The mission of the department is to enhance transparency, accountability, efficiency and effectiveness of government in accordance with the European agenda.
The Justice and Human Rights Department’s vision of rule of law is built on the solid grounds of a fair, accessible and predictable justice delivery system, which effectively safeguards fundamental human rights.
The Department develops and implements activities in several areas, crucial for the fulfilment of its vision: Human Rights, Access to Justice, and Criminal Justice.
Stigmatized and discriminated people cannot always receive necessary health services or benefit from them in adequate volume. The Public Health Department supports and contributes to the development and promotion of health policies and practices based on evidence, which promotes human rights, social inclusion and justice.
The Department also provides support for promoting good governance in the health system by independent and neutral monitoring / evaluation of public health policy and health services.
Media Department's mission: to contribute to the development of an open, participatory, pluralistic and value-based society in Republic of Moldova by organizing, supporting and financing activities aimed at encouraging the development of an independent media sector and improving access to information.
Initiatives implemented during 2017
George Soros is the founder and chairman of Open Society - a network of foundations, partners, and projects in more than 100 countries. His commitment to the idea of open society - where rights are respected, government is accountable, and no one has the monopoly on the truth - makes the Open Society Foundations unlike any other private philanthropic effort in history.
Soros began his philanthropy in 1979, giving scholarships to black South Africans under apartheid. In the 1980s, he helped undermine Communism in the Eastern Bloc by providing Xerox machines to copy banned texts, and supporting cultural exchanges with the West.
After the fall of the Berlin Wall, he created Central European University to promote critical thinking. He expanded his philanthropy to the United States, Africa, and Asia, and his Open Society Foundations have supported paralegals and lawyers to represent thousands of individuals who were unlawfully being held, sometimes for years and without any legal representation.
He underwrote the largest and most concerted effort in history to bring the Roma people of Europe into the mainstream. The Foundations have provided school and university fees for thousands of promising students, including young Roma, refugees from armed conflicts, and young people from other marginalized groups.
George Soros helped establish an international system to bring transparency and accountability to the natural resource extraction industries, whose practice of making secret payoffs to local tyrants has for decades fueled some of the world’s worst political unrest and most heinous violence. He has supported independent organizations such as Global Witness, the International Crisis Group, the European Council on Foreign Relations, and the Institute for New Economic Thinking.
“My success in the financial markets has given me a greater degree of independence than most other people,” Soros once wrote. “This allows me to take a stand on controversial issues: In fact, it obliges me to do so because others cannot.”
For more information about George Soros’s activities that are separate from the Open Society Foundations, visit www.georgesoros.com.