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Mindful of South Africa’s past, the Open Society Foundation for South Africa (OSF-SA) seeks to promote:

  • Democratic, responsive, accountable and transparent governance.
  • The strengthening of democracy through informed and appropriate checks and balances on the exercise of public and private power.
  • The free flow of information and freedom of expression for all.
  • Informed and politically active communities.
  • Adherence to the rule of law and universal access to justice.
  • The ability of the poor, disadvantaged and marginalised to exercise their rights.
Open Society Foundation OSF-SA programs

In seeking to promote these principles, OSF-SA is guided by the values contained in the South African Constitution of human dignity and non-discrimination, and seeks the achievement of substantive equality and the advancement of human rights. OSF-SA is committed to promoting the values, institutions and practices of an open, non-racial and non-sexist, democratic, civil society. It works for a vigorous and autonomous civil society in which the rule of law and divergent opinions are respected.

OSF-SA works through a unique combination of both grant making and advocacy. This is supported by strategic research, demonstration projects, convening on niche issues and knowledge exchange with network and local partners. OSF-SA’s work is supported four grant-making programmes and a Research and Advocacy Unit.

OSF-SA is part of the Open Society Foundations. The work of OSF-SA focuses on South Africa and the office is based in Cape Town. Open Society Foundations’ work in the Southern Africa region (excluding South Africa) is carried out by the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) which is based in Johannesburg.


Perspectives on grant making in South Africa

‘Talking Philanthropy’ is a video series by Resourcing Philanthropy which features grantmakers, activists and civil society leaders on a range of topics that concern philanthropic giving in South Africa. OSF-SA’s Executive Director, Fatima Hassan, is featured in the videos below which give insight into our philosophy around grantmaking. For more information, please view our Funding page.

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