Risto Karajkov has over 20 years of experience of working with civil society and international donor agencies in the Balkans. He holds a PhD in international development from the University of Bologna and a masters in local development from the University of Trento. He has had fellowships, among other, with the Center for Civil Society Studies at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and the UNU-WIDER in Helsinki. He often consults for donor agencies, think tanks, and international projects in the region. He teaches regularly on project management, NGO management, and EU funding. He has written extensively on NGOs, civil society, EU funds, and international development.