The Open Society Foundations conduct in-depth research into the thematic and geographic areas of our work to better inform the change we seek. As part of this analysis, we identify the individuals and partner organizations best situated to help bring about this change, as well as the tools we believe would be most effective. Those tools include grant making, advocacy, litigation, educational initiatives, publications, and conferences, among others. Learn more about the work of our programs below.
The Africa Regional Office supports efforts to build vibrant and tolerant societies on the African continent through grant making, advocacy, research, and close collaboration with local foundations.
The Arab Regional Office supports a diverse group of civil society organizations, research centers, universities, and media organizations across the Arab world.
The Asia Pacific Regional Office works on issues of democracy, access to justice, community rights, and inclusive development.
Through grants and exhibitions, the Documentary Photography Project supports photography to engage and mobilize people around issues of justice and human rights.
The Early Childhood Program promotes the healthy development of young children through parent and community engagement, professional development, and government accountability.
The Economic Advancement Program promotes economic opportunities for the marginalized in ways that uphold inclusive, open, and prosperous societies.
The Education Support Program works to make the right to education meaningful by combating inequality and discrimination in education and exposing structural inequalities that reproduce education disadvantage and exclusion.
The Eurasia Program advance democratic governance and accountability through grantmaking, advocacy and research, regional initiatives, and close engagement with local foundations.
The Fiscal Governance Program works to promote openness, accountability, and equity in fiscal and economic systems around the world.
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 Initiative helps ensure that people can exercise their rights and seek redress for violations by supporting the strength and vitality of the global human rights movement.
The Program on Independent Journalism supports a free and safe environment for journalism to flourish, while seeking to strengthen investigative reporting and knowledge sharing in the field.
The Information Program works to increase access to knowledge, empower civil society groups, and protect civil liberties in the digital environment.
The International Migration Initiative seeks to address systemic exploitation, discrimination, and violence against migrants at every stage of their journey.
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.
The Open Society Community Youth Fellowship supports young activists and organizers as thought-leaders and allies in crafting solutions and new youth-focused approaches to open society challenges.
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.
The Open Society Initiative for Europe aims to contribute to more vibrant democracies in the European Union by supporting the activists and civil society organizations confronting Europe’s many challenges.
Through litigation, advocacy, research, and technical assistance, the Open Society Justice Initiative promotes human rights and builds legal capacity for open societies.
The Open Society Presidential Fellowship is awarded to recent graduates from law, public policy, and business schools.
The Public Health Program works to build open societies where all people enjoy health and human rights.
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.
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.
Through grant making and advocacy, the Women’s Rights Program supports efforts to strengthen women’s rights organizations and movements, advance sexual and reproductive rights and justice, and promote economic rights.