In the light of the growing adverse effects of the pandemic, the Foundation’s senior leadership is reflecting on what our future role needs to be in advancing open societies so that we may have a greater impact in a radically different environment.
During this comprehensive review of all our work, we are considering ways to reimagine our structure and ways of working to more effectively take on the challenges and opportunities of advancing and defending justice, democratic governance, and human rights.
As a result of this process, we hope Open Society will be better equipped to bring more strategic focus to our work, seize moments of opportunity, and deepen the impact of our resources.
The main priority directions of our work will be announced by February 22, 2021. Accordingly, we will resume receiving online applications and conducting consultation sessions with grant seekers from the same period.
The decision upon funding the applications received before January 27, 2021 will be announced by February 20, 2021.
2019-2020 Program Strategy
Quality independent media plays a crucial role in ensuring government transparency and accountability as well as in empowering vulnerable and marginalized groups through awareness-raising and exposing government abuses. OSGF aims at empowering public interest and political influence free media in order to make quality journalism accessible for citizens.
In 2019 and upcoming years the Foundation’s Media Program will continue its work to strengthen independent media by supporting journalistic teams who consistently scrutinize government policies, criticize poor governance, push for reforms and transparency, and stand for human liberties and democratic values. The Foundation will support investigative journalism, news and analytics portals, opinions and blogs, fact-checking outlets in the capital and the regions who have made the biggest impact on the communities in 2017-2018 years.
OSGF will continue to assist its partner media to improve management practices and boost sales capacity through training and consultancy.
In the upcoming years, the foundation will further enhance its support for journalistic endeavors in ethnic minority communities and encourage initiatives of producing fresh and authentic local content in minority languages. This should take the form of compelling narratives on social, economic, and political issues within the community and across the country.
The Foundation will keep on advocating for media freedom in partnership with Media Advocacy Coalition and other civil actors.