I am Nathan Koeshall, Program Officer for the Balkan Trust for Democracy, a project of the German Marshall Fund of teh United States. I am responsible for BTD's grantmaking in Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia. I am based in Belgrade, Serbia.
The Balkan Trust for Democracy (BTD) is a 10-year, $36-million grantmaking initiative created in 2003 that supports democracy, good governance, and Euroatlantic integration in Southeastern Europe through indigenous civil society organizations and institutions. Operating from its Belgrade, Serbia, office, BTD awards grants in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, and Serbia. BTD also gives regional grants to organizations promoting the benefits of a pan-Balkan network.
My interests in Contributor's Summit include understanding better the models that are used through the TechSoup Global Network and to see firsthand some of the best practices that have been put to use, with the eye to using BTD's funds to leverage against others to furtehr the spread of the TSG model in the Balkans.