Programmes

Sustainable Energy Journalism Award for Western Balkans 2023

Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia
September 2023 – December 2023
BIRN HUB

Open Data and Digitalisation in the Western Balkans

Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia
October 2023 – October 2024
BIRN HUB

Paper Trail to Better Governance IV

Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia
September 2023 – August 2026
BIRN Kosovo

Surveillance and Censorship in the Western Balkans (WB6)

Surveillance and Censorship in the Western Balkans (WB6)

Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia
October 2023 – October 2025
BIRN Hub

Under the Spotlight: Infrastructure Projects in Serbia

Serbia
January 2023 – January 2024
BIRN Serbia

Strengthening Quality News and Independent Journalism in Western Balkans and Türkiye II

Strengthening Quality News and Independent Journalism in Western Balkans and Türkiye II

Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Türkiye.
January 2023- January 2026
BIRN Hub

The project aims to provide systemic support to improve the quality and professionalism of journalism in the Western Balkans and Türkiye. It is based on a successful model established by BIRN and its partners over the past four years, which enables journalists to produce relevant, high-quality content independently, broadening citizens’ perspectives on issues of public importance and increasing trust in the media. The project includes capacity building for mid-career and young journalists, ensuring quality in journalism study programs, supporting the production of quality news, TV and cross-border investigation stories, providing investigative resource desk support, and promoting these stories through awards. Additionally, the project aims to ensure that the quality of journalism study programs is maintained for future generations.

Reporting Digital Rights and Freedoms

Reporting Digital Rights and Freedoms

Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey
January 2023 – January 2026
BIRN Kosovo

The aim of this project is to enhance the knowledge and skills of media and civil society to monitor digital rights violations and disinformation, assert the right to information and respond to abuses in the digital sphere. The project will work on improving the capacities of journalists and organizations by providing them with mentorship, editorial guidance, legal and grant support to increase policy and advocacy efforts, and equip target groups with the skills to track and respond to digital rights violations.

Media as a means to improve the transparency of the justice system and the fight against terrorism and violent extremism

Kosovo
December 2022 – November 2023
BIRN Kosovo

The project aim is to contribute to making justice institutions in Kosovo more transparent and accountable, thereby increasing public demand for the enhancement of their performance.

Supporting CSOs and/or media to advance investigative journalism and increase high-quality media content on procurement and public finance irregularities

Kosovo
December 2022 – September 2023
BIRN Kosovo

This project aims to increase transparency and accountability from local governance institutions by producing and publishing stories on public spending abuses, institutional wrongdoings and corrupt affairs. It aims to help build the capacity of journalists and journalism students to monitor and report about corruption, public procurement and public expenditure.

Supporting CSOs to monitor procurement activities in the USAID KMI Phase 1 municipalities and Ministry of Health

Kosovo
February 2023 – November 2023
BIRN Kosovo

This project aims to contribute to an increase in transparency and accountability in local government institutions by monitoring procurement activities at local and central levels and publishing a report on public spending abuses, institutional wrongdoings and corrupt affairs.

Addressing Misinformation through Fact-checking Journalism

Kosovo
September 2022 – June 2023
BIRN Kosovo

This project aims to contribute to combating the spread of fake news and disinformation in Kosovo by raising awareness and promoting fact-checking reporting among the people of Kosovo and supporting fact-checking journalism. The project aims to increase public awareness on fake news and disinformation, especially among marginalized groups such as women, the young and members of non-majority communities.

Strengthening Civil Society Anti-Corruption Capacity in Energy and Environment Issues in Kosovo

Kosovo
November 2022 – August 2023
BIRN Kosovo

The project aims to strengthen the legal basis for proper environmental protection for national parks and increase the efficiency of this mechanism through good management. BIRN Kosova, as leader of the civil society coalition, will implement various activities including analysis and research, aiming to identify and expose corruption related to protected areas/national parks, focused on the Drini and Mirusha rivers, including the Ibar.

Spheres of Influence Uncovered

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Georgia, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan
October 2022 – December 2025
BIRN Hub

This project aims to contribute to a better understanding of the roles that three key international players – the EU, Russia and China – have on the seven project countries’ economies. In the course of this, journalists from the seven countries – Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Georgia, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan – will map Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), coming from these three players and identify the main challenges and consequences for their countries. They will also produce investigative country-based and cross-border reports while their skills will be upgraded with a series of capacity-building activities.

Society against Corruption in Montenegro

Montenegro
October 2022 – March 2025
BIRN Hub

The aim of this project is to increase the accountability to citizens of Montenegro’s national and local governments, as well as public institutions, and empower the justice system and the rule of law.

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