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Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA)

Dakar, Senegal
Joined May 2012

Our mission is to promote and support open societies, inclusive democratic governance based on transparent and accountable institutions, active citizenry and economic advancement.

Presence in: Senegal
Focus: Economic Empowerment, Governance

Our Mission

OSIWA is dedicated to the creation of open societies in West Africa. We seek to promote inclusive democratic governance, transparent and accountable institutions and active citizenship in West Africa.

Our Vision

OSIWA’s long term vision of West Africa reveals a prospering region where open society values prevail. We envision a West Africa that is more integrated and where democracy thrives – a region where people enjoy basic freedoms, everyone can participate meaningfully in civic and political life, inequalities and inequities are minimized, exclusion gives way to greater appreciation for pluralism, and governments are accountable and corruption is on the wane.

People Associated With This Organization

Dakeyi Athanase

Open Society Initiative for West Africa... (Unverified)
Joined January 2018
Interests: Citizenship
I am 52 years old, holder of a post degree diploma in law, lawyer by profession and actively working in the shame of protecting and promoting the rights of people with disabilities in cameroon, in africa in particular and in the world in general. i am based in Nkongsamba, cameroon being the Permanent secretary of our organisation named mosohcameroun. you can read more on www.mosohcameroun.net, or visit facebook.com/mosoh Cam. thank you

Malick Mbengue Fall

Open Society Initiative for West Africa...
Joined August 2017
Interests: Access to Information, Citizenship, Gender-based violence, Land & Natural Resources, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Women's Rights
Malick Mbengue Fall is serving as the Senegal Country Program Associate at Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA). He joined the Foundation in 2012 and since then, with the Head of Office, is coordinating the implementation of the strategy and action plan for Senegal. Malick is part of the OSIWA Legal Empowerment team, and three other sub thematic (Minority Rights, Transparency and Accountability and Food Security teams). Part of his work includes grant making, advocacy, monitoring, evaluation and learning. Prior to joining OSIWA, Malick worked with a Civic Movement based in Dakar and focus on civic engagement, political participation, and human rights.
Malick hold an M.A in Political Science, an M.A in literature and civilization of the Anglophone world. He is a PhD candidate working on a case study on democratization processes n Sub-Saharan Africa

Mamadou Diallo

Open Society Initiative for West Africa...
Joined October 2017
Interests: Corruption, Economic Empowerment, Traditional / Customary Justice
Human rights activist

Marie N'guettia Akoua

Open Society Initiative for West Africa...
Joined August 2017
Interests: Access to Information, Citizenship, Criminal Justice, Gender-based violence, Governance, Peace-building & Transitional Justice
I hold a specialized Post Graduate Degree in Project Management and a Master’s Degree in Human Rights, Citizenship and Humanitarian Actions. I am a project management specialist . I am also passionate about human rights, particularly women and children's rights and transitional justice. I would like to joint this network to learn more about legal empowerment mechanisms, improve my knowledge on human rights in general and strengthen my professional network.

Mikang Longjan

Open Society Initiative for West Africa...
Joined July 2019
Interests: Access to Information, Criminal Justice, Economic Empowerment, Gender-based violence, Women's Rights
My name is Mikang Longjan and I work with the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) based off the Nigeria office as a Program Coordinator- Equality, Justice and Human Rights. This will be a great platform for networking and sharing information on this important strand of work.

Pamela Pratt

Open Society Initiative for West Africa...
Joined September 2018
Interests: Governance
I am development professional with over 7 years of experience and concentration in international development and philanthropy and with a background in project management, strategy development and stakeholder relationship management in Africa. Before joining OSIWA, I worked in various roles in organizations like Peace Corps as Community Economic Developer in Senegal, at Global Fund for Children as Program Associate, Africa in Washington DC and at Trust Africa where I was a Program Officer in Senegal.

At OSIWA, I manage the service delivery portfolio for health and education, looking at how we can strengthen these systems within West Africa. At OSIWA through our partners we are seeking to ensure citizens hold duty bearers accountable, and in ensuring that they get the public services they need, which is also a right. We have been successful in using social accountability mechanisms and building social movements for citizen’s grievances and redress. I’m seeking to learn more on how we

Tem Fuh Mbuh

Open Society Initiative for West Africa...
Joined May 2016
Interests: Citizenship, Criminal Justice, Gender-based violence, Traditional / Customary Justice
I am from Cameroonian and hold a Bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Buea, Cameroon, and a Master’s degree in Human Rights and Democratization from the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, South Africa. I have extensive knowledge and experience in national and international human rights practice, and prior to joining the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) as Law, Justice and Human Rights Program Officer, I served for over four years in various capacities at the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights In Banjul, The Gambia. My primary focus is on international human rights litigation, access to justice, the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty citizenship rights and the relationship between modern and traditional justice systems.
Tem Fuh Mbuh is the network champion (main point of contact) for Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA).

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