- Program Civil Society
- Program Area Special Initiatives
- Grant Amount $175,000
- Grant Period August 1, 2002–May 31, 2004
- Location Washington, DC, United States
- Geographic Focus Serbia
About this grant
As the region of Yugoslavia transitions to democracy, there is a vital opportunity to work for lasting peace and prosperity. Addressing issues of justice and accountability for past wrongs will be central to the ongoing transformation to democracy and lasting peace. There is a critical need to encourage the involvement of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), citizens, the media, churches and educational institutions in the reconciliation process.Funding will provide strategic support to citizen initiatives and NGOs in Serbia working to advance the process of confronting the past and promoting reconciliation among the people of Serbia and their neighbors. Objectives include raising public awareness and understanding of the conflicts of the past decade, particularly at the local level and in communities directly affected by violence and human rights abuses; transferring effective models of multiethnic community building and reconciliation to areas of ethnic diversity in Serbia and Montenegro; promoting cross-border cooperation; and strengthening cooperation among the media, NGOs and the Federal Commission of Truth and Reconciliation.Freedom House, founded in the 1940s, is a leading advocate of the world’s young democracies. It conducts research, advocacy, education and training initiatives that promote human rights, democracy, free market economics and the rule of law.