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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.

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When Does a Hospital Become a Jail? When You Can’t Afford the Bill.

October 29, 2015 by Evelyne Opondo 4

After a Kenyan hospital detained two mothers after childbirth for nonpayment, it set in motion a landmark case with implications for human rights throughout the region.

All Too Familiar with the War on Drugs, Latin America Offers Advice to Africa

October 27, 2015 by Daniela Westphal Huber 1

At the center of the world’s illicit drug trade, Latin America is well positioned to teach other regions of the Global South what it’s learned about smarter drug policy.

With Upcoming Election, Tanzania Shows the Limits of “Good Enough Governance”

September 17, 2015 by Bram Dijkstra, Marta Martinelli 1

For half a century, Tanzania’s ruling party has clung to power. But a legitimate opposition coalition may mount a significant challenge this October.

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