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We are committed to deepening democracy, protecting human rights, and enhancing good governance.
The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa looks beyond immediate symptoms and works to address the region’s deeper problems through a variety of projects and activities.

Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa

The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa is committed to deepening democracy, protecting human rights, and enhancing good governance.

Established in 1997, the initiative looks beyond immediate symptoms and works to address the region’s deeper problems by using a variety of projects and activities in 10 southern Africa countries—Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

We work to foster more open societies in southern Africa by supporting activities that increase transparency and accountability in natural resource management; expand early childhood education; establish disability rights courses in universities; promote the rights of indigenous peoples, LGBTI individuals and sex workers; develop young women leaders; support investigative journalism; and improve budget monitoring and public debt management.