Since 1948 the global community has developed an extensive body of international law and principles to protect human rights. But the development and implementation of these standards has always faced opposition. There remains a gulf between human rights rhetoric and the lived experience of so many people. We seek to close that gap.
Oak Trustees have a long-standing interest in protecting the fundamental rights of the individual, supporting those who champion that struggle, and ensuring that perpetrators of gross abuses are held to account.
Find out more about our Programme strategy here.
WATCH OUR PROGRAMME VIDEO
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In this introductory video, the IHRP’s director, Adrian Arena, talks about the work of the programme and the key challenges that they are facing today.
In 2017 the International Human Rights Programme made 55 grants totalling USD 25.16 million.
Our funding principles
Our grant-making is underpinned by the following;
Upholding the international legal framework
We support work that is based upon and seeks to uphold, strengthen and implement international human rights law;
Promoting systemic change
We prioritise initiatives that seek to deliver concrete systemic change beyond individual redress;
We support initiatives that seek to create change through activism (for example, advocacy campaigning and strategic litigation);
Strengthening our partners
Our grant-making is a partnership. We empower and build the capacity of our partners; and
Strengthening the global human rights movement
We support and mobilise diverse constituencies in support of human rights worldwide.
WHERE WE FUND
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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.