Donors and Partners

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United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Donor

The United States has a long history of extending a helping hand to people overseas struggling to make a better life. It is a history that both reflects the American people's compassion and support of human dignity as well as advances U.S. foreign policy interests.

In order to support these goals, President John. F. Kennedy created the United States Agency for International Development by executive order in 1961.

U.S. foreign assistance has always had the twofold purpose of furthering America's interests while improving lives in the developing world. USAID carries out U.S. foreign policy by promoting broad-scale human progress at the same time it expands stable, free societies, creates markets and trade partners for the United States, and fosters good will abroad.

Spending less than 1 percent of the total federal budget, USAID works in over 100 countries to:

  • Promote broadly shared economic prosperity;
  • Strengthen democracy and good governance;
  • Protect human rights;
  • Improve global health,
  • Advance food security and agriculture;
  • Improve environmental sustainability;
  • Further education;
  • Help societies prevent and recover from conflicts; and
  • Provide humanitarian assistance in the wake of natural and man-made disasters.

BIRN Bosnia and Herzegovina

USAID Justice  Sector Development Project II (JSDP II) is a three-year, $4.9 million activity that follows up on the successes of the first JSDP (2004- 2009) while launching some significant new reform initiatives. JSDP II is a project of USAID, which is an independent federal agency that manages U.S. foreign economic and humanitarian assistance programs around the world.

JSDP II continues the successful partnership initiative of its predecessor project with the BiH High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council (HJPC), the BiH Ministry of Justice (MOJ), and the courts.

In addition, JSDP II has launched a new partnership with prosecutors’ offices and an ambitious new engagement with civil society. The project supports the rule of law in Bosnia-Herzegovina through strengthened judicial independence, accountability and effectiveness; a better coordinated and more unified justice sector oriented towards EU accession, and increased public confidence in the rule of law.

In previous years the JSDP II USAID Project supported BIRN BiH's Local Justice Under the Spotlight Project, aiding the organization's efforts to advocate for responsible media and a transparent judiciary.

Web: JSDP II, official web site

 

BIRN Serbia

Business Enabling Project

USAID's Business Enabling Project, implemented by Cardno Emerging Markets USA, is a five year initiative launched in January 2011.

The purpose of the project is to help the Government of Serbia improve the competitiveness of the Serbian economy and its private sector businesses. The Project will provide technical assistance, training, and other support to improve the business enabling environment, maintain macroeconomic stability, and further develop financial markets. The project is demand driven: all activities are based on the priorities of the private sector and government.

BIRN works on the Component 2 of the BEP programme in Serbia, which includes Macroeconomic Policy and Public Financial Management and will help the Government implement new budget and fiscal responsibility laws, improve budgeting, increase public disclosure and transparency, strengthen public debt management, and improve economic analysis and forecasting.

With the support of the Business Enabling Project, BIRN Serbia is working to produce the first ever Citizen's Guide to the Republic of Serbia Budget.

Web: BEP, officail web site

Supported Projects

Project for Investigative Journalism and Cooperation Between Media and Civil Society

Through the “Project For Investigative Journalism And Cooperation Between Media And Civil Society” BIRN Macedonia works with NGO representatives and journalists to build and foster efficient links between media and non-governmental organizations with a goal for greater visibility of the NGOs and creating environment for production of more relevant investigative stories.

Fostering Transparency Through Investigative Reporting

The project includes journalistic training and mentoring, investigative reporting, and publishing on cases of public procurement fraud, conflict of interests, and corruption in Albania. The aim of this project is to enhance independent and professional investigative journalism as a mean to increase accountability, transparency, and anti-corruption mechanisms on public procurement procedures.

BIRN Summer School of Investigative Reporting

The BIRN Summer School of Investigative Reporting works to enhance the reporting skills and journalistic standards of journalists from the Balkans and beyond, training 20 journalists from the Balkan region and 10 international journalists each year.

Supported BIRN Members