Responding to the Global Financial Crisis
The Open Society Foundations work around the world to build strong and tolerant democracies. For nearly 30 years this work has focused on enabling lasting change. Sometimes a crisis is so acute, its impact on people’s lives and on a region’s stability so immediate, it requires an emergency intervention.
Europe, and before that the United States, have been hard hit by the global ﬁnancial crisis. The Open Society Foundations responded to the suffering caused by the economic collapse by providing emergency funds to essential services and civil society organizations in Europe and the United States. It is not the ﬁrst time Europeans and Americans have confronted such a situation and it is not the ﬁrst time the Open Society Foundations have used emergency funds to ease the pain and turmoil that can accompany economic crisis.
This brochure offers highlights of the work of our emergency funds in Europe and the United States.
Responding to the Global Financial Crisis (464.5 Kb pdf file)
Download the 16-page brochure.
Hope on Lesvos
Q&A: Forging a Bond between Locals and Refugees
The Greek island of Lesvos remains at the frontlines of refugee arrivals to Europe. Currently, more than 21,000 refugees are held there. A grassroots group called the Starfish Foundation is working to improve the lives of locals and refugees.
changing the picture
Q&A: Revolutionizing Roma Representation
With fearless and bold photography, Open Society Foundations Community Youth Fellow Joci Marton is challenging how LGBTI Roma are perceived—by outsiders, but also by themselves.
Q&A: Using Stories to Build Community
In Rome, a group called Ecomuseo is mixing art, history, and organizing to revitalize a forgotten neighborhood and offer a model for the rest of Italy.