The Open Society Foundations, founded by George Soros, are the world’s largest private funder of independent groups working for justice, democratic governance, and human rights. The Open Society Foundations champions the search for bold, democratic solutions to our urgent, common challenges that advance justice, equity, and human dignity.

Our approach seeks to counter the narrow pursuit of political self-interest and short-term opportunism—in pursuit of a sustainable future for people and planet that leaves no one behind. We are present in the Western Balkans region since the early 90s’ and have invested around 1 billion dollars in humanitarian assistance, building democratic resilience, human rights empowerment, and civic engagement. The Open Society Foundations – Western Balkans are now focusing on regional economic cooperation and EU integration, just climate transition, and digital transformation.


The Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) is an independent, non-governmental, nonprofit think tank, established in Athens, Greece, in 1988. Its mission is to conduct policy-oriented research and provide policy makers, academia and the public at large with authoritative information, analysis, and policy recommendations, for the development of evidence-based responses to major European and foreign policy challenges.

ELIAMEP promotes pluralist democratic values; a rational level-headed public debate on the major regional, European and global challenges; the resolution of disputes through dialogue; Greece’s European and Euro-Atlantic commitment. Research and policy analysis on Balkan affairs has a long tradition in ELIAMEP going back to its early days in 1988. The South-East Europe Programme of ELIAMEP was set up in 2011 and follows that legacy of high–quality scholarly and policy work. Programme is associated with the academic journal - Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, published by ELIAMEP in partnership with Taylor & Francis.

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Cooperation and Development Institute (CDI) is a think tank based in Tirana – Albania. Established in 2000, CDI is a politically independent, not for profit and non-governmental organization. Our mission is to improve the quality of public policy with open and fact-based research, analysis, inclusive debate, and targeted outreach and advocacy.

Through applied research, round-tables, forums, publications and other public events, CDI promotes a unique discussion fora for professionals and citizen interested and working in improving the quality of evidence-based policy making in Albania and in the WB6 region. Our work is organized under three programmes areas, addressing the key challenges facing Albania and the Western Balkans region: Good Governance; EU and Connectivity; Youth and Society.

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