Almost every day we wake up to news coverage showing the devastating consequences of violations of human rights, but what we are often not shown is the dedicated work of the vast network of people fighting against these injustices. Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is an international organisation dedicated to stopping mass atrocities and acts...

  • Every week we will be introducing you to one of the directors of our Programmes who will describe their Programme’s strategy.

    This week, meet Amanda Beswick, the director of the Housing and Homelessness Programme.

    https://vimeo.com/190945612...

  • A new report called "Capturing Hate", from the WITNESS Media Lab analyses a collection of eyewitness videos demonstrating violent acts against transgender people in public places in the United States.

    Of 329 videos posted there were more than 89 million views, over 600,000 shares and more than...

  • The report linked here provides some of the many highlights of the Global Oak Retreat held in Thun, Switzerland, from 19-23 June 2016, which was attended by Trustees, staff and guests.

    The retreat was the result of over a year of planning.  Led by Virginia Ruan (Head of Communications) and...

  • Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) is pervasive in communities around the world, with heightened rates in conflict and post-conflict regions.  Experiences of gender-based violence have profound and lasting consequences for women and girls economically, psychosocially and in terms of their health. These consequences include chronic medical...

  • Yanar Mohammed founded the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI) in 2003. Since 2004 when it opened its first shelters in Iraq, OWFI has provided refuge for women escaping honour killings, sex trafficking, domestic abuse and ISIS captivity.

    In 2014, OWFI expanded its...

  • Social isolation can be a real and devastating possibility. The Mary Foundation's aim is to prevent and eliminate social isolation based on the belief that everyone has the right to belong. It works to create a society in Denmark and Greenland where no one has to feel excluded or alone. It does so by...

  • Coram’s Fields is a unique charity located in the south of Camden. Occupying the site of the former Foundling Hospital and nestled between the original Georgian colonnades, Coram’s Fields is a seven-acre haven for play for children and young people, which aims to promote their cognitive, social, emotional and physical wellbeing through the...

  • The Antarctic Ocean Alliance just announced the creation of a marine protected area (MPA) in the Ross Sea, a deep bay in the Southern Ocean in Antarctica. Spanning 1.55 million square kilometres, with a 1.1 million-square-kilometre no take zone, this MPA is over twice the size of France and the biggest in the world.

    The Ross Sea is home...

  • The way that people communicate and access information has been transformed over the last half-century. These technological advances have empowered those defending human rights.

    However, they have also aided their adversaries, and human rights defenders are increasingly vulnerable to online surveillance and hacking, as governments and...

  • The Jette Parker Young Artists Programme identifies and nurtures outstanding young professional singers at the beginning of their careers.

    Young Artists are employed by The Royal Opera for two years, during which they are immersed in the world of opera and form their own artistic identity. The programme is specially tailored for the...

  • Children with print disabilities can find reading to be an overwhelmingly complicated task, and in our print-driven world, this can cause learning delays and a lack of confidence. Dustin, a student in Oregon, grew up with severe dyslexia. "It was very frustrating because I didn't like not being able to read and write," he says. "I wanted to be...

  • It is estimated that illegal fishing is responsible for up to one fifth of all marine life caught globally – around USD 23.5 billion worth of seafood.1  Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing has wide-reaching impacts. These include, but are not limited to: cheating coastal communities that depend on fish from sustenance and income;...

  • Since the 20th century, the development of industrial agricultural practices, food production has undergone a radical transformation. With machinery, pesticides and biotechnology, food supplies have increased and become more affordable but there have also been consequences – ecologically, socially and health wise.

    October 16 is World...

  • Today, October 11, is International Day of the Girl Child. It promotes girls’ rights and highlights gender inequalities that remain between girls and boys. To mark it, we are highlighting the work of our partner Girl Be Heard.

    What does Girl Be Heard do?
    Margaret Mead once...

  • On 10 October, people around the world mark World Homeless Day in various ways in the hope of changing the lives of homeless people in their local communities.

    The purpose of this special day is to draw attention to homeless people’s needs locally by raising awareness around homeless issues and celebrating and supporting local efforts to...

  • Twelve ivory traffickers were arrested and 500 kilograms of ivory were seized in Kuala Lumpur in early September.
     
    A collaboration between Perhilitan, the Department of Wildlife and National Parks Malaysia, and the Wildlife Justice Commission has resulted in significant arrests and the...

  • Climate change has become one of the most contested terms in the English language today. The term inspires debate and fear. Why? Because a changing climate affects everyone in some manner – increased risks of storms, droughts, floods and other natural disasters, rising sea levels and changing temperature patterns are just some of the possible...

