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

Why Ebola Should Be a Wake-Up Call for Drug Development

November 21, 2014 by Els Torreele, Piero Olliaro

The lack of drugs to cure or prevent Ebola shows that the private drug development is not meeting public health needs. Luckily, a new public model is emerging.

Lapdogs vs. Watchdogs: State Advertising and Media

November 18, 2014 by Mark Thompson, Marius Dragomir

In many countries, governments reward loyal media with millions in advertising revenue and, in doing so, stifle critical information.

Bringing the Streets to Politics: Hip-Hop Promotes Openness in Senegal

November 11, 2014 by Amanda Fortier 2

Senegalese youth learn to express and sustain demands for change through a project that emphasizes rap and hip-hop culture.

Open Society People

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