Western Balkans Fund


WBF is an international organization established by the governments of Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia. The WBF is financed by the six Contracting Parties in equal quotas.

The governing bodies of the Fund are the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, the Council of Senior Officials, the Executive Director and the Secretariat.  The seat of the Fund Secretariat is in Tirana.

The objectives of the fund will be pursued through financial support of activities that contributes to cross-border and inter-regional cooperation, and to the strengthening of regional cohesion, in particular in the following areas:

  • Promotion and development of cultural cooperation;
  • Promotion and development of scientific exchanges, research and cooperation in the field of education;
  • Promotion of sustainable development;
  • Crosscutting issue: promotion and development of youth, cross-border cooperation, media, European integration, and gender.

In general, projects financed by the Fund will require co-financing commitment by the grant beneficiaries and each project should require participation from at least three of the Western Balkans Parties of WBF.

The Purpose of the WBF is to enhance cooperation, to strengthen the relations between its members and to promote common values between citizens, civil society and institutions in the region, through people to people contacts.

The  Fund aims to achieve its goals by supporting common regional projects,  by bringing people together  for sharing mutual experiences, aware of values, traditions and culture of their respective countries and as well, our beautiful and common region, as a whole. 

The process of preparation and implementation of projects by regional actors, representatives of civil society, business community, local institutions, etc., will serve to increase the capacities, to prepare larger and more complex projects, in the future.

Source: WBF

  • Agency/Fund
Geographical focus
  • Western Balkans
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • Cross-thematic/Interdisciplinary

Entry created by Anna Sirocco on October 12, 2016
Modified on August 19, 2022