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Through offices in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and a local partner in Nepal, the Open Society Foundations support local programs and organizations focusing on human rights law and legal training, media, government accountability, minority rights, and research and advocacy to improve education.

Recent Work

Is Press Freedom Possible in Pakistan?

Pakistan is one of the deadliest countries in the world for journalists. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has pledged to turn the tide, but recent attacks highlight the immense challenges.

The Pashtun Question: Myths, Realities, and Militancy in Afghanistan and Pakistan  

Journalist Abubakar Siddique discusses his book, The Pashtun Question, on the historical and political roots of conflict in the region—and what the future holds.

Afghan Women: 2014 and Beyond  

How do Afghan women see their future? Five dedicated women’s rights leaders share their concerns and their vision.

Pakistan Post-2014: Militancy and Human Rights  

Ali Dayan Hasan of Human Rights Watch and Daniel Markey of the Council on Foreign Relations discuss human rights and security in Pakistan and the region.

Afghanistan: A Distant War

Noted documentary photographer Robert Nickelsberg’s photographs help bring into focus the day-to-day consequences of war, poverty, oppression, and political turmoil in Afghanistan.

Bridging the Health Care Gap in India

The Soros Economic Development Fund found a way to help people in India access lifesaving care—and a successful business model to accompany it.