BUILDING A WORLD TOGETHER

WHERE CHILDREN CAN THRIVE.

OVERVIEW

Our societies have the responsibility to help children thrive. The effects of childhood sexual abuse are long-lasting and often devastating. We believe that children everywhere deserve a positive future: the chance to grow and learn in safety – free from the threat of sexual abuse.

 

For more than 20 years we have supported organisations that share this commitment with multi-year project and core support grants. In that time, we have seen growing evidence that preventing the sexual abuse of children is possible. For example, in Nairobi, Kenya, rapes have dropped by more than 50% in communities where girls and boys take part in a powerful training programme called No Means No. In Northern Uganda, through REAL Fathers Initiative, after being mentored by trained peers, young fathers were half as likely to use physical, psychological and verbal violence with their wives and children.

 

Together with our partners – along with policy-makers, global institutions, business and the public – we can build societies where children are never sexually abused. To this end, we work through two sub-programmes to: (1) promote, advance and scale up solutions to reduce child sexual abuse; and (2) engage with and hold global institutions accountable to prevent abuse and to end impunity for child sexual abuse.

 

 

 

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Highlights from partner projects

OUR STRATEGY

The Prevent Child Sexual Abuse team launched this five-year strategy in December 2018. The strategy includes two sub-programmes: Solutions & Advancing Action and Accountability & Ending Impunity. It also includes limited support for strategic opportunities and initiatives. We plan to move to fewer, larger grants and to provide more core support. We have also made a commitment to take more risks, and welcome bold ideas that can unleash energy, much needed attention and hope.

 

 

SUB-PROGRAMME 1 - Solutions & Advancing Action

 

We have three targets:

 

Target 1 - Drive forward actions to reduce child sexual abuse and exploitation.

Target 2 - Scale interventions that accelerate the reduction of child sexual abuse and exploitation by:
a) engaging men and boys and promoting positive gender norms in early childhood; and
b) building healthy relationships amongst young adolescents.

Target 3 - Shine the spotlight on boys as victims and survivors of child sexual abuse.

 

Below you can discover some of the work that has been done by our partners.

Dardedze

- Latvia

Young children now know what’s appropriate and what’s not, thanks to a popular puppet named Dzimba. Dardedze will measure the impact of this promising programme to prevent child sexual abuse in hopes of scaling it to other regions.

 

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Target 1:
Drive solutions

No Means No

- Kenya

Rapes drop 50% after anti-violence trainings. Rape can be prevented. No Means No is scaling up its powerful training programme around the globe. 

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Opinion in The New York Times

 

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Target 1:
Drive solutions

Cash Plus Programme

- Tanzania

Cash plus adolescent programming reduces the risk of child sexual abuse. This pilot project offers a holistic approach – combining sexual violence prevention with livelihoods support and more – to keep them safe from sexual exploitation as they transition to adulthood.

 

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Target 2:
Scale intervention
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REAL Fathers

- Uganda

 

Peer mentoring brings a 50% drop in violence. REAL Fathers, which stands for Responsible, Engaged and Loving, is scaling up its initiative across Uganda and beyond. The transmission of violence can be stopped.

 

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Target 2:
Scale intervention
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Promundo

- Global

Promundo is an innovator in engaging men and boys in preventing violence and promoting gender equality. Its groundbreaking campaigns engage people across the globe.

 

 

 

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Target 2:
Scale interventions

All Survivors Project

- Global

The silence and taboos around the sexual abuse of boys and men must end. All Survivors, led by Charu Lata Hogg, works with survivors themselves to advocate for improved care and treatment of those affected by conflict-related violence.

 

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Target 3:
Spotlight boys

SUB-PROGRAMME 2 - Accountability & Ending Impunity

 

We have three targets:

 

Target 1 - Implement new child rights standards in international financial and sporting institutions.

Target 2 - Shift the paradigm to see young athletes as young people first.

Target 3 - Build global commitment to end impunity for child sexual abuse and exploitation.

 

Below you can discover some of the work that has been done by our partners.

 

 

Commonwealth Games

Federation

- Global

The Commonwealth Games is the first major sporting organisation to implement child rights standards, a move that safeguards children around the globe.

 

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Target 1:
Implement Standards

Bank Information Center

- Global

 

Large infrastructure projects can create unintended harm, including child sexual exploitation. The Bank Information Center works with local groups and the Bank to ensure that future projects prevent risks and responds to children who have been harmed.

 

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Target 1:
Implement Standards

Terre des Hommes

International Federation

- Global

Children can be exposed to many risks, including sexual violence, before, during and after mega-sporting events. Terre des Hommes  advocated for children's rights in the 2016 Olympics and other sporting events.

 

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Target 1:
Implement Standards

Equality Now

- Global

Those responsible for sexual abuse should be held to account. Equality Now is part of a growing global advocacy movement against impunity. With support from Oak Foundation, it is advocating for girls’ right to go to school in Tanzania even when pregnant, and for girls in Zambia to attend schools free from the threat of sexual violence.

 

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Target 3:

End impunity

STRATEGIC OPPORTUNITIES

We also support cross-cutting efforts beyond our sub-programme focus. This includes support for networks that strengthen the movement to end child sexual abuse, survivor groups and other catalytic or time-bound initiatives that advance our mission.

 

ECPAT International

- Global

ECPAT and its global network of 104 members in 93 countries work collaboratively with partners and stakeholders at the global, regional and national levels to ensure that children everywhere enjoy their fundamental rights, and are protected from all forms of sexual exploitation.

 

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Our Voices Too

- United Kingdom

Our Voices Too, an award winning European network of young people and professionals, is shifting the way the public looks at young people affected by sexual violence.

 

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SPECIAL INITIATIVE

We will support a special initiative that is guided by the interest of our Trustee to end child institutionalisation in Bulgaria (see Tanya’s Dream).

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Ending child institutionalisation in Bulgaria

Tanya Kovacheva was a leading child rights advocate and beloved member of the Oak staff who passed away in 2017. She knew that the practice of institutionalising children in crisis – often because their families were too poor to care for them – made them vulnerable to violence and sexual abuse. In 2010, thanks in large part to Tanya and her partners across the civil sector, the Bulgarian government pledged to close these institutions by 2025. The number of institutionalised children dropped from more than 7,000 children in 2010 to under 1,000 in 2018.

 

As Tanya knew well, much work remains to be done. In this video, she talks about the next generation of children, and her dream that the word “institutions” will be alien to them: “They will not be able to imagine what they were for, why they were needed.”

 

In honour of Tanya, the Oak Foundation Trustees have created a USD 10 million fund dedicated to realising her vision – one in which children live in families and communities without fear of violence and to reach their full potential.

WHERE WE FUND

OUR GRANT DATABASE

We take a global approach and fund where we can have the greatest impact and in specific geographies that build on our experience and advance our vision. In the Solutions and Advancing Action sub-programme we will prioritise East and South Africa and Europe to build on our past investments. In the Accountability and Ending Impunity sub-programme we will take a more global approach and will also include funding in the USA to change the way child athletes are seen.

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