Western Balkans Fund
The Western Balkans Fund (WBF) is the first home-grown intergovernmental initiative created to strengthen regional cooperation and cohesion, and to advance integration into the European Union. Its founding agreement was signed by the Foreign Ministers of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Macedonia and Serbia, and the WBF is almost entirely funded by the six contracting parties. The WBF also benefits from support from the International Visegrad Fund which is backed by Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland who want to share their experience of promoting regional integration.
By focusing its small grants on people-to-people projects, the WBF aims to foster a shared understanding and appreciation of the common heritage, and to contribute to exchange and collaboration across the region.
The team has started working in November 2017, has already launched its first call for proposal and requested PeaceNexus to provide support to its team development, to strengthen its grant-making capacity and to provide support to its long-term perspectives, including through strategy development.