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The Open Society Institute's initiatives address specific issue areas on a regional or network-wide basis. Many of them are implemented in cooperation with Soros foundations in various countries. For a list of initiatives that have been closed down or are no longer affiliated with OSI, view the Past and Spin-Off Initiatives section.
The Africa Governance Monitoring and Advocacy Project (AfriMAP) monitors the compliance of member states of the African Union with selected standards of good governance, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. more
Arts & Culture Program
The Arts and Culture Program promotes cultural and artistic collaboration throughout the Soros foundations network; fosters structural changes in cultural policy; and helps develop an autonomous and innovative arts sector. more
Burma Project/Southeast Asia Initiative
The Burma Project/Southeast Asia Initiative focuses on open society issues throughout Southeast Asia, particularly in Burma but also in other countries where essential freedoms are threatened. more
Central Eurasia Project
The Central Eurasia Project strives to enhance policy debate on key issues affecting Central Asia and the South Caucasus as well as several countries in the Middle East and North Africa. more
Closing the Addiction Treatment Gap
This national program is designed to create awareness of—and increase resources to close—an alarming gap in the availability of drug and alcohol addiction treatment for Americans who need it. more
Documentary Photography Project
Through grantmaking, exhibitions, and training workshops, the Documentary Photography Project supports photographers whose work addresses social justice and human rights issues that coincide with OSI’s mission. more
Early Childhood Program
The Early Childhood Program is an education reform program that introduces child-centered teaching methods and supports community and family involvement in preschool and primary school. more
East Africa Initiative (OSIEA)
The Open Society Initiative for East Africa supports and promotes public participation in democratic governance, the rule of law, and respect for human rights by awarding grants, developing programs, and bringing together diverse civil society leaders and groups. more
East East Program: Partnership Beyond Borders
The East East: Partnership Beyond Borders Program supports international exchanges that bring together civil society actors to share ideas, information, knowledge, experiences, and expertise and to support practical actions that result from that networking. more
Education Support Program
The Education Support Program works to facilitate change in education and national policy development in Central and Eastern Europe, South East Europe, former Soviet Union and Mongolia. more
EUMAP (the EU Monitoring and Advocacy Program) monitors the development of selected human rights and rule of law issues in both the European Union and in its candidate and potential candidate countries. more
Global Drug Policy Program
The Global Drug Policy Program aims to engage and support drug policy experts and other related professionals as they analyze and publicize the effects of drug policy on public health, human rights, national security, and the economy. more
Human Rights & Governance Grants Program
The Human Rights and Governance Grants Program provides support to nongovernmental organizations operating in the fields of human rights and governance in Europe and Central Asia. more
Information Program
The Information Program promotes the equitable deployment of knowledge and communications resources for civic empowerment and effective democratic governance. more
International Higher Education Support Program
The International Higher Education Support Program (HESP) promotes the advancement of higher education within the humanities and social sciences in Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and Mongolia. more
Latin America Program
The Latin America Program works throughout the region to create more open societies, enhance human rights protections, and encourage the implementation of economic and political policies firmly rooted in democracy. more
Local Government & Public Service Reform Initiative
The Local Government & Public Service Reform Initiative promotes democratic and effective governance and public administration, and advances policy analysis as a tool for decision making in public affairs. more
Media Program
The Media Program assists in the development and establishment of media systems marked by freedom, pluralism, and the inclusion of minority voices and opinions. more
Middle East & North Africa Initiative
OSI's Middle East & North Africa Initiative operates primarily as a grantmaking program on issues ranging from knowledge and information to women's rights. more
Open Society Fellowship
The Open Society Fellowship enables innovative professionals—including journalists, activists, academics, and practitioners—to work on projects that inspire meaningful public debate, shape public policy, and generate intellectual ferment within the Open Society Institute. more
Open Society Justice Initiative
The Open Society Justice Initiative, an operational program of the Open Society Institute, pursues law reform activities grounded in the protection of human rights, and contributes to the development of legal capacity for open societies worldwide. more
OSI-Baltimore focuses on helping youth succeed, reducing the social and economic costs of incarceration, tackling drug addiction, and building a corps of Community Fellows to bring innovative ideas to Baltimore’s underserved communities. more
Established in 1997, OSI-Brussels acts as a liaison to facilitate collaboration among the organizations of the Soros foundations network and West European partners, including the various institutions of the European Union, bilateral donors, and nongovernmental organizations. more
OSI-Washington, D.C.
OSI-Washington, D.C. focuses on civil liberties in the United States as well as other domestic and international policy issues, including globalization, criminal justice reform, human rights, and women's rights. more
Public Health Program
The Public Health Program supports initiatives throughout the Soros foundations network that encourage sustainable change in public health policy and practice. more
Roma Initiatives
OSI Roma Initiatives focus primarily on improving the social, political, and economic situation of Romani populations in Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans region. more
Scholarship Programs
Scholarship Programs mobilize students and scholars by providing support for fellowships, scholarships, and related activities that empower individuals throughout the world to improve the social, political, and intellectual environments of their home communities. more
Special Initiatives
The Special Initiatives program was established to develop a set of global grant-giving projects that build upon the Soros network’s strengths in promoting human rights and accountability. more
Think Tank Fund
The OSI Think Tank Fund supports independent policy centers in Europe and Central Eurasia that strengthen democratic processes. more
Turkmenistan Project
The Turkmenistan Project promotes civil society in Turkmenistan via grantmaking and programmatic activities in areas such as arts and culture, access to information, and public health. more
U.S. Programs
OSI's U.S. Programs aims to address core threats to open society, including increasingly punitive national security policies, decreasing government transparency, entrenched structural racism, and growing incarceration rates. more
Women's Program
The International Women’s Program promotes the advancement of women’s human rights, gender equality, and empowerment as an integral part of the process of democratization. more
Youth Initiative
The OSI Youth Initiative seeks to empower youth to become active citizens who are willing and able to influence public life and promote open society ideals. more
Select a region or issue below for a list of relevant OSI initiatives:
Central & Eastern Europe
Central Eurasia
Latin America & the Caribbean
Russia, Ukraine & Belarus
South Eastern Europe
Turkey & the Middle East
United States
Children & Youth
Economic Development
Human Rights
Law & Justice
Media, Arts & Culture
Many Open Society Institute initiatives are established with pre-determined life cycles and funding levels. Over the years, several of them have been either closed down or spun off as independent entities. more
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