  • “We have to keep the momentum going so that we can come together and protect our ocean,” said the US Secretary of State John Kerry at the Our Oceans Conference in Washington DC in mid-September. “Why? Because our ocean is absolutely essential for life itself – not just the food, but the oxygen and weather cycles of the planet all depend on the...

  • Oak Foundation commits its resources to addressing issues of global social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged.  Oak has its main administrative office in Geneva, Switzerland and a presence in seven other countries: Bulgaria, Denmark, India, Tanzania, the UK, the US and...

  • Located in central Asia with Iran to the west and Pakistan to the east, Afghanistan is about the size of Texas. High mountains with treacherous peaks and dry deserts make up most of its landscape. Extreme weather means that the winters are very cold and the summers extremely hot.

    Find out more...

  • Ratnaboli Ray is the founder and director of Anjali, an organisation working to ensure that good mental health services are available in India. Anjali works to establish mental illness within the mainstream health paradigm in the country and to speak out on behalf of marginalised people...

  • Kids love running around playing sports, and we love them to do so – but safely. With children under the age of 15 accounting for 36 per cent of emergency department visits for traumatic brain injury, it can be said that serious concussions are on the rise.  But how much do we actually know about the causes, consequences and treatments for...

  • The Sumatran rhino has walked the earth longer than any living mammal, but today less than one hundred individuals remain. Poaching has brought the species to the brink of extinction. The horns are hacked off and illegally sold as jewellery, trinkets and medicine for up to USD 100,000 per kilo, more than the weight of gold.

    The...

  • With screens and technology slowly taking over our lives, and up to 40 per cent of schools in the United States reducing or eliminating recess times for kids, play is no longer as valued as it was in the past. “We got this crazy idea that somehow recess was a waste of time,” journalist and author Richard Louv says. Playworks Education believes...

  • A groundbreaking new global vision for a future free from plastic pollution has been released this week by a network of 90 NGOs. The vision lays out 10 principles with the ultimate goal being ‘a future free from plastic pollution’. It represents the first step in a global movement to change society...

  • Having a good understanding of the context is key for successful grant-making.  To this end, Foundation Center and the International Human Rights Funders Group have embarked on an ambitious goal to build understanding of the current landscape of foundation support for human rights.

    Some 20,300 grants given to 12,262 organisations...

  • Children all over the world have hopes and dreams for the future, but sadly for many, these dreams can be difficult to attain.

    The African Movement of Working Children and Youth (AMWCY) was founded in 1994 in the Ivory Coast by children and youth. The movement has since grown rapidly and is now mainly run by young people under the age of...

  • Up till recently, men engaging in consensual same sex relations in Belize were liable for a sentence of 10 years in prison on conviction.  However, on 10 August 2016, the portion of the country’s code that outlawed same-sex relations between men was deemed unconstitutional by Belize's Supreme Court. This constitutes a victory for the country of...

  • Take a look at the interesting article about the power of working together from the Housing and Homelessness programme featured in our 2015 Annual Report.

  • The United States has expanded the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument, also known as Papahānaumokuākea, to 1.5 million square kilometres. President Barack Obama made the announcement on 16 August 2016.

    Oak Foundation joins its partner Pew Charitable Trusts, its project the Global Ocean Legacy and a host of other...

  • Some 50 per cent of the Tanzanian population are children. Three out of four of these children have suffered from violence.1 The Caucus for Children’s Rights in Tanzania (CCR) aims to change that. Its vision is to protect children by creating a culture of action, attention and accountability. The CCR promotes positive social action by...

  • “For the majority of my life, I hid my learning disability,” said Becca O’Hea, a college senior at East Carolina University (ECU). In middle and high school, Becca’s parents advocated for her so that she received special education services and other assistance at school.

    Check out this Learning Differences...

  • For some of us thinking back to our childhoods, many of our favourite and long lasting memories come from simple family life. The way our parents woke us in the mornings and packed us off to school, welcomed us home, or even the chatter around the dinner table. There are an estimated 8 million children living in institutions around the world,...

  • In our changing global economy, the economic value of higher education is indisputable. The average income for a millennial with a college degree in the United States is USD 45,500 compared with USD 28,000 for those with only a high school diploma. While half of all people from high-income families have a bachelor’s degree, just 1 in 10 people...

  • In New York City, the cost of housing can easily outprice wages. Tonight an estimated 3,200 people will spend the night on the streets, 41,000 will sleep in a shelter and in more than 280,000 households, people will sleep in overcrowded conditions due to the high cost of housing. In total, over 100,000 people spend time in a shelter every year...

