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Bases for Being Independent

Overview

The Ikoku Foundations are committed to civil liberties and fundamental freedoms as the founding and continual bases for their independence.

Therefore, persons engaged in activity within, for, on behalf of, in reference to and otherwise pertaining to The Ikoku Foundations are expected to uphold the following:

Civil Liberties as Respected

— that The Ikoku Foundations make every reasonable effort to ensure civil liberties are respected and not violated.

Freedoms as Respected

— that The Ikoku Foundations make every reasonable effort to ensure fundamental freedoms are respected and not violated.

Independence as Essential

— that The Ikoku Foundations make every reasonable effort to ensure its independence is essential to its work, maintained, respected and not violated.

Accordance with Ethics

— that The Ikoku Foundations ensure following the above principles further remains in accordance with the Codes and Policies and especially the Founding and Governing Code of Ethics.

Further Considerations

Your Knowledge and Agreement

The Ikoku Foundations strongly recommend you develop and maintain your knowledge of all the Codes and Policies, and so asks that you read, understand and regularly visit this page and other communications regarding the Policy on Independence and Freedoms, as well as the Codes and Policies. The Ikoku Foundations take your continued visiting and use of their Products and Services, including its Sites, as active indication of your knowledge, understanding, legally binding acceptance and agreement.

Your Duty to Corporate Integrity

To protect the corporate and organizational integrity of The Ikoku Foundations — as well as the properties, rights and protections of the corporations and their official persons — The Ikoku Foundations require all natural and legal persons concerned to read, understand, abide by and, where applicable, sign contracts and agreements delineated and described in the Policy on Corporate Integrity.

The Ikoku Foundations remind you that the Policy on Corporate Integrity forms part of The Ikoku Foundations User Agreement and Code of Conduct. Thus, The Ikoku Foundations take your continued visiting and use of their Products and Services, including its Sites, as active indication of your legally binding acceptance of this Policy as well as the Codes and Policies.

Your Questions and Feedback

Please contact policies@ikokufoundations.org with any feedback, issues or questions — which will be addressed by the President, CEO and Chair, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku.

Your Reporting of Violations

If you detect, notice or are informed of a possible breach or violation of this Policy or any of these Codes and Policies, please contact policies@ikokufoundations.org with any details you have — which will be addressed by the President, CEO and Chair, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku.

The Definitions

As with all official documents, materials, policies and statements of The Ikoku Charitable Trusts, definitions for terms used here can be found in the main Codes and Policies page. Please do continue with the Policy on Independence and Freedoms via further reading below.

Freedoms and Liberties

Provision

Along with the above key principles, the Policy on Independence and Freedoms requires your adherence to correlative freedoms and liberties delineated below.

A — Of Community

Freedoms of Affiliation

that the fundamental freedoms of persons to affiliation — as they pertain to affection, family, friendship, marriage, partnership and relations — be fulfilled, fully enjoyed, protected and neither interfered with nor diminished.

Freedoms of Arts and Culture

that the fundamental freedoms of persons to arts and culture — as they pertain to expression, inquiry, practice and theory — be fulfilled, fully enjoyed, protected and neither interfered with nor diminished.

Freedoms of Association

that the fundamental freedoms of persons to association — as they pertain to assembly, gathering, participation and spirituality — be fulfilled, fully enjoyed, protected and neither interfered with nor diminished.

B — Of Persons

Freedoms of Autonomy

that the fundamental freedoms of persons to autonomy — as they pertain to being informed, cognition, consent, decision-making, emotion, reason, thought and use of humans as means — be fulfilled, fully enjoyed, protected and neither interfered with nor diminished.

Freedoms of Dignity and Integrity

that the fundamental freedoms of persons to dignity and integrity — as they pertain to capabilities, equanimity, humanity, personhood and respect — be fulfilled, fully enjoyed, protected and neither interfered with nor diminished.

Freedoms of Exchange

that the fundamental freedoms of persons to exchange — as they pertain to consented, legal and respectful communication, ownership, property and trade — be fulfilled, fully enjoyed, protected and neither interfered with nor diminished.

C — From States

Freedoms from Public and State Intrusion

that the fundamental freedoms of persons from intrusion — as they pertain to imposition or violation by the community, professions, public and state — be fulfilled, fully enjoyed, protected and neither interfered with nor diminished.

Liberties of Independence

that the civil and human liberties of persons to independence be fulfilled, fully enjoyed, protected and neither interfered with nor diminished.

Liberties of Citizenship

that the civil and human liberties of persons to citizenship be fulfilled, fully enjoyed, protected and neither interfered with nor diminished.

Questions and Violations

If you have any questions regarding this Policy, or wish to report any violations you notice (or feel may be occurring), please contact us at policies@ikokufoundations.org.

