About us

The Paper Trail Investigations is a project by Balkan Investigative Reporting Network - BIRN Kosovo and BIRN HUB – to promote the rule of law, accountability and transparency in the Balkans and Moldova.

The project is supported by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the operational unit of Austrian Development Cooperation.

The two-and-a-half year programme focusses on five key themes which are critical for good governance in the region – energy, road building, the financial sector, the influx of money from the Middle East and the arms industry. More than 25 journalists have been trained in investigative skills and given special, in-depth knowledge of the particular field they are researching.

Through the extensive use of public documents, the investigations are exposing wrongdoing in government, public and private companies and among powerful individuals.

The project also addresses the transparency of public institutions in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Moldova.

As part of our drive for openness we have also established a free, user-friendly, searchable online library of public documents and scraped databases, BIRN Source.

Working with some of the biggest names in international journalism, BIRN has produced dozens of hard-hitting investigations which are reshaping the public perceptions of their governments, business elites and journalism.