The mandate of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) was established by the Security Council in its resolution 1244 (1999). The Mission is mandated to help ensure conditions for a peaceful and normal life for all inhabitants of Kosovo and advance regional stability in the Western Balkans. The priorities of the Mission remain to promote security, stability and respect for human rights in Kosovo and in the region.
The Humanitarian Law Center Kosovo (HLC Kosovo) operates as an independent organization in Kosovo and constantly contributes to Kosovo’s ability to establish and maintain the rule of law to develop a just society. The HLC Kosovo works to document facts that will countinously assist Kosovo society to deal with its violent past. In 2017, HLC Kosovo established the Documentation centre – Kosovo (DCK), a unique transitional justice space where everyone and in particular the youth can seek information about transitional justice and dealing with the past.
USAID’s projects in Kosovo focus on economic growth, democracy, and governance to help achieve lasting security, prosperity and stability. USAID believes that improved education, economic opportunities and quality of life increase the confidence of Kosovo Serbs that they have a viable future in Kosovo. USAID’s community-based programs have rehabilitated and built community infrastructure, engaged young people and supported businesses in minority areas of Kosovo. Furthermore, USAID programs have also focused on strengthening rule-of-law, good governance, decentralization and democracy.
Kosovar Civil Society Foundation (KCSF) is an independent, non-profit organization that supports the development of civil society and initiatives that promote a democratic culture and respond to the socio-economic needs of Kosovo, with a particular focus on contributing to the integration process in the European Union.
The British Embassy in Kosovo maintains and develops relations between the UK and Kosovo as well as they work in close relations with the government of Kosovo on a wide range of issues like rule of law, good governance, human rights and security.
Civitates is a philanthropic initiative for democracy and solidarity in Europe.
It provides funding for civil society actors to come together, revitalise public discourse, and ensure that all voices are heard.
The objective of the Norwegian support to the Western Balkans is to promote development stability and democracy.
Norway supports many initiatives in Kosovo as well as the region to encourage regional cooperation, good governance through the development of rule of law, civil society, and the media, socio-economic development as well as reconciliation and implementation of transitional justice.
The Delegation of the European Union to Montenegro is responsible for analysing and reporting on political, economic and trade developments, promoting reform progress, implementing and managing an EU financial assistance portfolio and improving the visibility and communication of the EU in Montenegro.
The Delegation of the European Union to Montenegro started working in November 2007.
The Delegation in Montenegro supports the project by BIRN Hub and CIN Montenegro entitled Media Investigations: Stop to READ (Regional Environmental Acts of Devastation).
In 2017-2018 it backed the project Investigate for ME and EU.
The European Commission (EC) is the EU’s executive arm. It takes decisions on the Union’s political and strategic direction.
The European Commission represents the interests of the EU as a whole. It proposes new legislation to the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union, and it ensures that EU law is correctly applied by member countries.
The Commission’s other main roles are to set objectives and priorities for action, manage and implement EU policies and the budget, enforce European law (jointly with the Court of Justice), and to represent the EU outside of Europe.
The EC currently supports the following BIRN Hub programmes:
- Balkan Transitional Justice Initiative – supported through the Civil Society Facility and Media Programme 2016-2017 with a grant starting at the beginning of 2018.
- Resonant Voices Initiative in the EU – supported through the Civil Society Empowerment Programme. Main Implementer: Stichting Commission for International Justice and Accountability (CIJA) – Netherlands. Partners: BIRN Hub and Foundation Propulsion Fund – Serbia.
- Technical Assistance to Public Service Media in the Western Balkans – supported through a grant from the European Commission DG NEAR D.5 – in which BIRN Hub is a part of consortium led by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), and in cooperation with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the Austrian public broadcaster ORF, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), and the Office of the Eurovision News Exchange for South-East Europe (ERNO).
- Strengthening Quality News and Independent Journalism in the Western Balkans and Turkey – supported through a grant from the European Commission Directorate-General Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations. The main implementer is BIRN Hub and partners are Thomson Media gGmbH (TM), the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Central European University (CEU CMDS), the Media Association of South-East Europe (MASEE), the Center for Investigative Journalism of Montenegro (CIN CG), the Independent Trade Union of Journalists and Media Workers in Macedonia (SSNM), BIRN Albania and BIRN Serbia.
Founded in 1940, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund advances social change that contributes to a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world.
In the Western Balkans, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF) has worked since 2001 to achieve restorative justice after the devastating conflicts of the 1990s, to build civil society institutions, and to increase government accountability, especially on matters of environmental concern. It makes numerous grants to organisations working to prepare the Balkan nations to meet the requirements for membership of the European Union.
The Fund focuses on Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, and Bosnia and Herzegovina to help them complete the process of integration into the EU. The interdependence among the countries, common challenges they face, and the potential they possess together as a subregion of the European Union present a unique opportunity for successful integration. The Fund supports civil society initiatives that advance collaboration and enhance the capacity for sustainable development and enduring peace in the region.
The Rockefeller Brothers Fund has been an institutional donor to BIRN Hub since 2009.
The RBF currently provides general support to BIRN Kosovo, in backing efforts to improve practices, performance, transparency, and accountability in governance. It has supported the organisation though projects and general support for a decade.