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General Purposes

Balkan Investigative Reporting Network

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Special Initiatives
  • Grant Amount $100,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2018–December 31, 2019
  • Location Sarajevo, Bosnia And Herzegovina
  • Geographic Focus Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia

About this grant

The program goal is to promote regional cooperation among journalists that results in more accurate and objective analysis of political, social, and economic developments in the Balkan region. The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network is the regional coordination center for a network of five independent media organizations and various editors, journalists, and trainers across the Balkans. The grantee is dedicated to creating professional, independent media in Southeast Europe as an essential component of developing democracy and a market economy in the region. The grantee and other network members work together to regularly analyze key transition issues for the public and policymakers, publish weekly reports, and organize training events and public debates. During the previous grant period, the grantee trained more than 130 local journalists and supported journalists through fellowships and intensive summer school programs. Through its websites and online media, the grantee collectively reached more than 5.6 million people in 2016—an increase of 600,000 from 2015. The grantee is based in Sarajevo, and the network includes member organizations in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Serbia.