The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) is a grant-making and advocacy foundation that is part of the global Open Society Foundations Network. OSIWA works to support the creation of open societies in West Africa marked by functioning democracy, good governance, the rule of law, basic freedoms, and widespread civic participation.
OSIWA supports innovative interventions with effective strategies that respond to the broader deep-seated political, justice and socio-economic roadblocks to open society in West Africa.
OSIWA seeks proposals covering the following specific themes:
- Economic Justice
- Government delivery of inclusive services
- Natural Resource & Energy Governance
- Inclusive Economic & Business Systems
- Democratic Governance
- Democratic Practice
- Security & Rights
- Equality, Justice and Human Rights
- Transitional Justice
- Equity & Social Inclusion
- Criminal Systems & Sanctions Reform
- OSIWA primarily awards grants to local organizations based in West Africa. In rare and limited circumstances, OSIWA provides support to West Africa-based international organizations with a strong commitment to transferring knowledge to local groups they partner with.
- The grants also go to government institutions as well as regional and sub-regional organizations working in the core priority areas.
- OSIWA requires all organizations seeking funding to be legally incorporated in their countries of intervention and interested organizations must submit a completed application proposal, budget, and other relevant documents including governance and leadership information.
For more information, visit https://www.osiwa.org/call-for-proposals/