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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

A Win for Victims of Forced Sterilization in Namibia

December 17, 2014 by Nyasha Chingore-Munazvo

In a ruling that could have implications throughout Africa, Namibia’s highest court ruled that public hospitals violated the rights of five women by sterilizing them without their informed consent.

Four Laws That Are Devastating Public Health in Uganda

December 15, 2014 by Naomi Burke-Shyne

For Ugandan lawmakers, it seems the best cure for a public health problem is a draconian prison sentence.

Court Clears the Way for Greater Press Freedom in Africa

December 11, 2014 by Peter Noorlander

In a judgment that could have ramifications throughout the continent, an African international court has ruled that journalists should be protected from imprisonment for criminal defamation.

Open Society People

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