The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) is part of the global network of Open Society Foundations (OSF) . It promotes open society values by working towards building vibrant and tolerant democracies across the region, through various thematic and country programmes. OSISA is a growing African Institution committed to deepening democracy, protecting human rights and enhancing good governance in the region.
The Botswana Office in Gaborone was established in October 1973. The FES signed an agreement with the Government of Botswana in April 1974 manifesting strong ties with state institutions, civil organisations, trade unions and academic bodies. Priorities of cooperation were then placed on strengthening political institutions in order to enhance the democratic development of Botswana despite an adverse political environment in the neighborhood.