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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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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.

Pretrial Detention of Juveniles: As Common as It Is Wrong

September 1, 2015 by Marina Ilminska 1

The extended pretrial detention of juveniles should be a seldom-used measure of last resort, not the sadly common practice it is today.

How the United States Makes Corruption in Africa Worse

August 18, 2015 by Toby Shepard 16

A year after a summit that was supposed to spark reform, illicit financial flows continue to plague Africa—and lax U.S. financial regulations are partly to blame.

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Open Society Foundations–New York
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Open Society Justice Initiative

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