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Strengthening Civil Society in the Western Balkans


  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Strengthening Civic Space
  • Grant Amount $100,000
  • Grant Period July 1, 2012–September 30, 2013
  • Location Atlanta, GA, United States
  • Geographic Focus Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia

About this grant

The project goal is to strengthen youth development and active participation in addressing violence and peacebuilding challenges in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, and Serbia. To this end, CARE USA will provide financial and technical assistance to seven nongovernmental organizations across the region. Selected organizations will receive support to develop and implement programs that promote peacebuilding, address issues of masculinity and violence, and engage young people directly in community and civic initiatives. A particular focus will be given to working with community-based organizations in eastern Bosnia-Herzegovina. During the last grant period, the grantee supported three youth-led nongovernmental organizations in the Srebrenica region of eastern Bosnia-Herzegovina working to strengthen peacebuilding and eight youth nongovernmental organizations working together at the regional level to reduce violence among young men. The groups received financial support, training, and networking opportunities. This project is implemented by CARE USA through the offices of CARE International in Banja Luka, Bosnia-Herzegovina. The grantee’s purpose is to help the developing world’s poor in their efforts to achieve social and economic well-being.