Open Estonia Foundation


Open Estonia Foundation was set up in 1990 with the support of George Soros, who has closely followed the reforms in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and now has a network of Open Society foundations operating in CEE countries. The foundation is an operating and grantgiving organisation.


The mission of the foundation is the development of an open society in Estonia and in other countries. The foundation’s programs are driven by a vision of democracy, civil society, social responsibility, and equal opportunities in the democratic decision making process.

Geographic Focus

Estonia, also Russia.

Programme Areas

2016-2018 Open Estonia Foundation will focus on transparent and accountable governance and society, a greater role of people in shaping policies, advancement of social cohesion and discussion while enhancing the commitment of everyone to the values of democracy.

These topics are divided into four portfolios that include research, discussions, training, networking, consulting, exchange of experiences, information, advocacy and connecting people. In addition they support initiatives by other independent organisations that are consistent with their aims.

• Open and Transparent Governance
• Future Europe
• Democratic Russia
• Cooperation, dialogue, debate
• NGO Fund

Open and Transparent Governance
Designed to remind the principles of good and transparent governance and the role of inclusion for the functioning of the society. In favor for a corruption free governance and adminitration.

Future Europe
Aims to discuss which European policies and methods need improvement and how to develop better decision-making; to create a stronger, more effective, citizen-centred and democratic Europe.

Democratic Russia:
Supports Russian civil society, activists, journalists and public figures who are in danger or need urgent help..

Cooperation, dialogue, debate
Raises issues for the advancement of an open society; promotes public debate and opinion culture.

NGO Fund
Specific Programme area within the EEA Financial Mechanism 2009-2014, funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, earmarked to provide flexible and accessible funding to eligible NGOs, with the aim to foster an enabling environment for the sector, strengthen its capacity and enhance its contribution to social justice, democracy and sustainable development. NGO Fund in Estonia is established with the Memorandum of Understanding between the Donor states and the Republic of Estonia. The Fund Operator for the programme is the Open Estonia Foundation (OEF).

The overall objective of the NGO Fund is: Strengthened civil society development and enhanced contribution to social justice, democracy and sustainable development.

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