The project overall objective is empowered civil society that actively takes part in decision making and contributes to strengthened participatory democracy in the country, whereas the specific objective is to provide services for building the capacities of CSOs to be effective and accountable independent actors and to contribute to the environment that is conducive to civil society.
The primary target group of the project is civil society organizations, however, the project will also target relevant state institutions and other civil society actors.
The main project activities are related to capacity building of CSOs and timely informing and providing support to CSOs. In addition, the project works on improving the enabling environment for civil society development. Small organisational development grants are also foreseen for local underdeveloped organisations in partnership with more developed ones as well as small action grants for supporting local initiatives for advocacy and lobbying.
Three resource centers are opened in Skopje, Shtip and Gostivar. Furthermore, each month mobile resource center is present in different cities outside of Skopje in order for local organizations to be better informed, better networked but also to have an opportunity to inform about their challenges that they are facing.
Information about the project implementers
The Civil Society Resource Centre is EU-funded project implemented by Macedonian Centre for International Cooperation (MCIC) in partnership with Associations for Democratic Initiatives (ADI) from Gostivar and Media plus from Shtip.
Macedonian Centre for International Cooperation
More information at: www.mcms.mk
Macedonian Centre for International Cooperation as the lead implementer of the project manages the project and in particular the Resource Centre in Skopje with the following employees:
- Emina Nuredinoska – project coordinator
- Valentina Atanasovska – RC coordinator
- Jasmina Chaushoska – project officer
- Florian Mehmeti – junior project officer
- Boris Ristovski – web-site and social media officer
- Aleksandra Siljanovska –project visibility officer
- Milka Bozinovska-Miova – financial officer
Association for Democratic Initiatives
Association for Democratic Initiatives is a non-governmental organisation founded in 1994 in Gostivar as an initiative of activists from the city. As a CSO, it aims to integrate human rights in the political, economic and social spheres of society. Since its beginning, ADI advocates the concept of equality, non-discrimination and the promotion of interethnic and multicultural tolerance and co-operation. As an active CSO, ADI has implemented several projects and programs for the development of democracy in the country and the rule of law, social inclusion and civil society development. ADI is an active member of several domestic and international CSOs’ networks.
More information at www.adimacedonia.org
Association for Democratic Initiatives manages the Resource Centre in Gostivar with the following employees:
- Lulzim Haziri – project coordinator
- Monika Veljanoska – grant manager
Media Plus – Shtip
Citizens’ Association MEDIA Plus – Shtip founded in 2006, explores, analyses and initiates actions and processes that influence and contributes to the development of democracy and the media community. Our vision is a society of informed and educated citizens, and, strong and independent media, in a democratic society that fosters freedom of speech and open dialogue.
The Association’s priorities are media literacy, strengthening democracy and civil society, media freedom, promoting the use of communication channels and production.
MEDIA Plus – Shtip, from its beginning works on strengthening the democratic society by supporting media and CSOs, as well as encouraging the participation of citizens in freedom of speech and freedom of expression.
It organises media campaigns for raising awareness, debates and forums, thus providing space for dialogue between citizens and decision-makers, involving 16 municipalities that have detected, analysed and produced about 30 investigative stories.
More information at: www.mediaplus.org.mk
Media Plus Shtip manages the Resource Centre in Shtip with the following employees:
- Slobodanka Blazevska – project coordinator
- Dragana Mitrovik – project officer