From independent investigative journalism to budget transparency initiatives to legal action, the Open Society Foundations support those who expose and challenge the abuse of political or institutional power for personal gain.
Building Better Institutions
How the United States Can Support Armenia’s Fledgling Democracy
The people of Armenia have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to enact sweeping anticorruption and criminal justice reforms. Here’s what U.S. policymakers can do to help.
What Accountability Really Means
No healthy civil society can exist without a foundation of public trust. Accountability Lab’s Blair Glencorse explains how his group is investing in the next generation of responsible, ethical, and devoted public servants.
Armenia’s Democratic Awakening Is a Warning to Authoritarians Everywhere
A nonviolent movement against Armenia’s longtime strongman ruler has convinced him to step down, opened a new chapter in the country’s political history, and sent a message to would-be autocrats throughout the world.
What’s Changed (and What Hasn’t) Since the Rana Plaza Nightmare
In the five years since unsafe working conditions cost more than a thousand lives in Bangladesh, some progress has been made. But workers face fundamental challenges—including a state that’s still not doing enough to help.
Marielle Franco Has Not Been Silenced
The outspoken, beloved Brazilian politician may have been violently taken from our world. But her legacy—her tireless dedication to empowering the marginalized and dispossessed—will endure.
Q&A: The Upstart Newspaper Exposing Corruption in Afghanistan
Seizing the opportunity created by a severe lack of independent news organizations, a group of young people in Kabul are using journalism to hold corrupt government officials accountable for abusing their power.
Q&A: Defending Europeans’ Right to Protest
Research in Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans has confirmed what many people in the region know already: too many governments are using bureaucratic tricks—and brute force—to restrict the basic right to free speech.
Why Latin America Is a Hotbed of Political Innovation
After years of authoritarian rule in many countries, a wave of political engagement is sweeping across Latin America, transforming the region into a seemingly bottomless reservoir of new ideas for modernizing democracy.