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Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA)

Johanessburg, South Africa
Joined December 2018

OSISA's vision is to promote and sustain the ideals, values, institutions and practices of open society, with the aim of establishing vibrant and tolerant southern African democracies.

Presence in: Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Africa
Focus: Access to Information, Community / Customary Land Rights, Corruption, Economic Empowerment, Education, Governance, Health, Land & Natural Resources, Peace-building, Women's Rights

In pursuance of this vision, OSISA’s mission is to initiate and support programmes working towards open society ideals, and to advocate for these ideals in southern Africa. This approach involves looking beyond immediate symptoms, in order to address the deeper problems – focusing on changing underlying policy, legislation and practice, rather than on short-term welfarist interventions. Given the enormity of the needs and challenges in the region it operates in – and acknowledging that it cannot possibly meet all of these needs – OSISA, where appropriate, supports advocacy work by its partners in the respective countries, or joins partners in advocacy on shared objectives and goals.

In other situations, OSISA directly initiates and leads in advocacy interventions, along the key thematic programmes that guide its work. OSISA also intervenes through the facilitation of new and innovative initiatives and partnerships, through capacity-building initiatives as well as through grantmaking.

Established in 1997, OSISA works in 10 southern Africa countries: Angola, Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. OSISA works differently in each of these 10 countries, according to local conditions.

People Associated With This Organization

Khetho Dlamini

South Africa  
Open Society Initiative for Southern...
Joined April 2020
Interests: Education
Rights to Education.

Rumbidzai Masango

South Africa  
Open Society Initiative for Southern...
Joined December 2018
Interests: Economic Empowerment, Land & Natural Resources, Women's Rights
Rumbi joined OSISA in 2017 as the Economic Justice Programme Manager. She has over 10 years’ experience in human rights, trade, tax justice, gender mainstreaming and communications. Prior to joining OSISA, she worked for the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) based in Cote d’Ivoire for two years, where she worked with partners on the first ever Human Rights Defenders Protection Law in Africa. She also has grassroots experience having worked as a Programme Officer at the Economic Justice Network of FOCCISA in Cape Town for four years. Rumbi holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Central European University (CEU), and a Bachelor in Social Science (Politics and Economics) from the University of Cape Town, UCT. She is also a FK Norway Fredskorpset Fellow (2011) and an Open Society Internship for Rights and Governance Fellow (2014).
Rumbidzai Masango is the network champion (main point of contact) for Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA).

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