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Access to Knowledge

Access to knowledge is a founding principle of any open society. From classroom textbooks to scholarly research, legal information to scientific data, new technologies bring new opportunities for knowledge creation and dissemination. We support work that promotes access to knowledge, particularly among disadvantaged groups.

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First Steps: A Brief History of the Step by Step Program  

The Step by Step Program has developed over the last 20 years into a strong network working to improve the lives of young children and families.

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Combining Litigation with Social Mobilization: Pitfalls and Possibilities

Two of South Africa’s most recognized legal activists talk about using the law to campaign for the human rights of people living with HIV.

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Higher Education for Refugees in the Horn of Africa  

Open Society Fellow Ben Rawlence discusses how best to promote a broad-based culture of education and opportunity among refugee populations.

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UN Special Rapporteur Kishore Singh on Privatization in Education  

Kishore Singh presents key findings and recommendations from his recent report to the UN General Assembly, which examines how privatization adversely impacts the right to education.

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Children’s Right to Education Must Prevail Amid Privatization

The global rise and lack of regulation of privatization in education deepens inequality across the world. A UN report emphasizes the urgent need to preserve education as a public good.

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Bringing School to an Orphanage in Kyrgyzstan Means New Prospects for Children

Askar, an 11-year-old boy, is an orphan like many in Kyrgyzstan, living with a musculoskeletal disorder and abandoned by birth parents. But he is gaining something like a community.