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We work to build an Africa where leaders are accountable, respectful of human rights, and invested in improving their citizens’ lives.
The Africa Regional Office works to support critical political and economic thinking and sustainable livelihoods, improve the quality of political participation, and pursue accountability for grave crimes.

Africa Regional Office

The Africa Regional Office’s strategy is framed by three key parameters: responding to challenges impeding Africa’s political and economic progress, for which a continental approach is relevant; complementing and maximizing the Open Society Foundations’ work in Africa; and enabling the Foundations to respond to unanticipated developments and opportunities on the continent.

The Africa Regional Office works to:

  • increase accountability and improve the quality of political participation by deepening our understanding of the future of democracy, improving the effectiveness of electoral support provided by the African foundations, revitalizing civilian oversight of African security forces, defending youth rights to organize and advocate, and advocating around unforeseen opportunities and developments;
  • construct a body and community of knowledge on critical economic thinking and access to improved livelihoods by moving African policies from immigration control to migration governance, improving access to better livelihoods, and coordinating closeout activities in support of food security in the context of climate change; and
  • build an African constituency to demand accountability for international crimes by strengthening civil society’s capacity to demand accountability for international crimes and support local solutions.

The Open Society Foundations’ work in Africa is anchored by our four African foundations and augmented by 14 thematic programmes. The Africa Regional Office works closely with the Open Society Initiative in East Africa, the Open Society Initiative in West Africa, the Open Society Initiative in Southern Africa, and the Open Society Foundation for South Africa.

The Africa Regional Office team is based in London, Dakar, Johannesburg, Nairobi, and New York, with associates teams in Brussels and Washington, D.C.