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The Open Society Foundations in Africa seek to combat negative perceptions about Africa by working with local actors to support democratic governance, criminal justice reform, natural resource regulation, independent media, and public health reform, with a particular focus on HIV and AIDS.

The Open Society Foundations support and strengthen voices in Africa to ensure they become informedand active participants who hold governments accountable, defend human rights and the rule of law,amplify marginalized populations, and ensure equitable distribution of wealth.

Partnering with key members of civil society and government institutions, the regional Open SocietyFoundations in West Africa (OSIWA), East Africa (OSIEA), South Africa (OSF-SA), and Southern Africa(OSISA) work on the ground across more than 25 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

Whether it be supporting the passage of an anticorruption law in Guinea, helping build constitutionalreform in South Sudan, or defending gay rights movements in South Africa, Open Society’s Africafoundations are engaged in public advocacy efforts, partnership building, knowledge sharing, andlitigation. Each foundation adopts its own strategy and approach in addressing the critical challengesparticular to their region, yet each is also guided by the same overriding goal of helping improve thelives of Africans on the continent and helping ensure a just open society prevails.

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Open Society Voices

The Transformative Power of Photography and Collaboration

October 28, 2014 by Anna Overstrom-Coleman

Recipients of the 2014 Audience Engagement Grants cover a range of places, populations, and ways to merge activism with documentary art.

Public Broadcasting Services Can Deliver Democratic Values. Few Do.

October 28, 2014 by Marius Dragomir, Mark Thompson

Public broadcasting services can express the ideals of a democracy. But as of now only a few in the world really serve the public.

Five Legal Strategies that Preserve the Rights of Women Living with HIV

October 22, 2014 by Melanie Croce-Galis 1

Women living with HIV can easily lose their homes and property. The resulting hardship can keep them from treatment, and dependent in relationships. But these legal strategies can help protect their rights and their health.

Open Society People

Regional Director for Africa
Open Society Foundations–New York
Senior Legal Officer
Open Society Justice Initiative