Programs & Initiatives
AfriMAP works with national partners and civil society groups to compile systematic country reports on governance issues, using a framework linking respect for human rights to progress in development.
The Arts and Culture Program carries out its mission principally by working to strengthen the autonomous cultural sector as an essential element of civil society.
The Burma Project/Southeast Asia Initiative supports civil society efforts to advance free expression, ensure government accountability and justice, and empower marginalized groups to exercise their rights.
The Central Eurasia Project develops programs and international campaigns that use policy research and advocacy to shape debates on significant economic, political, social, and security challenges facing the region.
Through grants and exhibitions, the Documentary Photography Project supports photography to engage and mobilize people around issues of justice and human rights.
The Open Society Early Childhood Program promotes the healthy development of young children through parent and community engagement, professional development, and government accountability.
East East Beyond Borders supports collaborative initiatives of nongovernmental and civil society organizations in two or more countries.
The Education Support Program helps marginalized communities gain access to the skills and critical thinking that prepare them to actively engage in open societies.
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.
The Human Rights and Governance Grants Program makes grants to support human rights, accountability, and rule of law in Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and Mongolia.
The International Higher Education Support Program nurtures capacity and leadership at universities to enable well-informed, vigorous social deliberation.
The International Migration Initiative seeks to address systemic exploitation, discrimination, and violence against migrants at every stage of their journey.
Through grantmaking and advocacy, the International Women’s Program supports efforts to reduce discrimination and violence against women, strengthen access to justice, and promote women’s empowerment.
Through grantmaking and advocacy efforts, the Latin America Program supports the work of civil society organizations and their constructive engagement in the development, implementation, and oversight of public policies.
Making the Most of EU Funds for Roma is an instrument to connect the objectives of the Decade of Roma Inclusion to EU financial resources, and thus support European governments in realizing the targets of the Roma Decade.
The Media Program enables independent media to deliver quality content for the public good by promoting freedom of expression, professional and ethical standards, watchdog journalism, and diverse voices.
The Nepal and Bhutan Initiative advances accountability and justice, the rights of marginalized groups, freedom of expression and independent media, and access to education.
The Open Society Fellowship selects leading practitioners in journalism, advocacy, public policy, academia, and the arts who are able to engage productively with the Foundations.
Through litigation, advocacy, research, and technical assistance, the Open Society Justice Initiative promotes human rights and builds legal capacity for open societies.
The Public Health Program works to strengthen the capacity of marginalized populations to advocate for better health policies and practices. We also push for greater government accountability in health care.
The Regional Policy Initiative on Afghanistan & Pakistan provides targeted, expert research and advocacy support to address the unique challenges to open society values arising from conflict and insecurity in the region.
The Rights Initiatives program seeks to advance rights agendas by strengthening civil society groups through a combination of core and project funding, networking and exchange, and peer learning opportunities.
The Roma Initiatives Office provides grants, fellowships, and training to stimulate Roma community participation and active citizenship, empower Roma women and youth, and combat anti-Roma discrimination.
The Scholarship Programs aim to promote critical thinking, free and open intellectual inquiry, and cross-cultural tolerance and respect.
The Soros Economic Development Fund supports economic development in post-conflict countries and in nations transitioning to democracy by investing in the financial services, agribusiness, and logistics sectors.
The Think Tank Fund supports democratic processes through grantmaking; research projects to improve governance and tackle intolerance; and a variety of fellowship, internship, and peer exchange opportunities.
U.S. Programs supports efforts to advance equality, fairness, and justice with a focus on the most vulnerable and marginalized communities and the most significant threats to open society in the United States today.