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A Legal Lifeline for Communities Threatened by Resource Development Projects

April 29, 2015 | by Marena Brinkhurst

Meet the volunteer legal experts ensuring that resource development doesn’t bulldoze people’s lives.

Grantee Spotlight

Five Photographers Present Journeys Toward Freedom, Safety, and Self-Determination

April 21, 2015 | by Siobhan Riordan

From the creative act of authorship to the formidable journey to escape slavery, the stories highlighted in the next installment of the Moving Walls photography series explore people in pursuit of new worlds.

Seeing Africa Through the Eyes of Poets

March 30, 2015 | by Amanda Fortier

On a small island off the coast of Senegal, 22 poets got together to “rethink Africa” at a residency hosted by the Open Society Foundations.

Amid Ebola Emergency, Political Problems Distract Sierra Leone

March 27, 2015 | by Tehtena Mebratu-Tsegaye

The sacking of Sierra Leone's vice president has sparked political tensions and fueled concerns about the role of the constitution and the rule of law.

Grantee Spotlight

How Paralegals Delivered Access to Justice in the Jails of Sierra Leone

March 17, 2015 | by Marina Ilminska, Zaza Namoradze

Timap for Justice sent community-based paralegals into police stations in Sierra Leone. The result? Around half the people they helped were released on bail; more than a quarter saw charges dropped altogether.

The Role of the Internet in Building Just and Open Societies

February 11, 2015 | by Chris Stone

The Open Society Foundations and others are making a public commitment to work towards an internet that is built, used, and governed in ways that allow everyone to access it and benefit from its potential.

Why Violence Is Flaring at Europe’s Border Crossings

February 5, 2015 | by Helena Maleno Garzón

A spate of fatal incidents at the EU’s southern border crossings reveals an increasingly aggressive approach to stopping migrants at any cost.

The Link Between Functioning Toilets and Justice

January 21, 2015 | by Fatima Hassan

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

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.

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