The Open Society Forum prioritizes governance and policy issue activities such as monitoring elections, expanding access to justice, promoting transparency in natural resource revenues, and increasing citizen oversight of government budgets and expenditures. The forum has addressed the issues that arise from Mongolia’s abundant mineral wealth by acting as advocate for transparent and fair management of mineral wealth. The forum has also supported broader public monitoring of other national fiscal policies and budget processes.
In cooperation with the Open Society Justice Initiative, the Open Society Forum has provided legal aid to indigent people and prompted government efforts to establish legal aid centers throughout the country. The forum has also helped ensure that elections are free and fair by supporting nongovernmental organizations engaged in election monitoring and voter registration. Those efforts have helped open up Mongolian election procedures, which had previously restricted the role of domestic election observers.