Open Society Georgia Foundation
The Open Society Georgia Foundation (OSGF) was founded in 1994 and is a member of the Open Society Institute Network.
The OSGF is committed to the development of democracy and civil society. The OSGF advocates for citizens' interests, and supports initiatives that enhance the protection of human rights and respect for diversity of opinion.
The OSGF has implemented projects and backed initiatives and innovative approaches that support the protection of human rights and the rule of law. The Foundation has also a strong record of achievements in developing civic institutions and the media, promoting civic values, conducting fair elections, and improving access to education and health care; it has also provided major support for European and national integration programs and the development of social equality.
Since 2005, the Open Society Georgian Foundation with its partner Open Society Justice Initiative has been involved in the legal aid system reform and is one of the initiators of establishing the European standards based legal aid system in Georgia. The Foundation participated in drafting of the concept and law on the legal aid, which was adopted by the Parliament of Georgia in June 2007.
OSGF supported the implementation of the Legal Aid Law, in particular contributed to:
- strengthening the Legal Aid Service,
- creating the citizens’ service bureaus and consulting centers throughout Georgia,
- setting up high standards for citizens’ protection and providing the socially vulnerable groups with qualified legal aid.