A primary goal guiding the work of the Open Society Foundation–Bratislava is to increase the ability of vulnerable groups to actively participate in public life. We focus on the promotion of human rights and changing public attitudes as key to achieving this goal. Our work with these groups and around these issues includes organizing trainings, conducting research, monitoring policy and legislation, and responding to and preventing hate crimes and hate speech.
Another focus for the foundation is helping establish and maintain a transparent and accountable judiciary based on ethical principles and a commitment to the rule of law. These efforts are based on research, advocacy, monitoring, and promoting public discussion.
We play an independent role within civil society that allows us to be an initiator and facilitator of discussions about addressing and resolving controversial issues. We see this role as particularly important in promoting dialogue between civil society organizations and government officials and institutions. We also play an important donor function by funding the activities of groups that other funders often overlook, such as Roma, women, and LGBT communities. The foundation is the main supporter of initiatives to increase Roma participation and integration in Slovakia.