Balkan Trust for Democracy Awards 1000th Grant
BELGRADE (June 1, 2012) -- The Balkan Trust for Democracy (BTD) announces today that Internews Kosova, a media development organization, will receive the 1000th grant awarded by BTD in the Balkan region.
The milestone grant will finance Internews Kosova’s operations in monitoring the performance of the police and judicial bodies. The grant will also aid the non-profit organization in researching and televising regular debates and reports on the effectiveness of police and judicial institutions based on those monitoring efforts.
“We are pleased to announce that Internews Kosova will be BTD’s 1000th grantee,” said Gordana Delic, BTD’s director. “With this grant, Internews Kosova can continue carrying out its duty to the public by reporting on corruption and issues affecting Kosovo citizens.”
The Balkan Trust for Democracy is a 10-year, $36-million grantmaking initiative that supports democracy, good governance, and Euroatlantic integration in Southeastern Europe. This award-winning public-private partnership was created in 2003 by the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. Recognized by USAID with the Global Development Alliance Excellence Award in 2005, BTD has attracted funding from other U.S. and European sources in support of local grantmaking in the Balkans.
Operating from the German Marshall Fund's Belgrade office, BTD awards grants in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, and Serbia. BTD also gives regional grants to organizations promoting the benefits of a pan-Balkan network.
“Since 2003, BTD grants have helped hundreds of Balkan residents, especially young people, with coming to terms with their troubled past,” added Delic. The Internews Kosova grant is for a collaborative project that also includes the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network and the Institute for Advanced Studies GAP, a leading Kosovo think tank. The project aims to bring investigative reporting and citizen-reported corruption concerns to an audience of more than 400,000 viewers a week. Ratings show that, “Life in Kosovo" and "Justice in Kosovo," the two programs funded by the grant, are the most-watched three hours of Sunday night television in Kosovo, and are shown on Radio Television Kosova, the state-owned channel.
The production agency will use a portion of the grant to support the recently launched citizen reporting website, kallxho.com (“Report it”), which is designed to provide Kosovo residents with a platform for directly reporting corruption and government malpractice.
Click here to download a video profiling Internews Kosova's work.