Everyone deserves access to opportunities and fair treatment under the law, no matter where they come from, or how they choose to live.
Our vision of equity seeks to combat economic inequalities that run deep in society and in the world. This includes entrenched economic inequalities that are deeply rooted in colonial exploitation, which in turn threaten our shared ability to respond to the local, national, and global challenges we all face.
The twin shocks of the COVID-19 pandemic and the February 2022 invasion of Ukraine by Russia have disrupted the lives of millions around the world and pushed fragile economies into economic crisis. Open Society has been supporting advocates pushing for new financial assistance from the richest countries, and for steps to mitigate the impact of this crisis on the livelihoods of the most vulnerable—while ensuring that governments can continue to fund their commitments to combat and mitigate the climate crisis.
We support efforts to ensure that private corporations take responsibility for the well-being of their workers, for their communities, and for the environment, while also backing initiatives to strengthen the rights and voice of marginalized workers.
Against the backdrop of rising global inequality, a majority of the world’s refugees are hosted in the Global South, often in countries with considerable debt burdens and high rates of poverty. The Global North’s containment approach to displacement and migration, combined with structural constraints perpetuated by decades of international humanitarian and development policies, has driven rightlessness and exclusion of refugees from social protection and societies. Open Society supports groups that recognize that a more equitable approach to sharing responsibility for the world’s refugees is essential.
Open Society works to advance justice-oriented drug policies that decriminalize, equitably regulate, diminish the negative consequences of prohibition. We support the health, safety, and social inclusion of drug-involved populations and communities harmed by coercive drug policies.
New Study: Failing Global Debt System Costs Lives
Long delays in putting a country back on its financial feet add to the damage when a government is forced to suspend its international debt repayments.
Why Responding to COVID-19 Requires Justice, Not Charity
The development of effective vaccines has been a great achievement in the fight against COVID-19, but true success will not be won unless we fix vaccine shortages around the world and ensure affordable and wide access.
Q&A: Africa’s Fight for Vaccine Equity
As the pandemic enters its third year, African Alliance founder Tian Johnson shares reflections on how to make progress in the push for vaccine equity and what African civil society organizations are asking for now.