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The Indian government provides safety nets for the most vulnerable but many people find it hard to access them because of social and geographical barriers. We recognise that it will take time to make these provisions readily accessible for everyone and hope to assist in this process.


In the India Programme, we have five Oak Programmes that work together to address a combination of issues that affect populations with less access to resources in Jharkhand and West Bengal located in east India. Ultimately, we aim to: improve the lives of the most marginalised groups; institutionalise practices that address poverty and social injustice; and build strong organisations at the grassroots.


Meet Paramita, our Programme Officer for the India Programme who talks about the programme's strategy.

Our funding principles


  • Work to prevent violence against children;

  • Help achieve housing stability;

  • Create strong, visible and effective women’s movements;

  • Prevent trafficking and exploitation;

  • Work with governments to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


In 2018  the Joint India Programme made 18 grants totalling USD 5.38 million.


We fund organisations that operate in West Bengal and Jharkhand in east India.



We provide core support and project funding to organisations that work in our priority areas. The ultimate aim of our programme is to protect people from discrimination, and support the full implementation of social and economic schemes.




Our grant-making involves the following priority areas :


1. Supporting safe migration and fair labour.
For example, we fund the Jharkhand Anti-trafficking Network, a cohort of 14 local organisations. It supports migrant communities to access information that helps them collaborate with the government to ensure the effective implementation of laws and policies. This helps protect them socially and economically, thus helping prevent their exploitation.


2. Supporting sustainable urban development, responsive governance and safety in mobility.
For example, we fund Ekjut in Jharkhand, which helps build the capacity of the State Department of Urban Planning and Development, city corporations and civil society to understand the needs of the urban poor and homeless populations, and provide them with appropriate services.


3. Supporting sustainable use and conservation of natural resources.
For example, we fund the Global Greengrants Fund to support small and marginal farmers to practice organic agriculture as a strategy to adapt to climate change.


4. Supporting freedom from violence in public and private spaces.

For example, we fund SWAYAM in West Bengal to mobilise communities to stop tolerating violence. It also provides support to survivors of violence, including psychosocial counselling, legal and medical aid and shelter.








All of our grants work simultaneously on cross-cutting themes, such as:

  • empowerment, citizenship and leadership, by supporting communities (including women and other marginalised groups) to access information, participate fully in decision-making processes and realise their entitlements and full potential; and
  • capacity building, by strengthening organisational practices that represent diverse communities, and improve systems abilities to represent grassroots people in negotiation with the government and other key actors.



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You can open or download our papers/publications by clicking on the links below.


  1. Brand Guidelines - India
    Year of publication: 2016


For our complete list of all publications (Foundational and other programmes), please visit our publication page.


Our mission

Oak Foundation commits its resources to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. With offices in Europe, Africa, India and North America, we make grants to organisations in approximately 40 countries worldwide.

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