Soros Foundation Moldova (FSM)

Good Governance

The mission of the department is to enhance transparency, accountability, efficiency and effectiveness of government in accordance with the European agenda.

Justice and Human Rights

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.

Public Health

Our mission is to support and contribute to the development and promotion of health policies and practices based on evidence, which promotes human rights, social inclusion, and justice.

Media Program

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.

Other initiatives

Education Support Project

George Soros

NEW YORK, June 21, 2019: George Soros, the chair and founder of the Open Society Foundations, on Friday accepted the prestigious Joseph A. Schumpeter Award for innovative achievements in the field of business, economics, or economic policy, at a ceremony at the National Bank of Austria, in Vienna.

The award was presented by Ewald Nowotny, the bank’s governor and president of the Vienna Schumpeter Society, who cited Soros’s “commitment to freedom and the promotion of the pursuit of knowledge.”

“We are honoring George Soros with the Schumpeter Prize for making the world more open, more just and more equitable for all,” he said.

Past recipients of the award, honoring the memory of the Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter, have included Helmut Kohl, Vaclav Klaus, Romano Prodi, and Mario Draghi.

The award is given annually by the Schumpeter Society, and funded by the Helmut Zilk Fund for International Relations of Vienna.

Besides his career as one of the world’s most successful investors, Soros’s philanthropic achievements include founding the Open Society Foundations, the world’s largest private funder of human rights and civil society groups, and co-founding Central European University (CEU), which now has over 1,400 students from around the world.

In September, CEU begins its first academic year at a new home campus in Vienna, after being forced out of Budapest by the government of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

“It is a great honor to receive this award, because I have always been a great admirer of Schumpeter’s thinking,” Soros said. “I am also personally heartened to be so warmly received in Vienna, which has become the new home of the Central European University. I trust the CEU, with its focus on the social sciences, will contribute to the great intellectual life of this city, in the tradition of Schumpeter and so many others.”

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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.