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OSF-SA 2018 Annual Report

“The year 2018 was a complex one politically, with regular and persistent threats to free media, incoherent government policies and decisions, allegations of state capture being brought into the open, and a lack of leadership in government and the ruling party. The years from 2009 to 2017 were characterised by unaccountability on the part of both the ruling party and the administration. At the same time, skilled and competent civil servants left the public service, which created immense capacity challenges. The election of President Cyril Ramaphosa brought hope to millions of South Africans that the country would be set on the road to economic recovery and accountable government. It would be easy to feel relieved, and to become complacent now that change has finally come again. But that is not the OSF-SA story.

Ours is a story of paying attention to the opportunities, of recognising the threats in the medium to long term, and of continuing our investment in a  sustainable and vibrant civil society. We will continue to do so in the next 25 years, making sure that our decisions are guided by our civil society, and ensuring that we support efforts, whether from civil society or the state, that promote openness, accountability, justice, and freedom of expression.”

– Yasmin Carrim, Chairperson OSF-SA

OSF-SA Open Society Foundation for South Africa Annual Report 2018
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OSF-SA 2017 Annual Report

“2017 was a year of immense political uncertainty and peril, and of challenges and change, both locally and globally. With the support of the OSF-SA Board, our team was able to provide support to over 80 organisations to respond to these changes and changemakers.

As in previous years, our Finance and Grant Support Units, with our programme team, issued grants to organisations working across the country to strengthen an open and democratic society.”

– Fatima Hassan, Executive Director OSF-SA

OSF-SA Open Society Foundation for South Africa Annual Report 2016
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OSF-SA 2016 Annual Report

“By the end of 2016, we had provided about 80 organisations with at least ZAR70 million in grants, with several being auto-renewal and multiyear grants. We have been able to leverage much-needed additional resources to fund the human rights sector in South Africa as a result of OSF network partner collaborations involving co-funding, our participation in two OSF Shared Frameworks on access to justice (Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals; Legal Empowerment), and the launch of the South African Constitutionalism Fund (a joint fund established by OSF, the Ford Foundation, and Atlantic Philanthropies involving USD25 million over a ten-year period).”

– Fatima Hassan, Executive Director OSF-SA

OSF-SA Open Society Foundation for South Africa Annual Report 2016
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OSF-SA 2015 Annual Report

“During 2015, we supported about 100 organisations in South Africa with approximately R60 million in grant support. Due to OSF/network partner collaborations involving co-funding, our participation in two OSF network-wide Shared Frameworks on Access to Justice and the launch of the Fund to Promote Constitutionalism (a Joint Fund established by OSF, the Ford Foundation and Atlantic Philanthropies amounting to USD25 million over a ten-year period), we have been able to leverage much-needed additional resources to fund the human rights sector in South Africa.”

– Fatima Hassan, Executive Director OSF-SA

OSF-SA Open Society Foundation for South Africa Annual Report 2015

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