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The Obscure Global Organization That’s Unwittingly Undermining Civil Society

September 21, 2015 | Iva Dobichina

Few people have heard of the Financial Action Task Force, but its activities, whether intentionally or not, are causing problems for nonprofits around the world.

Why Europe’s “Roma Decade” Didn’t Lead to Inclusion

September 21, 2015 | Zeljko Jovanovic

The Decade of Roma Inclusion aimed to close the gaps between Roma and the rest of society, but thanks to opportunistic politicians, some of those gaps are wider than ever.

Grantee Spotlight

How Can This Indefinite Incarceration Policy Be Constitutional?

September 18, 2015 | Donysha Smith

Soros Justice Fellow Galen Baughman was imprisoned for over two years past his release date. Now he’s working to make sure others don’t suffer the same fate.

With Upcoming Election, Tanzania Shows the Limits of “Good Enough Governance”

September 17, 2015 | Bram Dijkstra, Marta Martinelli

For half a century, Tanzania’s ruling party has clung to power. But a legitimate opposition coalition may mount a significant challenge this October.

Grantee Spotlight

Can a Chain of Progressive Schools Transform Conservative Pakistan?

September 17, 2015 | Samina Naz

In a tumultuous region gripped by religious extremism, a new kind of school system aims to instill children with a sense of science, critical thinking, and tolerance.

Global Goals: The Challenge for Justice and Rights Advocates

September 14, 2015 | Sumaiya Islam

If we believe that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development presents a genuine political opportunity to achieve change, some of us at least may have to adopt a different approach.

How Can We Make Data Work for Individuals and Communities?

September 14, 2015 | Janet Haven

The world is increasingly quantified. Open Society is partnering with the Knight Foundation to find ways for this to benefit all of us.

Grantee Spotlight

Brooklyn Outdoor Exhibit Features Two Open Society Photographers

September 11, 2015 | Siobhan Riordan

A Brooklyn photography festival features immersive installations about U.S. Superfund sites and Nigerian romance novelists.

Refugee Crisis Sparks Biggest Civic Response in Slovakia in Years

September 11, 2015 | Ján Orlovský

In Slovakia, online vitriol directed at the refugees is being drowned out by the chorus of support taking place on the ground.

How Burma’s Draft Law on Prisons Falls Short on Solitary Confinement

September 10, 2015 | Erin Neff

Burma is falling behind in the global movement toward reducing the use of solitary confinement.