Oak Foundation : Donor Profile

Oak Foundation, a private philanthropy headquartered in Geneva, commits its resources to issues of global social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. Its International Human Rights programme focuses on combating impunity, protecting human rights defenders and upholding detention rights, including in the immigration context.

Tim Parritt – Programme Officer, International Human Rights

portraitOfficeOak Foundation provided early seed support to IDC to strengthen its organisational foundations as it emerged as a newly independent institution in 2008-9.

Attending an Asia Pacific regional workshop in 2010, it was clear that IDC could no longer be described as ‘fledgling’. A broad and diverse group of member organisations, drawn together through agreed policy positions, targeted research and technical support, energetically drew on IDCs framework of global advocacy priorities to hash out locally appropriate action plans – ranging from detention monitoring protocols to the development of locally appropriate ATD.

The development of a robust global network of member organisations, combined with the strategic application of research and technical expertise, has given IDC the representational and substantive credibility to engage effectively with governments on reform of detention policy and practice.

Oak_quoteAs starkly illustrated by the current refugee crisis in Europe and the Middle East, global migration flows are set to remain a critical challenge for the foreseeable future. In this context IDC’s work to combat the misuse of detention as a ‘tool of choice’ for migration management will remain particularly important.

Detained refugees, asylum seekers and migrants are among the most powerless and voiceless. By presenting credible detention alternatives, notably community-based case management programs, which are rights-respecting with high compliance rates and lower costs, IDC offers a route to practical solutions.Oak-quote-2 Moving these solutions from policy to practice will not be easy, but IDC is uniquely well-positioned to facilitate and support the necessary national implementation processes – engaging government, civil society and other stakeholders.