Governments of UK and Sweden

Help Tackle Organized Crime

The goal of the program is to help the people of BiH understand exactly what is happening in their country so they can make informed choices.

‘According to a study on corruption commissioned by Sida in 2005 organized crime and corruption are endemic in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is discouraging new business opportunities, blocking transparency and harming democratic development’ said the Swedish ambassador, Lars-Erik Wingren. ‘An informed electorate can and will make change’.

To help face this issue, the British Government and Sida are announcing grants to the Centre for Investigative Reporting (CIN) in Sarajevo to continue their groundbreaking work on investigative reporting. The funding will be used to report on issues of crime and corruption in BiH.

‘We are proud to be a part of CIN’s work. Since its founding three years ago, the centre has set a new standard for independent, in-depth investigative reporting’ said British Ambassador to BiH, Matthew Rycroft.

CIN’s Managing Director Leila Bicakčić said: ‘We thank the British Government and Sida for their important support. They understand that the way to create change on this issue starts with the people of BiH. We serve people and will do our best to uncover the true workings of organized crime and corruption in a fair, credible and independent manner.’

CIN is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to giving the people of BiH the information they need to make informed choices.

Sida is a Swedish government agency and a major contributor to BiH with programs targeting good governance, human rights and pro-poor economic growth.

The FCO aims to promote a strong world community and a peaceful and economically strong Bosnia-Herzegovina. It’s goal in BiH is to promote and build capacity for European Union integration, transparency, accountability, economic growth and border management.