Open Society Stories 2009
Source:Open Society Foundations
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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Salzburg Seminar: Palliative Care for Patients with TB or HIV/TBSalzburg, AustriaFebruary 26, 2012
The International Palliative Care Initiative of the Open Society Public Health Program will convene a professional seminar focused on providing palliative care for patients with TB or HIV/TB coinfection. The course is recommended for physicians in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union who provide direct care to patients with TB or who play a major role in developing public health policies for the care of patients with TB.
Case Watch: European Court Rules on Prison for Life Marion IsobelJanuary 19, 2012 BLOG
In two important rulings, the European Court of Human Rights has concluded that mandatory life jail sentences without the possibility of parole do not constitute a violation of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Call for Proposals: Central Eurasia ProjectDeadline: OngoingFunds are available in programmatic areas including human rights, labor migration, transparency and consumer protection, and transparency of Western military and security cooperation.