When CARE started working in the Balkans more than 25 years ago, the world looked very different from today. Since the end of the wars in the former Yugoslavian countries, the region has undergone unprecedented political, economic, social and cultural changes. Communities have experienced the benefits but also the disillusions of democratization and the uncertainties of a new economic system.
Throughout history, the progress in the Balkans has been closely tied to the idea that all people have rights: universal entitlements to freedom, dignity and security, to be treated equally and to live free from oppression. The health and soul of all communities in the region depend on how these human rights are recognized – and acted upon.