CARE has been working in the Balkans since 1993.
CARE works in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Macedonia and Albania. Our ambition is to ensure that the social, economic, and political rights of vulnerable and marginalized groups are recognized and fulfilled, contributing to sustainable peace in the region. To that end, CARE offers conflict prevention and peace-building programs, supports people’s livelihoods and access to rights, and works toward gender equality and the prevention of gender-based violence. Marginalized communities, such as Roma and women and girls, are at the heart of our mission.
CARE started working in Albania in 2013 to support local partner organisations promoting gender equality. Albania is one of four countries in the western Balkans where we are implementing our Young Men Initiative project. The project works with young men to build their knowledge about gender issues and support them to become champions for challenging the attitudes that lead to gender-based violence and gender inequality.
We also provide emergency assistance: for refugees and migrants stranded in the Balkans, for communities suffering from natural disasters and whenever aid is needed.