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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 Link Between Functioning Toilets and Justice

January 21, 2015 by Fatima Hassan 2

In Cape Town’s informal settlements, people face the threat of assault, rape, and murder simply because they don’t have access to a secure toilet near their home.

Is Interpol Vulnerable to Political Abuse?

January 20, 2015 by Libby McVeigh, Alex Tinsley

The global policing organization is a crucial instrument in the fight against crime—and sometimes, a way for corrupt officials to hunt down their critics.

Fortifying Africa Against Instability Caused by Climate Change

December 22, 2014 by Firmin Mbala 2

As rising temperatures throw parts of the continent into chaos, an initiative aims to build resilience to the deadly conflicts catalyzed by a shifting climate.

Open Society People

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