The Open Society Foundation Serbia has worked to respond to Kosovo’s recognition as an independent state and the ensuing backlash in Serbia by leading coalitions of civil society groups that combat resurgent nationalism and renewed calls for isolationism. The coalition has educated the public on the benefits of EU integration, which has helped to keep nationalists from regaining a political majority.
The fund has also led anticorruption efforts that have increased budget transparency, brought more citizen participation and public transparency to the budget process, and improved monitoring mechanisms for the spending of foreign aid funds.
To help foster Roma equality and integration, the fund collaborates with both Roma organizations and the government to help implement the national agenda for the Decade of Roma Inclusion. In particular, the fund has focused on improving Roma education, and has sought to develop recommendations for reform that would significantly increase Roma access to quality schooling without requiring considerable additional public spending.