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Multireligious Cooperation in the Balkans

World Conference of Religions for Peace, Inc.

www.wcrp.org

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Special Initiatives
  • Grant Amount $100,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2002–March 31, 2003
  • Location New York, NY, United States
  • Geographic Focus Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Macedonia

About this grant

Based on its work with the religious communities in Bosnia-Herzegovina since 1996 and in Kosovo since 1998, the World Conference on Religion and Peace has gained experience in promoting active interreligious cooperation among religious leaders. Through these efforts and work in other parts of the world, it has developed a proven model for assisting religious leaders to form structures and processes through which they can actively work together.Multiyear funding will support objectives that include expanding the discussion and debate among various segments of Bosnian society on the role of religion and religious communities; strengthening the newly-formed interreligious council of Kosovo and promoting dialogue and cooperation in Kosovo; nurturing the relationship between leaders of the Islamic community and the Macedonian Orthodox Church; exploring the creation of an interreligious council in Macedonia modeled after those in Kosovo and Bosnia; and facilitating the formation of interreligious councils in Albania and Bulgaria by religious leaders.During the past two years, accomplishments included creating and supporting an interreligious council of senior leaders from the four main traditions in Bosnia-Herzegovina; assisting Kosovo religious leaders in forming an interreligious council; and selecting Albania, Bulgaria and Macedonia for the next round of assistance.