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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.

Latin America Program

The Latin America Program addresses rights and governance issues in Latin America and the Caribbean through grant making, network building, and collaboration with partners. We focus on supporting Latin American and Caribbean efforts to defend democracy and increase governmental transparency, protect minority rights, reduce homicides, and reform drug policy.

Within the broader network of the Open Society Foundations, the Latin America Program seeks to provide added value through sharing its understanding of Latin America’s political context, facilitating contacts, brokering relationships, and identifying strategic opportunities.

The program’s strategy includes a concentrated resource approach to priority countries—Mexico, Colombia, and Brazil—in addition to support for strategic regional initiatives in areas of thematic focus.

The program works closely with the Fondation Connaissance et Liberté (FOKAL) in Haiti. It also collaborates with other Open Society programs, including the Human Rights Initiative, Information Program, Program on Independent Journalism, Public Health Program, and the Open Society Justice Initiative.

The Latin America Program team is based in Bogotá, New York City, Rio de Janeiro, and Washington, D.C.