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Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA)
22 September 2011
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The Open Society
Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) is a growing African institution
committed to deepening democracy, protecting human rights and enhancing
good governance in the region.
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 in which people, free from material
and other deprivation, understand their rights and responsibilities
and participate actively in all spheres of life.
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 grant making.
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.
should be submitted not later than 22 September 2011, and if selected
full articles should be submitted not later than 11 November 2011.
OSISA will notify you by 28 September 2011 if the abstract has been
accepted. Publication of the paper is conditional on producing a
final paper of publishable quality. Participants will be notified
if papers are accepted for presentation at a roundtable strategic
convening to be held in 2012.
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