Central and Eastern Europe

Regional: Southeastern Europe 2016


Advancing the Process of Transitional Justice

Documenta – Center for Dealing with the Past


To promote a better understanding of war crimes committed on the territory of former Yugoslavia in the 1990s. In partnership with four regional organizations, the Zagreb-based group will continue its research contributing to the process of preparing a comprehensive, credible, and commonly agreed upon source of information about the number, identity, and fate of war victims in the former Yugoslavia. The group will organize a series of regional meetings and presentations of the findings in Croatia.


Advancing the Process of Transitional Justice

SENSE – Transitional Justice Center


To advance the process of transitional justice and historical understanding in the Western Balkans. The Croatia-based organization will produce a virtual documentation center dedicated to preserving and presenting to the public all relevant investigations and prosecutions by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia related to the destruction of cultural, historical, and religious heritage during the armed conflicts in the 1990s, thereby fostering public awareness and debate on these war crimes.


Fostering Professional Media Reporting

South East European Network for Professionalization of Media


To build the capacity of Southeast European media to provide timely and objective coverage of crisis developments, thereby countering misinformation and manipulation. The project will assess the current state of crisis reporting and advocate for improvements; train journalists in key skills required to produce accurate, balanced, and interesting content on crisis developments; and produce and widely disseminate news and information to counter misinformation campaigns and stimulate public demand for trustworthy and engaging journalism.


Fostering Public Dialogue about War Crimes Committed against Women

Women in Black


To foster public dialogue about war crimes and human rights violations committed against women during the violent breakup of Yugoslavia, as well as to promote alternative mechanisms for attaining justice for the victims. Working with women’s NGOs and victims’ associations, the group will examine war-related violence against women, and provide victims with the opportunity to tell their individual stories of suffering. The testimonies will contribute to the growing body of facts about war crimes committed in the former Yugoslavia.


Fostering Regional Cooperation among Young Political Leaders

Youth Initiative for Human Rights – Croatia


To encourage cooperation between young political leaders from the Western Balkans and enable them to play a greater role in promoting democratic values, human rights, and reconciliation in their countries. Through a series of workshops and advocacy campaigns, the Zagreb-based organization will increase the leadership and advocacy skills of promising young leaders from over 30 political parties in five countries, and strengthen and expand the network that facilitates their regular communication and cooperation.


Fostering Tolerance and Understanding among Youth

Education Builds BiH


To foster tolerance and marginalize the appeal of extremist voices among youth by encouraging engaged discussions on sensitive and divisive issues facing the Western Balkans and the world. A weekly television series will challenge a diverse group of youth, especially those living in deeply divided or vulnerable communities, to reexamine their beliefs and stereotypes, question illiberal narratives, and offer their own interpretations of young people’s behaviors and attitudes, especially as they relate to extremism and radicalization.


Improving Crossborder Dialogue and Civic Engagement

Heartefact Fund


To support innovative civil society and media initiatives fostering civic engagement, democratic values, and respect for human rights in the Western Balkans. The Belgrade-based organization will award small grants to support projects addressing common problems facing post-conflict societies in the region, promoting crossborder dialogue, and enhancing cooperation between Bosnian, Kosovar, and Serbian civil society groups, particularly those addressing prejudice, discrimination, human rights violations, and painful war legacies.


Improving Crossborder Dialogue, Tolerance and Cooperation

Heartefact Fund

Supplement: $25,000

To support innovative civil society and media initiatives promoting interethnic dialogue and cooperation, as well as tolerance, diversity, and respect for human rights, among divided communities in the Western Balkans. The foundation will award 10-12 small grants, ranging from $3,000 to $6,000, to support projects addressing common problems facing post-conflict societies in the region, promoting crossborder dialogue, and enhancing cooperation between Bosnian, Kosovar, and Serbian civil society groups. Ahead of the April 2016 general elections in Serbia, the group will organize 15 public debates and video discussions regarding the state of democracy and human rights in the country.