  • Many children who grow up in parts of New York City can face tough odds in their journeys to adulthood and independence.They most likely attend overcrowded public schools where far more students fail than pass. read more >>

  • Friedrich Nietzsche once said that “we should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once” and at the Dance Trust of Zimbabwe (formally National Ballet of Zimbabwe), dance is bringing smiles to faces each and every day. An Oak grantee with the Zimbabwe Programme since 1997, the Dance Trust of Zimbabwe (DTZ) is now the...

  • Majestic, intelligent and beautiful creatures, humans have revered elephants for centuries. The largest animals on earth, elephants are fascinating animals. They live in matriarchal societies and mourn their dead; they care for and enhance their environment and can show empathy and compassion; they have extremely long memories and baby...

  • Tomorrow (Friday 12 August) is World Elephant Day. Read here to find out how technology is helping to stop poaching in Nepal and the Republic of Congo. This is an Special Interest Programme article from our 2015 Annual Report.

  • Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) impact and shape the lives of millions of people around the world. From healthcare to the environment, education to microfinance, humanitarian relief to technology, NGOs play a key role in our society. In 2012 The Global Journal released the first ever comprehensive ranking of NGOs to recognise their...

  • Every week Oak will feature an article reminding you of the great work our partners.
    Check out this Learning Differences Programme article from our 2014 Annual Report.

  • Some 61 per cent of America’s low-income children grow up in homes without any books.[1] These kids are, on average, three years academically behind children in homes with lots of books.[2] Book Harvest changes this reality...

  • 400 years ago Shakespeare wrote passionately about his contemporary society. Little did he know, perhaps, that his themes of love, discrimination, ambition, order and disorder, among others, would be prevalent and inspiring today.  For a group of students from the Cardinal Hume Centre, Shakespeare’s anniversary provided the opportunity and...

  • The fastest growing criminal enterprise in the 20th century is not drugs or arms dealing, but human trafficking – the most common form of modern-day slavery. An estimated 800,000 victims are trafficked through international borders every year, and an unknown additional number trafficked domestically....

  • This Saturday 30 July is World Day against Trafficking in Persons. Read here to find out about the work Oak's grantees are doing in Moldova to combat this crime. This is an Issues Affecting Woman article from our 2015 Annual Report.

  • Human rights abuses occur on a daily basis around the world. Some 30 per cent of people requesting international protection in the United Kingdom have been victims of human cruelty. In fact, it has been proven that people who have suffered any kind of prolonged inter-personal violence – human trafficking, war, community, domestic or gender-...

  • Every week Oak will feature an article reminding you of the great work our partners.
    Check out this Child Abuse Programme article from our 2014 Annual Report.

  • The Child Protection Hub is an interactive platform for professionals striving for a safe, nurturing and inclusive environment for all children. Created by a group of individuals and organisations from 10 different countries, this online community allows people to learn and explore, connect with colleagues and exchange information.

    Child...

  • In North Carolina in the United States, the demand for affordable and quality housing is at a premium. Around 300,000 families spend more than half of their gross income on housing, some 10,518 homes go without heat in winter and 16,548 lack indoor plumbing. Oak grantee Habitat for Humanity of North Carolina has an ambitious project to help...

  • Based in Essex, England, Havens Hospices provides palliative care to adults and children with chronic, life-limiting or terminal conditions, with the aim of making every day count. The care they provide is unique in the area and is free of charge – for as long as it is needed – within the home and at their two hospices: Fair Havens and Little...

  • “Between birth and third grade, children learn to read, and after third grade, children read to learn. If you’re not reading by third grade, you’re in trouble.” So says Elon University, which is renowned for engaged and experiential learning.[1]

    According to the United States...

  • Every five minutes, a child dies as a result of violence. As Liam Neeson, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, says “every adult alive today has grown up in a world where violence against children happens everywhere”.  Abraham Keita, international children’s peace prize winner 2015, adds “every day I see violence in my community. I feel sad because for...

  • A project to explore how the Payment by Results (PbR) commissioning model can improve outcomes in UK public services was launched in September 2015.  The project involved the development of an interactive tool for commissioners and providers to decide whether the PbR model was effective in commissioning public services, including for criminal...

  • Mega sporting events such as the Olympic Games or the FIFA World Cup attract global attention and excitement. Thousands of spectators flock to cities and countries around the world to watch inspiring athletes compete, and millions more watch from afar. Positive consequences such as economic growth and increased tourism are just some of the...

  • One in five people in the United States have learning and attention issues like ADHD and dyslexia. Many of them feel alone, but they are not.

    Roadtrip Nation works to empower young adults to pursue their interests and passions and arms them with a realistic portrayal of what it takes to get there. Roadtrip Nation has made an hour-long...

  • Based in New York City, Good Shepherd Services is a leading youth development agency that helps more than 26,000 children, youth and families each year. Working in Brooklyn and the Bronx in particular, it provides individual, family and school-based services to prevent youth from becoming disconnected from their families, schools and society....

