The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) is a Johannesburg-based foundation, which was established in 1997. OSISA works in ten Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries: Angola, Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

OSISA works differently in each of these ten countries, according to the local conditions. There are specialised programme managers in Angola, Zimbabwe and Swaziland – these being the three countries in which significant structural governance questions still remain.

OSISA operates in a region where most citizens live below the poverty line and the standards of living are distressing. OSISA’s mission is to therefore contribute towards social organization in the countries of the region, for, and monitoring, universal citizen access to socio-economic rights and human development needs.

As a result, OSISA has supported EJN’s initiatives that complement poor capacity of regional governments to negotiate effectively in the multilateral trading system, and with creditor and donor governments for loan and aid terms respectively. The organization has recently supported EJN on a research project that will critically discuss the social impact of the financial crisis in the SADC region. This very relevant project will focus on six countries and examine how and if these developing counties are coping in these recessionary times.

EJN welcomes this new partnership and looks forward to, together with OSISA, being a positive step towards; economic justice, poverty eradication and a better life for all in the region.

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