The Eurasia Program works to deepen civil society, uphold human rights, and maintain space for independent debate and discussion in Eastern Europe (Moldova, Ukraine), Russia, the South Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia) and Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan). The program is advanced through grantmaking, advocacy and research, regional initiatives, and close engagement with local Open Society foundations. We believe that a vital civil society is fundamental to the promotion of democratic governance and government accountability.
Throughout the region, the program works with a wide range of partners from all sectors of civil society, with a particular focus on the following:
- Promoting human rights;
- Combatting corruption;
- Strengthening independent, alternative, and social media;
- Securing access to justice for marginalized groups;
- Creating and maintaining platforms for debate and civic engagement;
- Integrating local actors into the global exchange of ideas.