About Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa
OSIEA is a part of the global Open Society Foundations network. Founded in 2005, OSIEA plays an active role in encouraging open, informed dialogue about issues of public importance. We support individuals and groups to participate in matters that affect them in order to demand fair treatment, delivery of services and accountability from their leaders and institutions.
Our Mission & Values
We promote democratic governance, justice and human rights, respect for the rule of law, and the protection of the rights of minorities. We also partner with minority communities on the fringes of society; those most subject to violence, discrimination and stigma.
We believe there is space for all of us.
At OSIEA, we make it possible for the smallest bird to sing on top of a tree. Our organizational values are the lens through which we do our work on integrity, accountability (to each other and to others), celebration of diversity and collegiality. We seek possibility; the question is more important than the answer.
For the past decade (2005- 2016), OSIEA has supported what many saw as lost and unpopular causes. Over the years we have successfully nurtured and supported movements for persons living on the margins of society such as sex workers, people living with HIV, persons with disabilities, LGBTI persons, and injecting drug users. With our partners in settings such as Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan, we have stood on the side of justice and accountability for serious human rights violations.
OSIEA now has a new strategy. The primary and over-arching goals in our new strategy (2017-2020)are protection of human rights, the rule of law and equal access to justice; protection of the rights of the marginalized communities particularly women, pastoralists, persons with disabilities, people who use drugs, and LGBTI persons; and advancing accountability, fair distribution, and sustainable use of resources.
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