A construction site beside a road

Roma councilor Gheorghe Tudor talks with workers about water pipe construction in his village, Mărginenii de Jos, in Prahova County, Romania. Such infrastructure projects, initiated in this case after Tudor brought Roma needs to the attention of the local council, show that endeavors by Roma to become part of the political process lead to concrete gains. The Open Society Foundations support the efforts of Roma individuals and communities to embrace leadership roles and affect systemic change.

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Image credit: © Björn Steinz/Panos Pictures for the Open Society Foundations
A signpost

Since 2012, the bodies of hundreds of migrants have been discovered in Brooks County, just north of the Texas–Mexico border. Photographer Brandon Thibodeaux visited the region to document the toll. The Open Society Foundations support efforts by immigrants in the United States and around the world to press for change on their own behalf.

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Image credit: © Brandon Thibodeaux for the Open Society Foundations
Telephones on a table

From Colonel Muammar al-Qaddafi’s internet surveillance center, located in a six-story building in Tripoli, agents of the Libyan dictator monitored citizens’ movements and correspondence. When photographer Edu Bayer arrived there in summer 2011, it was an abandoned relic of a paranoid and oppressive regime. The Open Society Foundations support photography to engage and mobilize people around issues of justice and human rights.

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Image credit: © Edu Bayer
A woman in a crowd

In April 2014, less than two months after the Maidan, up to 5,000 demonstrators gathered at a pro-Ukrainian rally in the city of Donetsk. The Open Society Foundations support the efforts of groups and individuals working in Ukraine to create a society in which justice, democracy, and freedom of expression can thrive.

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Image credit: © Justyna Mielnikiewicz
Boats in the Mediterranean

Just south of Lampedusa island, the Italian Navy transfers 219 migrants to their ship. The migrants include Pakistanis, Syrians, Moroccans, Nigerians, and Nepalis who had left the coast of Libya with smugglers the night before. The Navy ship was operating as part of Italy’s “Mare Nostrum” project, searching for boats with migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea. The Open Society Foundations work to advance fair treatment of migrants and refugees.

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Image credit: © Carlos Spottorno/Panos Pictures


About George Soros

Investor and philanthropist George Soros established the Open Society Foundations to help countries make the transition from communism.

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Our Mission

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people.

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Open Society Voices

Across the world, the political left and right have inspired new populist support to end the demand for sex work through criminalization. This threatens the rights, health, safety, and wishes of sex workers.

Listen to highlights from a recent conversation among Open Society grantees immersed in the struggle for justice in Ferguson.



The White House, Pentagon, State Department, and Congress have all supported increased assistance to foreign military forces as a key component of U.S. strategy, including for counterterrorism. Is it working?


Making the Most of EU Funds for Roma seeks to create a critical mass of concerned actors at all levels who keep Roma inclusion high on the policy agenda.

Through grant making and advocacy, the Women’s Rights Program supports efforts to strengthen women’s rights organizations and movements, advance sexual and reproductive rights and justice, and promote economic rights.

Prohibition-based policies have led to a rise in drug-related violence, prison overcrowding, and an increase in HIV epidemics. The Global Drug Policy Program supports organizations that put forward alternatives.