OSI’s two primary offices, OSI-New York and OSI-Budapest, provide support to the Soros foundations, which are autonomous institutions established in particular countries or regions. For more information, please visit the Soros Foundations page.
OSI-New York, OSI-Budapest, OSF-London, OSI-Paris and OSI-Brussels are separate organizations that operate independently yet cooperate informally with each other. This website, a joint presentation, is intended to promote each organization’s interests.
OSI-Baltimore 201 North Charles Street Suite 1300 Baltimore, Maryland 21201 Tel. 1-410-234-1091 Fax. 1-410-234-2816
The Open Society Institute–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.
The Open Society Institute-Brussels is the representative office of OSI and the Soros foundations network to the EU and West European partners.
OSI-Brussels works to influence EU policies based on our vision that open society values (transparency and rule of law, human rights and fundamental freedoms, and democratic principles) are at the heart of what the EU does, as a policy maker and as a funder, both inside and outside the European Union.
OSI-Brussels advocates to EU decision-makers on issues of concern to the Soros network of foundations and programs. It also acts as a clearing house to facilitate collaboration between the network and the various institutions of the European Union, other European intergovernmental bodies, bilateral donors and NGOs.
OSI-Brussels was established in 1997 and has a staff of seven.
OSI-Budapest Oktober 6. ut. 12 H-1051 Budapest Hungary Tel. 36-1-882-3100 Fax: 36-1-882-3101 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
OSI-Budapest serves as the main hub for OSI initiatives outside of the United States. It develops and implements programs in the areas of educational, social, and legal reform, and assists the other organizations in the Soros foundations network by providing administrative, financial, and technical support. Along with OSI-New York, it administers network programs, which address specific issue areas on a network-wide basis.
OSI-Budapest also supports a variety of other initiatives throughout Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, with an emphasis on human rights, ethnic and minority issues, civil society, and women's issues. The office is located in the Central European University (CEU) complex in downtown Budapest, and its programs draw upon CEU's resources.
Open Society Foundation (London) Cambridge House, 5th floor 100 Cambridge Grove Hammersmith London W6 0LE United Kingdom Tel. 44-207-031-0200 Fax: 44-207-031-0201 Email: OSF-London@osf-eu.org
The Open Society Foundation in London focuses on projects concerning public health, civic empowerment, poverty, discrimination, as well as education about human rights, political and social sciences, and journalism. Initiatives and projects based in this office include AfriMAP, the East East Program, the Information Program, the Media Program, and the Publish What You Pay campaign.
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OSI-New York 400 West 59th Street New York, NY 10019 USA Tel. 1-212-548-0600 Fax: 1-212-548-4600
OSI-New York is the main headquarters of the Open Society Institute. Along with OSI-Budapest, it provides administrative, financial, and technical support to the Soros foundations and also operates OSI initiatives, which address specific issues on a regional or network-wide basis, and other independent programs. OSI-New York is also the home of a series of initiatives that focus primarily on the United States.
OSI-Paris 38 Boulevard Beaumarchais 75011 Paris France Tel. 33-1-48-052-474 Fax: 33-1-40-216-541 Email: email@example.com
OSI-Paris acts as a liaison and resource office to help foster cultural and educational exchange programs between Soros foundations and other Western European countries.
Since 1997, OSI-Paris has focused primarily on the Belarus Project, which was initiated in 1997 when the Belarus Soros Foundation was forced to close. The Belarus Project supports the development of open society in Belarus through a number of projects focusing on independent media, nonpartisan voter information and mobilization campaigns, human rights, and civil society resource centers. With the exception of this project, all other OSI-Paris operational and grant-giving programs are being phased out.
OSI-Paris translates and evaluates proposals and grant requests and directs them to appropriate Soros foundations and network programs. It also assists OSI employees with obtaining Schengen visas for colleagues in the network. Since May 2001, OSI-Paris has acted as an OSI board liaison office, helping all national foundations to implement appropriate board rotation procedures.
OSI-Washington, D.C. was established in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and the resulting policy changes within the U.S. government. The office focuses on addressing violations of civil liberties in the United States and expanding OSI’s policy and advocacy work in the areas of criminal and civil justice reform. In addition, OSI-Washington, D.C. plays a key role is building a framework to influence debates over global economic policies, such as those involving international development assistance.