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Open Society Initiative for East Africa (OSIEA)

Nairobi, Kenya
Joined March 2012
Presence in: Kenya

The Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa promotes public participation in democratic governance, the rule of law, and respect for human rights by awarding grants, developing programs, and bringing together diverse civil society leaders and groups. Based in Nairobi, with an office in Uganda, the initiative supports work in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Sudan as well as regional organizations whose mandate encompasses eastern Africa.

The initiative’s work takes place in a region where democratic gains are simultaneously being made and reversed. In this context, the initiative’s key goal is to amplify the voices of Eastern Africans to call for accountability from their governments. The initiative supports local and regional groups working to advance democratic governance and public accountability, challenge corruption, strengthen free media, and end stigma and abuse directed at marginalized groups, such as ethnic minorities, people affected by HIV, sexual minorities, and drug users.

In addition to working with a wide variety of national civil society groups, the initiative pursues projects to promote greater civil society interaction with African Union programs, such as the New Partnership for Africa’s Development. To support ongoing international justice investigations in Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, and Uganda, the initiative works to increase awareness and information about international criminal justice in east Africa.

Activities and projects recently supported by the Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa include a four-year program to track implementation of Kenya’s mediation accord following the post-election violence of 2008, empowering community groups to monitor the use of public funds, promoting the passage and implementation of freedom of information laws in the region, protecting human rights defenders under threat, and promoting human rights in health care policy. In oil-rich countries like Sudan and Uganda, the initiative has focused on helping environmental governance groups participate in policymaking regarding government management and use of oil and other natural resources.

People Associated With This Organization

Aggrey Aluso

Open Society Initiative for East Africa...
Joined June 2018
Interests: Criminal Justice, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Health, Livelihoods, Right to Information
I am a social scientist with more than 15 years’ experience of work in Policy Advocacy and Governance with a focus on health rights, gender, human rights and child rights and I have a passion for empowering communities. I am currently the health and right Program Manager at OSIEA where I oversee a number of portfolios. At OSIEA I lead a number of initiatives aimed supporting marginalized groups to challenge the numerous structural challenges including those emanating from repressive legal environment that undermine health outcomes of particularly the marginalized population. Part of the portfolio I oversee include harm reduction and drug policy work, governance for health which seeks to address the impact of governance challenges in health outcomes, palliative care, legal strategies to promote health rights amongst others.

My interest in joining this network is to learn and excahnge ideas with other practitioner around the work on their expereinces on using legal strategies.

Anne Gathumbi

Open Society Initiative for East Africa...
Joined March 2012
Anne Gathumbi was a project director with the Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa and the Public Health Program. She was responsible for the organization’s work to promote legal initiatives to advance the human rights of East Africans living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Gathumbi has more than 13 years experience working on justice and women’s human rights issues in East Africa.

Gathumbi has served as a program officer both with Trocaire’s East Africa Office and with the Legal Resources Foundation (pioneering a community paralegal program). She was a founding member of the Coalition on Violence Against Women, where she helped build a leading civil society network and spearheaded policy reform initiatives on women’s rights issues. Gathumbi graduated from the University of Nairobi Law School and holds a postgraduate diploma in community development.

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Christopher Abuor Martin

Open Society Initiative for East Africa...
Joined August 2017
Interests: Criminal Justice, Gender-based violence, Health, Traditional / Customary Justice
Chris Abuor is working with Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa (OSIEA), having joined the organization in July 2013. I am a committed human rights advocate with experience that spans community organizing in the informal settlements in Kenya to working in large international philanthropic organizations as a community mobiliser. Living in one of the largest slums in Kenya, he co-founded a youth-led community groups that focuses on Right to housing, conflict resolution and peace-building (a much needed endeavor particularly after the 2007 post-election violence which I personally witnessed) and initiated community empowerment program.

I am looking for opportunities to learn and share experience about our daily endeavors to improving legal environment for the communities that are marginalized and are living at the margins

I am pursuing Criminal Justice and Security management at the Africa Nazarene University in Nairobi Kenya.

Emmanuel Sibomana Kamonyo

Open Society Initiative for East Africa...
Joined February 2015


Open Society Initiative for East Africa... (Unverified)
Joined December 2021
Interests: Children's Rights, Citizenship & Identification, Community / Customary Land Rights, Community Organizing, Community Paralegals, Criminal Justice, Disability Rights, Education, Environmental Justice, Ethnic / Religious Minorities' Rights, Family, Financial Sustainability & Fundraising, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Health, HIV/Aids, Housing Rights & Informal Settlements, Indigenous Peoples' Rights, Labor & Employment, Legal Aid & Public Interest Law, LGBTQI+ Rights, Livelihoods, Other, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Policy Advocacy, Protection & Safety, Refugees & Migrant Rights, Right to Information, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights
Adaptable candidate with Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and almost 4 years of experience in different roles. I worked as Consulting Legal Officer, Legal Coordinator, researcher, and Legal Aid Specialist to promote organizational programs and services. I have worked with Local and International Organizations in different roles, with an in-depth understanding and ability to manage and evaluate legal and socio-economic developments in Somalia.

Able to work effectively as part of a team and flexible to adapt to the demands of a wide range of situations, communicate effectively with a broad range of the diverse population. I believe to use my skills, knowledge and expertise to their fullest potential in reducing Human sufferings.
Anne Gathumbi is the network champion (main point of contact) for Open Society Initiative for East Africa (OSIEA).

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