Soros Foundations Network 2006 Annual Report

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The Open Society Institute and the Soros foundations network spent more than $400 million in 2006 on improving policy and helping people to live in open, democratic societies. OSI worked on issues ranging from human rights, to access to education, to freedom of information, to public health in a variety of ways.

These pages describe some of OSI's methods, including advocacy campaigns, court cases, public education, and support for direct services. Mostly the 2006 annual report, in brief items or longer articles, focuses on telling the stories of people who are helped by OSI's work or who are doing the work of helping. Their stories are the reason why OSI spends hundreds of millions of dollars each year in every corner of the world to build societies that open up opportunities for everyone. This report highlights many of the activities and achievements of OSI and the Soros foundations.

Contents include the following:

President’s Message
Looking to Europe for Global Leadership

      Photo essay: China
People with Intellectual Disabilities: Living as Everyone Else Does
      Photo essay: Brazil’s Favelas
Latin America and the Caribbean
Middle East and North Africa
Internet Radio in Amman: Reporting Local Problems Without Censorship

Public Health
TB in Bangladesh: Village Women Battle the “King of Diseases”
Law and Governance
Pretrial Detention in Nigeria: Waiting Years in Jail for Their Day in Court
      Photo essay: Migration from Cameroon to France
Education, Information, and Media
Open Access to Scientific Research: Sharing Information, Saving Lives

U.S. Programs
Students Returning to New Orleans: “Education Isn't Just for Me”