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Open Society Foundations activities in the South Caucasus, Central Asia, and Mongolia promote social progress and human rights by supporting programs, research, advocacy, and local organizations addressing issues such as democratic governance, human rights, and transparency and accountability.

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Why Mothers of Children with Disabilities Are Suddenly Talking in Kyrgyzstan

In a country where disabilities invite stigma and discrimination, a discussion group is starting to change minds—and, possibly, laws.

Film Screening and Discussion: The Desert of Forbidden Art

The incredible story of how a treasure trove of banned Soviet art worth millions of dollars is stashed in a far-off desert of Uzbekistan develops into a larger exploration of how art survives in times of oppression.

Social Workers in Kyrgyzstan Fight for Respect

In a country reeling from health, migration, and economic crises, the professionals who work to hold families and communities together are shockingly undervalued.

Want to Enhance Border Security? Improve Human Security.

Discussions of border security often neglect the human security needs of the communities whose lives are directly affected by what goes on there.

Washington’s Human Rights Award for Azimjan Askarov Sparks Kyrgyzstan’s Anger

An angry response from the government of Kyrgyzstan to a U.S. human rights award highlights its refusal to address the legacy of interethnic violence that erupted in the south of the country in 2010.

For Those Seeking Education Opportunities Overseas, a Link to the Outside World

For students living in places with little access to information, figuring out how to study abroad can be daunting. A network of advising centers is changing that.

Open Society People

Jeff Goldstein
Senior Policy Analyst, Eurasia
Open Society Foundations–Washington, D.C., Open Society Policy Center