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17 Sep 2016 description

Touching became forbidden; the scent of chlorine permeated the air. Whether directly or indirectly, Ebola, with its pervasive sense of abjection, affected every Sierra Leonean.

The concept of human dignity was central to how development partners, government, and the world responded to this emergency, which devastated the lives of many on a daily basis, as Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea weathered the worst health epidemic ever to hit West Africa.

30 Mar 2015 description

In the midst of Sierra Leone’s continuing struggle against Ebola, the epidemic seems to have taken a back seat of late to political wrangling around the sacking of the country’s vice president—in circumstances that demonstrate an alarming disregard for the rule of law.

17 Sep 2014 description

The Ebola virus is ravaging West Africa. Months before the World Health Organization declared an emergency, Open Society’s foundation in West Africa, led by Abdul Tejan-Cole, began bolstering local efforts—most significantly, ensuring vital prevention messages were heard on community radio stations throughout the region.

01 Feb 2011 description

February 1, 2011 | by Alpha Sesay

The following originally appeared on CharlesTaylorTrial.org.

Mabinty Kargbo was just 15 years old when, during Sierra Leone's horrific 11-year war, rebels cut off her hands and killed her parents in front of her.

Now, as the trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor draws to a close in The Hague, Mabinty waits anxiously to hear whether he will be held responsible for the rebels' crimes.

Taylor has been charged with backing the Revolutionary United Front (RUF), the group that fought more than a decade long campaign to seize …

25 Oct 2010 description

I. Introduction

Since the end of the Cold War, the illegal exploitation of natural resources has emerged as a primary means of financing armed violence.

21 Oct 2009 description

By Bronwen Manby


Laws and practices governing citizenship in too many African countries effectively leave hundreds of thousands of people without a nationality.

21 Oct 2009 description

First comprehensive analysis of Africa's citizenship laws highlights consequences of gender and ethnic discrimination

(Kampala, Uganda, 21 October 2009) - The lack of citizenship rights generates conflict and undermines democracy in many countries in Africa, according to two new studies by the Open Society Institute.

21 Oct 2009 description

Une analyse complète des lois sur la nationalité en Afrique met en exergue les conséquences de la discrimination basée sur le genre et l'appartenance ethnique

(Kampala, Ouganda, 21 octobre 2009) - L'absence de droits en matière de nationalité engendre des conflits et affaiblit la démocratie dans de nombreux pays africains, d'après deux nouvelles études réalisées par l'Open Society Institute.

21 Oct 2009 description

Par Bronwen Manby


Dans un trop grand nombre de pays africains, les lois et pratiques régissant la nationalité ont pour effet de laisser des centaines de milliers de gens sans nationalité. Les apatrides africains constituent l'un des groupes des populations les plus vulnérables du continent. Ils ne peuvent ni voter ni se présenter à des élections ; ils ne peuvent ni inscrire leurs enfants à l'école, ni voyager librement ou posséder une propriété foncière ; ils ne peuvent pas être employés par l'État ; ils sont exposés aux violations des droits humains.

22 Jul 2009 description

BRAC Leads Anti-Poverty Effort in Post-Conflict Countries

NEW YORK - BRAC is leading a $15 million initiative to rebuild war-torn communities in West Africa, four organizations supporting the effort announced today.

The Soros Economic Development Fund, Open Society Initiative for West Africa, Omidyar Network, and Humanity United are funding this groundbreaking initiative to support families and prevent renewed conflict.

"This investment in the people of West Africa comes at a critical time," said Stewart Paperin, president of the Soros Economic Development Fund.