Open World Profile
Open World Program was established by the U.S. Congress in 1999, and invites emerging political and civic leaders from Moldova and other former Eurasian countries to the United States for short-term professional visits. It aims to promote mutual understanding between Moldova and the United States by enabling Moldovan leaders to experience American political and civic life and to share ideas and expertise with their American counterparts. Most Open World visits last 10 days and focus on a set theme that relates to the delegates' professional or civic work, exposing them to new ideas and practices they can adapt to their own situations. In Moldova, the program is administered by the American Councils for International Education (ACTR/ACCELS).
Open World has hosted more than 17,000 Eurasian leaders in the United States since the
program began in 1999.
More than 14,300 individuals from all 83 Russian regions have participated in the program,
most on exchanges focused on accountable governance, social issues, and the rule of law.
In 2007, Open World expanded to Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, and
Tajikistan. Open World's Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan programs began in 2008; its
Armenia program launched in 2011. Open World has also hosted delegations from Belarus,
Lithuania, and Uzbekistan.
Since 2003, 1,400 leaders have come from Ukraine for programs on accountable governance,
NGO development, the rule of law, and media issues.
The average age of Open World delegates is 38; over half are women.
More than 60 percent of Open World delegates have been federal, regional, or local
government officials at the time of their visit.
Over 2,100 Russian and Ukrainian judges and legal professionals have been hosted in U.S.
courts and communities as part of Open World visits focused on the rule of law. Another 100-
plus judges from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, and
Turkmenistan have taken part in Open World rule of law programs.
Over 150 U.S. federal and state judges have hosted their counterparts from Russia, Ukraine,
Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan.
Open World has brought 155 members of the Russian Federation Council and State Duma to
the United States. Members of the national parliaments of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan,
Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine have also participated in the program.
In 2010, 37 meetings were held between Members of Congress and Open World
participants. Over 50 percent of Open World's 2010 delegates visited Congressional offices
while in Washington, DC, or their host states.
Since November 2003, over 350 cultural leaders from Russia have participated in Open
World's cultural program in the areas of music, dance, writing, film, and historic preservation.
Some 6,500 American families in nearly 2,000 host communities in all 50 states and the
District of Columbia have home-hosted Open World participants.
California has welcomed over 1,325 Open World visitors. New York, Wisconsin, and the
District of Columbia have each hosted over 900 visitors; Iowa, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania
have each hosted over 800; and Ohio has hosted over 700.
Total funding appropriated for the Open World program from 1999 through fiscal year 2011
is $151.68 million