Donors and Partners


Balkan Trust for Democracy (BTD)


The Balkan Trust for Democracy is a 10-year, USD 36-million grantmaking initiative that supports democracy, good governance, and Euroatlantic integration in Southeastern Europe.

This award-winning public-private partnership was created in 2003 by the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

The Balkan Trust for Democracy operates with a small, experienced staff that actively seeks out and incorporates expertise from a wide variety of partners. These experts, along with GMF staff, make up the grantmaking committee that reviews proposals to ensure that BTD’s programs are effective, responsive to local needs, and complementary to other initiatives supported by the international community.

An Advisory Board of experts from Southeastern Europe and key international organisations guides the Balkan Trust for Democracy’s strategic development.

BTD is structured to allow both European and U.S. partners to join the effort to strengthen transatlantic cooperation in the Balkans. Since its founding, additional contributions from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Belgrade, Compagnia di San Paolo, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece, Robert Bosch Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, and Tipping Point Foundation have made BTD a true transatlantic partnership.

The Balkan Trust for Democracy supports BIRN Hub’s project to improve network elements and online reporting on Organ Trafficking, Macedonia Name Dispute and Crisis in Bosnia, which is part of its Advancing Sustainability of Independent Online Investigative Journalism Programme.



Supported Projects

Improving Network’s elements and online reporting on Kosovo Organ Trafficking, Macedonia Name Dispute and Crisis in Bosnia

This project aims to raise the visibility of hot topics in the Balkans by creating three special focus pages on that cover organ trafficking in Kosovo, the Macedonia name dispute and the ongoing political crisis in Bosnia.

Enhancing Network Performance and Online Reporting on Kosovo-Serbian Relations and Future of Bosnia

The aims to enhance the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Serbia and Albania through continuous reporting on two pressing issues: the Future of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo-Serbia relations. It does this through debates on social networks and blogs, and through republications of relevant BIRN articles in local media.

Supported BIRN Members