February 21, 2024
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Achievements of the WBF-EU Joint Action

Throughout the Joint Action, our grants empowered civil society, public institutions, non-governmental organizations, professional associations, and many other stakeholders. These projects have brought about positive change, significantly impacting sustainable growth in the Balkan region. Our data vividly showcases the transformative impact that our grantees have had, catalyzing progress in people-to-people connections, regional cooperation, and reconciliation.

An impressive 9 out of 10 grantees report that their experience with WBF has motivated and equipped them to continue playing an active role in regional cooperation.

Additionally, 4 out of 5 grantees report that, following the successful implementation of projects, they are not only capable of forging but also sustaining regional partnerships, engaging with relevant stakeholders in a meaningful way.

Thirty-five percent of all supported projects within the 2nd Call for Proposals focused on empowering human capital, including youngsters, students, and professionals through the organization of training, workshops, study visits exchange of best practices, and overall enhancement of educational and scientific infrastructure.

Together with our grantees, we have positively impacted the lives of more than 1700 students and young professionals. The improvement in media literacy rates, the increase in levels of a more inclusive society addressing the education of people with disabilities, and enabling youngsters from marginalized groups to have access to quality education reflect our unwavering dedication to building a knowledgeable and skilled region full of potential.

By supporting projects at the local level, WBF has not only united diverse communities but has also strengthened societal bonds within the Western Balkans. The dedication to preserving and celebrating the rich cultural diversity of the Western Balkans has not only enriched the lives of individuals involved but has also contributed to the broader goal of building a more interconnected and harmonious region.

Two out of five projects supported within the 2nd CfP promoted social cohesion and cultural exchange.

One out of every three supported projects dealt with sustainable development or utilized multisectoral approaches to address far-reaching regional challenges.

Our commitment to promoting these cross-cutting issues is evident in the allocation of resources toward efforts that adopt sustainable practices, with an average allocated amount of more than 14,000 EUR per project proposal. Our grantees have reported that, due to their previous positive experiences with project partners and target groups, there is significant potential for future cooperation in this field.

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