With the fall of communism in the late 1980s, the former Federal Republic of Yugoslavia unraveled along ethnic lines to form five independent republics. This led to a decade of war characterized by territorial conflict, power struggles and ethnic cleansing. Large populations of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) can be found in the midst of a region seeking to rebuild its economy. IRD has been working in Montenegro since 1999, and program areas include:

  • Democracy, Grassroots, and Coalition Building — Mobilizing communities to identify, prioritize and contribute to rebuilding and restoring their villages and towns; creating and empowering representative Municipal Advisory Councils and Action Committees to support and promote citizen participation, ensure proper distribution of humanitarian aid and identify future development activities thus helping to solve critical issues.
  • Economic Revitalization —- Providing community grants and technical assistance for infrastructure repair and environmental protection, community health and social service, business enterprises and agricultural development projects.
  • NGO Capacity Building — Providing grants and training to develop local NGO capacity in supporting democracy and implementing community development programs.
  • Repatriation and Reintegration —- Providing direct assistance to IDPs and Refugees through information dissemination, capital inputs, and income generation opportunities.
  • Emergency Survival Aid — Distributing food parcels, clothing, hygiene kits, blankets, medical supplies, school kits, tools and seeds to refugees, IDPs and local vulnerable populations.
  • Health Care — Rebuilding medical facilities and distributing medical supplies.


Community Revitalization through Democratic Action

CRDA began as a community mobilization initiative and evolved to emphasize economic... more

Success Stories

Building a Farming Community

Malesija, located about 10km from the capital of Podgorica, is one of the largest a... more

IRD Commemorates World Water Day by Completion of Water Projects in Montenegro

As part of the celebration of World Water Day, IRD announced the completion of ten... more

Paper, Plastic or Glass

The economy of Herceg Novi, a picturesque coastal town on the border of Montenegro... more

IRD Revitalizes Montenegro’s Olive Oil Industry

Montenegro, with its 450,000 olive trees, used to be the main supplier of olive oil... more