Norwegian Government to provide financial assistance to development and stability of Western Balkans

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway has announced a call for proposals under the grant scheme for the six Western Balkan countries - Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. 

The call, published on the Ministry’s Grant Portal, reads that the Norwegian Government intends to intensify its efforts in the Western Balkans to contribute to lasting stability and democratic development.

The purpose of Norwegian development assistance to the countries in the Western Balkans is the development of the rule of law and stability in the region. This support has four priorities: Closer regional cooperation, also including countries that are EU members; reconciliation and implementation of transitional justice; socio-economic development through enhanced economic growth and competitiveness, increased capacity in the field of environment/climate/energy, and increased social and economic inclusion of marginalized groups; good governance through support for development of the rule of law, defense sector reform, civil society and the media, minorities, and the fight against organized crime and corruption”, the announcement reads.

Potential grant recipients in Bosnia and Herzegovina are public institutions and organizations, NGOs, other non-commercial actors and intergovernmental organizations.

Priority areas in BiH are peace and reconciliation; economic growth, innovation and job creation; strengthening the judicial system through capacity-building in the courts system and prosecuting authorities, prison system and police; and combating organized crime and corruption.

Furthermore, priority will be given to the following types of projects: projects that help the recipient country to meet the EU or NATO requirements that are necessary for further Euro-Atlantic integration; projects that promote regional cooperation; projects that promote inclusion, the rights of ethnic minorities and other minority groups, as well as women, children and young people.

Norwegian Embassy in Sarajevo is responsible for managing development assistance to Bosnia and Herzegovina.