Many false claims circulate about George Soros. We have responded to some of the most common misconceptions here, to set the record straight.
What are the Open Society Foundations’ activities in Latin America?
Key priorities for the Foundations in Latin America have been supporting the rule of law, human rights and democratic governance, including strong support for anti-corruption efforts.
In El Salvador, which has one of the highest homicide rates in the region, the Foundations’ Latin American Program financed the establishment of the Civil Society Center for Monitoring and Evaluating Violence to address public concerns over increasing petty and organized crime.
In Guatemala, the local Soros foundation helped establish a government-approved commission to work with the UN in investigating illegal groups and clandestine forces that commit political violence.
What are Soros’s views on natural resources and their role in the global economy?
Soros is a strong advocate for revenue transparency in countries where the government holds ownership of natural resources, through which he seeks to give citizens the information they need to hold their governments accountable for the revenue generated from oil, gas and mining. This approach helps ensure it is the citizens, and the country as a whole, that benefit from those valuable resources.
By helping establish a Revenue Watch Institute and supporting the Publish What You Pay campaign, as well as through the Foundations projects to combat corruption, Soros promotes the responsible management of oil, gas and mineral resources for the public good. That includes ensuring that ordinary people and local organizations have information about business deals and revenues related to their country’s natural resources.
The Revenue Watch Institute provides expertise, funding and technical assistance. It is the only organization dedicated exclusively to addressing the special problems of countries dependent on revenue from oil, gas and mining operations – problems that very often include poverty, conflict and corruption.