Promoting Accountability through Regional Cooperation



To promote the use of fact-checking as an effective accountability tool in Southeastern Europe. The Zagreb-based organization will facilitate learning from and exchange of content with its partners from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia to promote the accountability of public officials in the three countries. In addition to organizing two regional capacity-building workshops, the watchdog group will also expand its own website to include a greater number of fact-checking, analytical, and promise tracking features.


Promoting Civic Participation among Youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia

Youth Communication Center


To assist young people in advocating for youth related issues. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, the group will provide capacity-building trainings to student councils in close to 300 high schools, continue to strengthen three student council networks, and facilitate their mutual cooperation with government authorities. With a partner organization from Serbia, the program also will encourage regional cooperation and the sharing of best practices between student councils in the two countries.


Promoting Comprehensive Security Sector Reform

Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies


To encourage debate on the region’s Euro-Atlantic integration and advocate for comprehensive security sector reform. While promoting regional cooperation among groups working on this issue, the think tank will monitor the implementation of specific reforms related to Serbia’s recent agreement with NATO, and issue scorecards and an assessment report grading the number and quality of activities completed. The group will promote its findings through interviews, consultations, media appearances, and a roundtable bringing together domestic and international policymakers.


Promoting Historical Understanding and Reconciliation through Film

Non-Aligned Films


To advance historical understanding and post-conflict reconciliation in the Western Balkans. The group will produce and distribute a feature length film exploring individual responsibility for crimes committed during the disintegration of Yugoslavia. The historically accurate film will be based on actual stories, interviews, and archival materials related to the systemic cover-up of war crimes committed by Serb forces against ethnic Albanians in Kosovo. The film will be screened in theaters and at festivals throughout the region.


Promoting Historical Understanding and Reconciliation through Film

This and That Productions


To advance historical understanding and post-conflict reconciliation in the Western Balkans by generating public discussion on individual responsibility for crimes committed during the disintegration of Yugoslavia. The production company will organize screenings of a feature-length film that critically spotlights war crimes perpetrators and forces audiences to face the legacy of the region’s painful truths. Held in ten cities throughout the region, the screenings will include accompanying discussions featuring leading experts and film makers.


Promoting Minority Issues through Online Media

Serb National Council


To develop a network of independent online media outlets and enable it to produce and disseminate unique content related to minority rights. Two leading online portals from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia will produce and exchange a series of articles critically examining the status of minorities in the two countries. The exchange will promote minority issues and encourage constructive public debate on the status of minorities, while expanding the portals’ reach and impact.


Promoting New Technologies to Foster Activism and Accountability

Why Not?


To promote the use of new media and information technologies in fostering activism and accountability in Southeastern Europe. An annual conference in Sarajevo will connect the region’s leading watchdog groups and highlight innovative accountability initiatives using new technologies. The three-day event will feature some 40 presentations and attract over 300 activists, while a follow up meeting of regional watchdog groups will generate ideas for future accountability initiatives. The grantee will also produce up to 40 videos promoting innovative accountability tools.


Strengthening Democratic Trade Unions to Promote Democratic and Equitable Development

Solidarity Center (SC)


To strengthen the capacity of trade unions in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania and Serbia. The center will assist unions to engage effectively in health and safety initiatives, improve organizing and recruitment campaigns, and expand the coverage of collective bargaining. The center will provide training programs to foster encourage greater membership outreach and build cooperation with other civil society organizations.


Strengthening Legislatures in the Western Balkans

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)


To promote parliamentary openness in the Western Balkans. Drawing on new technologies and resources, the institute will share best practices and examples of strengthening public engagement in and knowledge of the legislative process. The institute will also aim to expand institutional discourse on strategic planning and development by organizing exchanges with legislators and experts from Central Europe and the Baltic States.


Using New Media to Promote Government Transparency

Center for Democratic Transition


To promote the use of new media in fostering transparency and accountability in Southeastern Europe. The Montenegro-based organization will work with three leading watchdog groups using new technologies in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, and Serbia to develop an online database at the regional level that will allow comparisons of openness, accountability, and reform capacities of the governments in the four countries. The project will include regular monitoring, interactive data graphics, and a regional conference.

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