Child Looking Up Among Adult Celebrants
Child at Ceremony, Ikorodu, Nigeria, 2016 (Oshomah Abubakar)
Boy Smiling While Showing Hand String Game
Boy Playing Hand Game, 2017 (Alexander Radelich)
Child in Costume Looking at Camera
Niño, Cusco, Peru, 2018 (Ben Ostrower)
Tatooed Map on Outstretched Arm
Map on Arm, Dayton, US, 2017 (Don Ross III)
Woman with Arm on Head, Smiling
Woman in Joy, Kolkota, India, 2017 (Loren Joseph)
Boy Among Chidlren in Class, Looking at Camera
Children in Classroom, Nakasaki District, Kampala, Uganda, 2017 (Bill Wegener)
Woman Seated on Mat on Floor, Holding Fan
Seated by Kpone Katamanso District Assembly Office, Tema, Ghana, 2017 (Nathaniel Tetteh)
Girl Kneeling in Busy Street
Tibetan Girl, 2017 (Journey Yang)

Central and Associated Policies

Provision

As stated earlier, The Ikoku Foundations User Agreement and Code of Conduct consist of several Codes and Policies that collectively govern all of your activity with, within, for, in reference to and otherwise pertaining to The Ikoku Foundations. By continuing, you indicate that you understand that these Codes and Policies include — but are not limited to — the Founding and Governing Code of Ethics, the Policy on Privacy and Confidentiality, the Terms and Conditions of Use and Service, and the Acceptable Use Policy along with all Associated Codes and Policies. Access to the aforementioned is provided below.

Founding Code of Ethics

Founding Code of Ethics (HTML and PDF)

Privacy and Confidentiality

Policy on Privacy and Confidentiality (HTML and PDF)

Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions of Use and Service (HTML and PDF)

Acceptable Use Policy

Acceptable Use Policy (HTML and PDF)

All Associated Policies

All Associated Policies (HTML and PDF)

*Note

*Note: Please see the main Policies page for notice on conditions incompatible with the founding and mission of The Ikoku Foundations.

Ethics at The Foundations

The establishment of The Ikoku Foundations entails a set of core emphases that ensure and reflect the originating charitable mission and purposes. These emphases inform each instance of commitment, effort and work to achieve benefit, impact and success. And they furthermore produce three features evident in the resulting governance structure, operations and most importantly, communities:

01.

Governace Suited to Local and Global Philanthropy

The governing structure of The Ikoku Foundations have been designed to be attentive to needs and operations at the local and global level, as well as across the complex states and societies where the served communities reside, living shared, interdependent lives.

02.

With Respect Being Central to Ethics

At the core of the Founding and Governing Code of Ethics is a commitment to the most robust conceptions of respect and humanity, including and beyond what the law has protected and provided for, as The Ikoku Foundations fulfill their mission to serve the public interest in Africa, its global diasporas and the full range of shared societies.

03.

To Ensure a Just and Shared Future for Many

The Ikoku Foundations are inspired by peoples who have contributed to the foundations and development of their societies, despite a history of systemic difficulties. Who maintain an unyielding belief that the betterment of their human condition will foster the betterment of those living around them, and will enhance the futures of the regularly underserved, marginalized, disenfranchised. The Foundations draw from these examples a vision of the public good and common community that is their hope and objective.

More About Us

The Ikoku Foundations

The Ikoku Charitable Trusts and The Ikoku Foundations are independent, private, non-profit organizations that serve the public interest in Africa and its global diasporas — by advancing education and research and by also supporting creative ideas, civic endeavors and emerging communities, organizations and societies.

— About Us

Nature, Scope, Means

The Ikoku Foundations’ founding mission and ongoing emphases of support are for good works that help the public understand Africa's essential place in a global future, one that is to be more knowledgeable, environmentally sound, equitable and of deep benefit across communities in shared societies.

— Founding & Overview

Charitable Mission, Purposes, Goals

To this end, The Ikoku Charitable Trusts and The Ikoku Foundations are governed by a Board of Trustees and two differently dedicated Advisory Boards of Directors — a three-board system set out and defined in the original Declaration of Trust, where the Founding and Governing Code of Ethics is also delineated.

— Governance

Leadership, Boards, Documents

The policies provided on these Sites collectively constitute the User Agreement and Code of Conduct, which govern all activity and work in and for, access to and use of, association with and reference to The Ikoku Charitable Trusts and The Ikoku Foundations. Please read them attentively.

— Policies

Codes, Conditions, Terms

Take a look, and follow The Ikoku Charitable Trusts and The Ikoku Foundations. Follow, too, media events and the coverage that precedes them or ensues. You may also sign up for newsletters, which will update you about developments at these organizations and the communities they serve.

— Communications

Press, Newsletters, Reports

Join The Ikoku Charitable Trusts and The Ikoku Foundations as a potential leader, staff, board or committee member, researcher or educator, contributor, volunteer, partner or collaborator. A career of contributing to and helping define the greater good through these organizations may be the perfect fit for you.

— Careers at the Foundations

Jobs, Volunteer, Collaboration