In 2013, the Open Society Foundations will conclude its East East Beyond Borders program. Open Society will continue to support collaboration among nongovernmental and civil society organizations in a range of ways. East East Beyond Borders is no longer considering project proposals for funding.
The program was originally created in 1991 for the Soros foundations in Central and Eastern Europe, and offered civil society actors opportunities for international cooperation in the context of post-socialist transition.
East East Beyond Borders expanded across the globe with resources available to nongovernmental and civil society organizations in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, and Latin America.
The program promoted and supported the movement of ideas by linking communities of practice and communities of influence to engage in practical collaborative actions. It supported initiatives within themes encompassing good governance and public policy, rights protection and social inclusion, and global perspectives and international dialogue.
The Open Society Foundations are honored to have supported the many grantees and partner organizations that worked with the East East Beyond Borders program. We salute their ongoing work to share experience, knowledge, expertise, and innovative ideas to strengthen and advance open societies around the world.