Soros Foundations Network 2008 Annual Report

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The Open Society Institute and the Soros foundations network spent approximately $540 million in 2008 on improving policy and helping people to live in open, democratic societies. This report highlights many of OSI's activities and achievements on issues including human rights, access to education, freedom of information, and public health.

This year’s report includes photo essays documenting some of the work OSI and the Soros foundations have undertaken to address discrimination against minorities in a number of countries: Exiled Mauritanians returning to their home country despite continuing obstacles to full citizenship. Dominicans of Haitian ancestry struggling with government discrimination in the only country they have ever known. Roma health scholars shattering stereotypes as future doctors and nurses eager to help less fortunate Roma living in marginalized communities. Muslims in Leicester, proud to be British even if others sometimes see their identity differently.

Underlying OSI’s work is a belief that an essential characteristic of an open society is that all people count equally and that all should enjoy equal opportunities.

Contents

President's Message: A Celebration of Ongoing Work

WE ARE MAURITANIANS
Securing Citizenship for Millions of Stateless People

WE ARE DOMINICANS
Dominican by Birth, Haitian in Name Only

WE ARE ROMA
Roma Health Scholars Learn to Help Their People

WE ARE BRITISH

Human Rights and Justice
Public Health
Education, Information, and Media
Other Programs
U.S. Programs

OPEN SOCIETY IN EASTERN EUROPE

Europe
Asia
Middle East and North Africa
Africa
Latin America and the Caribbean

The entire 2008 report is available in PDF format. An additional PDF includes a list of network partner organizations.