Western Balkans

Advancing a peaceful, democratic, and European Western Balkans

  • Istinomer, a fact-checking organization, serves public demand for transparency in Serbia. It also hosts debates, like this 2012 forum with candidates running for mayor of the city of Niš.
  • Western Balkans
    DokuFest is an international film festival in Kosovo, known for its showcase of works that address social, political, human rights, and most recently, environmental issues.
  • The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network has played a critical role in collecting and disseminating the information that is the basis of a democratic state.
  • Forum MNE’s program Youth for Green Montenegro mobilizes young people to get involved with environmentalism and kickstarts local philanthropy within the business community.

Program Guidelines

The countries of the Western Balkans are working to build truly peaceful and democratic societies where institutions of governance are transparent, accountable, and responsive, and citizens are engaged, empowered and assertive—realizing the vision of a just, sustainable, and peaceful Western Balkans. The Fund supports efforts of civil society groups, governmental institutions, and other partners to work toward strengthening democratic practice, advancing reconciliation and durable peace, enabling sustainable development, and promoting a European future for the region.

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Funding Strategies

Featured Grantees

Members of the Youth Club of Nikšić line up to plant saplings in Montenegro's second largest city in 2014. (Image courtesy of Forum mladi i neformalna edukacija.)
Forum Mladi I Neformalna Edukacija
Candidates running for mayor in the Serbian city of Niš participating in an Istinomer debate ahead of 2012 elections, hosted by journalist Suzana Trninić. Photo courtesy CRTA.
Civic Association CRTA-The Center for Research, Transparency and Accountability
A screening at the opening ceremony of DokuFest 2011 in Prizren, Kosovo.
DokuFest

News and updates

The Western Balkans: A Region in Transition

A new Western Balkans program team examined the current state of affairs in the region and recalibrated our grantmaking guidelines to prioritize democratic practice and peacebuilding efforts.

Qendra Multimedia’s ‘55 Shades of Gay’ Grapples with Social Reform in Kosovo

The envelope-pushing satire about the challenges and paradoxes of inclusion in the Balkans made its U.S. premiere in March.

Mia Vukojević Joins the RBF to Lead Western Balkans Program

Ms. Vukojević’s career in public service includes working on humanitarian aid and grantmaking projects across five continents. She most recently focused on issues affecting women for the Oak Foundation and served as the executive director of Serbia's Trag Foundation.