Matra supports activities that encourage the process of change and strengthen relations between the Netherlands and Matra countries. The programme works with civil society and central and local authorities alike. Most projects take the form of twinning, i.e. partnership between a Dutch and a local organisation.
BIRN project supported by the Matra programme aims to promote and strengthen criminal justice as a first pillar of transitional justice by organising focus groups with the relevant stakeholders as well as by regular, in-depth, high standard reporting on war crimes processing from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia and Kosovo, with a goal of building capacities of local journalists, relevant officials, judiciary, law enforcement agencies, legal professionals, civil society actors on addressing impunity and the challenges of the transitional justice processes.