The East East Beyond Borders Program supports international collaboration among civil society and nongovernmental organizations to share experiences, expertise, and knowledge to advance principles of open society internationally.
The program is implemented by Open Society foundations in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Tajikistan, Turkey, and Ukraine, and with partners in Slovenia, Russia, Croatia, Lithuania, and Hungary.
Initiatives which receive program support originate in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia and are evaluated by peer review by the relevant foundations and/or partners. The program awards financial support for expenses of international exchange, including in-country expenses of the exchange and travel to enable participation in initiatives which receive program support.
In Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, the program provides support to 400 multinational initiatives annually. Examples include:
Barrier Free Cities: Protection of the Rights of People with Disability
Capacity-Building for Working with Socially Excluded Young People
Citizen Engagement and Public Participation: Transparency in Decision-Making
Friendly EU Borders: Relations with New Eastern Neighbors
Lessons Learned: Security Sector Reform and Euro-Atlantic Integration
Building a Common European Future for Environmental Sustainability
Enhancing e-Democracy in Mongolia: Experiences of Citizen Participation Initiatives in Estonia
New Energy Routes in Southeast Europe and Human Rights Protection: Inter-Sectoral Dialogue
Finding Common Ground: Lessons from the EU Accession Process
History and Collective Memory in Southeast Europe: Dilemmas and Implications of Political Discourse
Ineligibility Criteria
The program does not support world congresses/annual conferences, individual travel/conference participation, artistic productions, consultancies, higher education research, translation/publishing, hard science, or business/commercial/for-profit activities.
Purpose and Priorities
Created in 1991, the program focused on Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, specifically in the context of post-socialist transition. At the time, George Soros described this idea to promote cooperation: “People should travel, meet each other, exchange opinions and experiences. There is so much that people in Central and Eastern Europe can offer to each other; so many ways in which they can help each other. They should engage in the processes of transition together. This region should be alive.”
Guidelines
For more information, please contact the appropriate program coordinator (list available for download).