Open Society Stories 2009 recounts activities from a year that marked three decades of efforts to promote open society. Since 1979, the Open Society Institute and the Soros foundations have given away over $7 billion to promote the rule of law; respect for human rights, minorities, and a diversity of opinions; democratically elected governments; and a civil society that helps keep government power in check.
Expenditures for 2009 were approximately $636 million, up $95 million from the previous year. The Open Society Institute's priorities in 2009 included supporting public health reform, advocating for transparency and the fair distribution of natural resource riches, and improving the lives and securing the human rights of groups such as the Roma, immigrants, Muslims, and the developmentally disabled.
Some of the stories in the brochure below are about the efforts of Open Society Institute grantees. Others are about larger issues and policies the Open Society Institute is trying to improve. Together they represent only a fraction of the work the Open Society Institute and the Soros foundations accomplished in 2009.
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Do White Americans Get Better Health Care than People of Color? Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore September 15, 2011 Michelle Gourdine, physician and author of Reclaiming Our Health: A Guide to African American Wellness, and Dr. Thomas LaVeist, director of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Disparities Solutions, will discuss the inequities that exist in our current medical care system and offer solutions for change.