The Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa (OSIEA) plays an active role in encouraging open, informed dialogue on issues of importance in Eastern Africa. Through a combination of grant-making, advocacy, and convening power, OSIEA is able to support as well as amplify the voices of pro-democracy organizations and individuals in the region and to strengthen their capacity to hold their governments accountable. This includes efforts to defend and support rights activists and pro-democracy advocates who come under attack for their work.
OSIEA occupies a unique niche as a donor organization in Eastern Africa. As both a donor and implementor working locally and internationally OSIEA has enormous flexibility in terms of reach and impact. It joins processes that are consultative as well as participatory. Further, its ability to be flexible in our funding criteria allows it to respond quickly to changing situations. Also, the Open Society Foundation add their own voice to debates and are not shy to take on rights issues that are deemed as politically sensitive or controversial.
OSIEA supports projects in the following programmatic areas:
However, the candidates should note that the Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa does not fund travel to attend conferences, seminars or workshops. Nor it provides scholarships for individual studies.
The Open Society OSIEA provides funds to organizations who are eligible to carry out their projects in Eastern Africa. Moreover, the organizations should submit a proposal (not exceeding 500 words) to apply for the funds. The organization should send their proposal to the Open Society Foundation via email.
The proposal should be keeping in lines with the template for OSIEA funds.
The Open Society Foundation has not set a closing date for the Eastern Africa Initiative funds. However, the foundation encourages to apply for the funds early.