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Fact-Finding Mission to the Balkans

German Marshall Fund of the United States

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Special Initiatives
  • Grant Amount $25,000
  • Grant Period October 1, 2003–December 31, 2003
  • Location Washington, DC, United States
  • Geographic Focus Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia

About this grant

Since the end of the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1995, the Western Balkans have experienced positive changes and the countries are currently in the process of integrating into Euro-Atlantic structures. Nonetheless, democracy is still weak in the region and the economic situation is uncertain. There is a critical need to draw attention to the region’s positive political and economic developments and encourage the international community to continue supporting its development.Funding will enable former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Richard Holbrooke and former French Minister of Health and United Nations Special Representative to Kosovo Bernard Kouchner to travel to Sarajevo, Belgrade and Pristina and meet with political and civic leaders. Two major speeches will be delivered in Sarajevo and Pristina.The German Marshall Fund of the United States was created in 1972 by a gift from Germany as a permanent memorial in the spirit of the postwar Marshall plan. The fund’s mission is to deepen understanding, promote collaborations, and stimulate exchanges between Americans and Europeans.