The Open Society Institute and the Soros foundations network spent approximately $540 million in 2008 on improving policy and helping people to live in open, democratic societies. This report highlights many of OSI's activities and achievements on issues including human rights, access to education, freedom of information, and public health.
This year’s report includes photo essays documenting some of the work OSI and the Soros foundations have undertaken to address discrimination against minorities in a number of countries: Exiled Mauritanians returning to their home country despite continuing obstacles to full citizenship. Dominicans of Haitian ancestry struggling with government discrimination in the only country they have ever known. Roma health scholars shattering stereotypes as future doctors and nurses eager to help less fortunate Roma living in marginalized communities. Muslims in Leicester, proud to be British even if others sometimes see their identity differently.
Underlying OSI’s work is a belief that an essential characteristic of an open society is that all people count equally and that all should enjoy equal opportunities.
President's Message: A Celebration of Ongoing Work
WE ARE MAURITANIANS
Securing Citizenship for Millions of Stateless People
WE ARE DOMINICANS
Dominican by Birth, Haitian in Name Only
WE ARE ROMA
Roma Health Scholars Learn to Help Their People
WE ARE BRITISH
Human Rights and Justice
Education, Information, and Media
OPEN SOCIETY IN EASTERN EUROPE
Middle East and North Africa
Latin America and the Caribbean
The entire 2008 report is available in PDF format. An additional PDF includes a list of network partner organizations.