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General Purposes

Balkan Investigative Reporting Network Kosovo

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Special Initiatives
  • Grant Amount $100,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2015–December 31, 2016
  • Location Pristina, Kosovo
  • Geographic Focus Kosovo

About this grant

The project goal is to enhance public participation in decisionmaking processes by improving accountability and transparency of public institutions in Kosovo. The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network Kosovo will combine hard-hitting journalism and civic activism to encourage people to be informed and engaged in this critical period in Kosovo’s history. Specific activities will include training investigative journalists and field researchers; systematic monitoring of public institutions with a focus on courts, health services, education, and public procurement; and producing high quality print and broadcast media designed to inform the public. Over the past year, the grantee produced a weekly current affairs television program, which with over 350,000 viewers per week was one of the most popular news programs in Kosovo; contributed to regional and national news publications; monitored the performance of courts, hospitals, and schools in 26 municipalities; and prepared detailed reports and analyses based on the information collected. The grantee is a registered nongovernmental organization in Kosovo based in Pristina and part of a Balkan network of similar organizations (each with the same name) in six countries.