BIRN Programmes: A - Z

Advancing Sustainability of Independent Online Investigative Journalism


BIRN's advancing sustainability project promotes the democratisation process in the region by training journalists and publishing quality content.

The Balkans
2010 - 2013

Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence


Through its Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence programme, BIRN works within the region to foster quality reporting, initiate regional networking among journalists and advance balanced coverage on topics that are central to the region as well as to the EU.

Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Romania and Serbia
2007 - Present

Balkan's Initiative for Cultural Cooperation, Exchange and Development (BICCED)


BIRN's Initiative for Cultural Cooperation, Exchange and Development aimed to improve the situation in the region by strengthening cultural life and cross-cultural cooperation as an important element of a participatory, open and dynamic civil society.

Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia
January 2010 – December 2012

Eye on Public Finances

BIRN Serbia

BIRN Serbia's Eye on Public Finances programme aims to increase government transparency and accountability in the sphere of public finances by generating public demand and creating opportunities for constructive debate among stakeholders, and increasing citizen participation.

Belgrade, Serbia

Justice Series: Media, civil society and war crime trials

BIRN Bosnia and Herzegovina

BIRN BiH's Justice Series programme is the organisation's flagship effort that was launched in 2005, which aims to increase understanding of and support for the work of the war crimes trials in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the region.

Bosnia and Herzegovina
2005 - Present

Media Production

BIRN Kosovo

BIRN Kosovo conducts a variety of projects as part of its media production programme, including TV debates, court monitoring and reporting, and investigative journalism. The projects aim to provide momentum to the democratic transition in Kosovo by promoting accountability, rule of law and policy reform.


Monitoring of Public Services

BIRN Kosovo

BIRN Kosovo monitors public services in the country, focusing on three main areas: the rule of law, education and health. The team drafts reports based on its findings and makes recommendations for improvements.


Regional Reporting on Transitional Justice Issues


The programme aims to contribute to the reconciliation process in the region by raising awareness of transitional justice issues among the citizens of the former Yugoslav republics.

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia
2011 - 2017

Research and Publications

BIRN Kosovo

BIRN Kosovo's 2011 research and publications programme worked to encourage reform in the country's public services by providing systematic monitoring of the courts in all seven regions of Kosovo.



BIRN Kosovo

BIRN Kosovo carries out a training programme that aims to combat corruption in the country by improving reporting on corruption issues and holding institutions to account.


Project for Assessing Self-Censorship in the Albanian Media

BIRN Albania

BIRN Albania will carry out a study that will highlight the root cause of self-censorship in the local media and its consequences, with a particular focus on the access to information of vulnerable groups. The study aims to raise awareness on the practice and its negative effects not only on the journalistic profession but also on the right to freedom of information and freedom of expression in Albania.

July 2014 - December 2014

Project for Exposing Corruption in Albania

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The project includes cooperation between journalists and CSOS, journalistic training and mentoring, investigative reporting and publishing, media monitoring and debating on the corruption cases in Albania.

April 2014 - December 2016

Project on Accountability in Local Governance through Citizen Participation and Civic Journalism

BIRN Albania

This project aims to bridge the gap between local voters and mayor candidates ahead of the 2015 local government elections, by strengthening the capacities of CSOs, grassroots organizations, activists and the media - in order to identify and generate public debate on the key issues that local communities face.

September 2014 - June 2015

Project for Investigative Journalism and Cooperation Between Media and Civil Society

BIRN Macedonia

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.

December 2012 – July 2015

All the Projects: A - Z