Open Society Institutes

Open Society Institutes

George Soros established his first foundation, the Open Society Foundation, later renamed to the Open Society Institute, in 1979 in New York. The first Soros Foundation in Europe, the Soros Foundation-Hungary, was opened in 1984.

Currently, the network of Open Society Institutes operates in 60 countries around the world. One of the most important areas of work of the Open Society Institutes is the formation and development of public policy, which is an integral part of a democratic state. Soros Foundation-Kyrgyzstan is one of the first organizations to develop and implement public policy institutes in Kyrgyzstan.

The Soros Foundation network supports initiatives aimed at developing law, education, public health and independent media. It also promotes actions aimed at combating corruption and human rights violations.

The Open Society Institute-New York, together with the subsidiary, the Open Society Institute-Budapest, provides administrative, financial and technical assistance to foundations in creating network programmes intended to solve common problems.


Information on a particular Soros Foundation can be found below.

Afghanistan : Open Society Afghanistan

Bosnia and Herzegovina : Open Society Fund–Bosnia and Herzegovina

Czech Republic : Open Society Fund–Prague