What we fund


In the Child Abuse Programme, we envisions a world in which all children are protected from sexual abuse and sexual exploitation. Recognising that for many children these forms of abuse do not exist in isolation from other forms of abuse and violence, Oak supports initiatives that:


  • directly address sexual abuse and sexual exploitation; and/or
  • diminish other forms of abuse and violence that are related to or impact upon sexual abuse and sexual exploitation.

To support effective programming, the promotion of child rights, wellbeing and full development is at the heart of our funding.


We have a particular interest in promoting and supporting learning from the work of partners. This is done through the identification of learning opportunities within our existing partnerships as well as through new partnerships specifically designed to drive learning forward across the sector. Please refer to our What we're learning page for more information.


Where we fund


We fund organisations in Switzerland, Bulgaria, Latvia, Moldova, Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania. Please see examples of our grants in the Grant Database.

An overview of the Programme's grant-making in Bulgaria over the past 10 years is presented in the document: Bulgaria: an overview of Oak Foundation's current strategy and grant-making

Priority Areas


We support initiatives that:

  1. end the sexual exploitation of children by reducing societal tolerance of the sexual exploitation of children; preventing entry of children into sexual exploitation; creating strong, enforceable legislative environments to protect children from sexual exploitation; and ensuring that children who are sexually exploited have access to a range of services that enhance their safety and wellbeing and support exit from sexual exploitation;
  2. engage men and boys in combating the sexual abuse of children by providing greater opportunities for men and boys to engage positively in children’s lives and to protect them from sexual abuse; increasing the respect between boys and girls for their different and equally valuable contributions to families and communities; addressing potential abusers; and reducing the incidence of sexual abuse of children and levels of recidivism; and
  3. promote the prevention of violence against children and the protection of children from all forms of violence, including sexual violence.
In addition, initiatives that will be a feature of our work in the next five years include: protecting children who move from their homes and are therefore especially vulnerable to abuse; and ending the long-term placement of children in large, anonymous care institutions through the development of alternative solutions within families and communities.


Please read the Child Abuse Programme Strategic Frame for more information on our programme priorities and current grant information.



Click here to view all grants awarded under this programme in our  Grant Database.