  • Did you know that there are three million people being held in detention without trial around the world? Within the European Union alone, there are more than 120,000. That’s one in five people in prison who have not yet been found guilty of a crime.

    Of course it is necessary in some cases to detain a person for a certain period of time...

  • Research shows that men’s active involvement in fatherhood has positive effects on the cognitive, emotional and social development of infants and children. When fathers are present, family relations are strengthened, women enjoy improved economic opportunities and men’s own health improves.1

    männer.ch/ masculinities.ch is the umbrella...

  • Every year 250,000 children are reported missing in the European Union alone. This works out at almost one child every two minutes.[1] What has happened to these children and where have they gone? Some children run away or are lost, others are abducted by a parent, perhaps following a...

  • The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an Oak grantee which provides treatment and care to adults and children with cancer, and researches tomorrow’s cures. The Young Adult Program (YAP) at Dana-Farber recognises the unique set of challenges that young adults with cancer face. YAP helps to address these...

  • Since the 20th century development of industrial agricultural practices, food production has undergone a radical transformation. With machinery, pesticides and biotechnology, food supplies have increased and become more affordable but there have also been ecological and social consequences.

    A community of farmers and grass-root...

  • Fifteen years ago, we made a commitment to support marine conservation efforts in Belize and surrounding countries for 20 years.  During that time we provided USD 46 million to 78 organisations.

    As we get close to our 20-year mark in our strategy, we are now shifting our direct support in Belize and will close our offices in July 2016....

  • Oak Foundation wants its grantees to have the greatest possible impact and we want to provide the best possible support to our grantees. To this end, we carry out programme evaluations and Grantee Perception Surveys (GPS) every five years.  The feedback we get from these helps us to provide our partners with quality support that enhances our...

  • Oak grantees Breakthrough and Videre est Credere have been awarded the 2016 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.

    Breakthrough, based in the US and India, works to prevent violence against women. It believes that by transforming the societal and cultural norms that lead to inequality and violence, change can happen. “Nearly 57 per...

  • In much of Afghanistan, limited roads, basic infrastructure and harsh weather conditions mean that gaining access to education is a challenge. Afghani people have worked hard to overcome the odds, even going to school with a zeal to learn before there are any buildings in place. The Nai Qala Association, supported by Oak Foundation, is...

  • Videos are a salient feature of our modern daily lives and a dominant form of communication. Everything from a child’s birthday party to a bank robbery can now easily be recorded on our phones.

    While modern technology brings many benefits, the reality is that videos can pose a threat to anyone who may need to hide their identity. Human...

  • In China in 2015, all 366 cities surveyed failed to meet World Health Organization air quality standards.

    Oak is supporting the government and several organisations in China as they work to reduce CO2 emission across the country.

    Check out this video to find out about the great work of our...

  • Women and girls routinely face discrimination throughout their whole lives. According to UNESCO, 63 million girls around the world have no primary or lower secondary education and as a consequence, many cannot read or write. Globally, 700 million girls are forced into marriage, often to much older men.

    Additionally, women regularly face...

  • In China in 2015, all 366 cities surveyed failed to meet World Health Organization air quality standards.

    Oak grantee and environmental group WildAid have produced a video raising the issue of pollution in a quirky way. "Hairy Nose," a new public service announcement is now being featured on a number of popular social media sites,...

  • Around the world, women earn approximately 77 per cent of men’s earnings. Women face job restrictions in 100 countries — they’re barred from working certain factory jobs in 41 countries and they cannot get a job without permission from their husbands in 18 countries.

    When women are economically empowered they raise healthier, better-...

  • More than 8 million tonnes of plastic are dumped into our oceans every year. A Plastic Ocean is a new adventure documentary that brings to light the consequences of our global disposable lifestyle.

       
    In "A Plastic Ocean", an international team of adventurers and researchers embarked on an expedition that delves into seemingly...

  • Firstly, Oak Foundation would like to wish a Happy New Year to all our partners and colleagues! We hope that you and your families had a happy, restful holiday and that you are ready, as we are, for another eventful year. In 2016, we believe that the work of our partners – with their commitment to peace, social justice and equal opportunity –...

  • For the past 15 years, the Environment Programme at the Oak Foundation has been making a series of targeted grants in small-scale fisheries through its Belize and North Pacific Arctic sub-programmes in marine conservation. As part of a new strategic plan, the programme would like to capture lessons learned from these investments and better...

  • The mission of the Oak Foundation is “to address issues of global social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged.”
       
    The Environment Programme at Oak Foundation was one of the first two programme areas established at the Foundation. The Environment Programme’s grant-...