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New Guidelines Seek to Humanize Africa’s Justice Systems

April 25, 2016 | by Stanley Ibe

A push to reform pretrial detention standards in Africa could change not only policies and practices, but attitudes as well.

The Extraordinary Journey To Bring a Murderous African Leader to Trial

April 25, 2016 | by Jonathan Birchall

The trial of the former ruler of Chad, Hissène Habré, marks a remarkable success for international justice; it’s the first time a former African leader has been held to account for atrocity crimes before an African court.

Raising the Profile of Pretrial Detention in Africa

April 21, 2016 | by Marina Ilminska, Martin Schoenteich

Many of the continent’s prison systems are in a state of crisis, burdened with overcrowding and an inability or unwillingness to protect the human rights of prisoners.

In Kenya, Overcoming Drug Fears to Expand Access to Palliative Care

April 20, 2016 | by Zipporah Ali

The UN’s global drug policy debate is a crucial chance to ensure the need for palliative care demand is met in Kenya and beyond.

South Africa Is Still Fighting an Apartheid-Like Drug War

March 9, 2016 | by Shaun Shelly

Its constitution is one of the world's most progressive, but you'd never know it from the way South Africa continues to fight drugs.

How a 20-Year Investment in Housing Helped Transform Post-Apartheid South Africa

February 26, 2016 | by Nhlanhla Mjoli-Mncube

As the Open Society Foundations’ partnership with NURCHA comes to a close, we look back at what was accomplished.

Spreading Access to Finance Across Ghana, One New Customer at a Time

February 25, 2016 | by Kate Murphy

By making face-to-face contact with people, mobile bankers help ease newcomers into the formal financial system.

Grantee Spotlight

African Queer Women Find Their Voices Through a Storytelling Project

January 29, 2016 | by Tracey Gurd

Open Society Youth Fellow Tiffany Mugo talks about the digital media toolkit she’s developing to help an underrepresented community share its stories.

Introducing Our New Podcast on International Justice and Human Rights

January 26, 2016 | by Jonathan Birchall

In the first episode of Open Society’s new monthly podcast, we examine the ICC trial of Laurent Gbagbo, former president of Ivory Coast.

A Chance to Get Drug Policy Right

December 17, 2015 | by Daniel Wolfe, Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch

In 1998, the world’s leaders hashed out a plan to create “a drug-free world.” In April, they’ll come together again—and search for a smarter way forward.

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