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George Soros established his first foundation in 1979 in New York, and his first Eastern European foundation in Hungary in 1984. Today, his network of foundations-the great majority of which are named Open Society Institutes-spans 31 countries and continues to grow. Open Society Institutes operate in most countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, including Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan.
These foundations are dedicated to "building and maintaining the infrastructure and institutions of an open society."Each national institute or foundation operates independently with its own staff and board. The foundation began working in Kazakstan in 1993 to supports a variety of programs in the areas of educational, social,and legal reform.
The Soros Foundation Web site lists all the Network programs and provides e-mail addresses for persons involved with each of them. It also gives the office addresses and telephone numbers for each of the national Soros foundations.
A print version of much of the information contained in this Central Asian Third Sector Organizations section can be found in Civil Society in Central Asia (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1999).
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