The Open Society Foundations are working for a humane global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, shaped by justice, accountability, and inclusion.
A Promising Step
Q&A: Progress for Migrant Workers in Italy
The government of Italy’s COVID-19 stimulus proposal includes measures to protect migrant laborers working in some of the country’s most important industries. While this is welcome news, more is needed.
The World Can’t Wait
Q&A: A New Social Contract for Workers and Business
After the financial crisis of 2008, many advocates were disappointed by the unwillingness of many governments to shake up a discredited status quo. More than 10 years later, amidst another crisis, there is reason for hope.
Q&A: How Open Access Can Help Defeat COVID-19
In response to the pandemic, many scientific journals have lifted their paywalls on COVID-19-related research. The results have been positive, which raises a question: Why not do the same for research on other crises?
A Positive Example
The World Can Learn from Georgia’s Experience with COVID-19
Despite its limited means, the government of Georgia has managed the pandemic’s fallout more successfully than many wealthier nations. A robust response from civil society groups in the country is a key reason why.
A Warning Sign
A Power Grab in Kyrgyzstan
A new law proposed by parliament is not only an ominous development for civil society groups in Kyrgyzstan. It’s also a sign of how some governments may use the COVID-19 crisis to push an authoritarian agenda.
Q&A: Watching the Watchers during a Pandemic
With states around the world embracing surveillance technology against COVID-19, civil society groups must step up to ensure that individual rights and anticorruption laws are not sacrificed for the sake of an easy fix.
Our Emergency Response to COVID-19
To confront the enormous challenges raised by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Open Society Foundations are committing more than $130 million to support those who are most at risk.
Working with Our Grantees in a Time of Crisis
The COVID-19 pandemic directly threatens the work and well-being of many groups and individuals that receive funding support from the Open Society Foundations. We are committed to helping them through the crisis.