BIRN is now in the last of a three-year strategy, Building Investigative Teams, which was a precondition for launching the project of long-term sustainability achievement.
In 2007 and 2008, BIRN embarked on the commercialisation of some of its activities. The programme aims to develop elements of the network’s activities to become income generating, thereby achieving sustainability in the medium term.
This is a pioneer project in the Balkans, combining Internet technology and resources to develop additional revenue streams for the organisation.
The Netherlands embassy has given generous support for BIRN’s development as an independent local civil society initiative, and helped its regional activities throughout 2006, 2007 and 2008.