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Launched in 2015, Westminster Foundation for Democracy’s current work in Macedonia focuses on strengthening civil society, evidence-based policy and accountability. WFD works with local civil society organisations (CSOs), journalists, MPs, parliamentary groups and committees to improve public policy and enhance transparency. Improved engagement between civil society, state agencies and decision-makers is fundamental in an effective democracy.

Launched in 2015, Westminster Foundation for Democracy’s current work in Macedonia focuses on strengthening civil society, evidence-based policy and accountability. WFD works with local civil society organisations (CSOs), journalists, MPs, parliamentary groups and committees to improve public policy and enhance transparency. Improved engagement between civil society, state agencies and decision-makers is fundamental in an effective democracy.

WFD is supporting CSOs to develop their research techniques and skills. The 12 CSOs involved in the programme work on multiple issues which effect the everyday lives of Macedonian citizens. Encouraging greater use of a thematic evidence-base to engage with parliament will help achieve legislative change in these areas. Examples of WFD-supported initiatives include issues such as: medical patients with rare diseases, social discrimination, child exploitation and hate speech. Through the work of our partner CSOs, we aim to create a better environment for Macedonians effected by these and other social and human rights issues.

Read: Citizens and the Parliament: legislative initiatives for human rights 

WFD supports parliament to be a better watchdog over government spending and the use of public resources. This is to ensure greater accountability to citizens and that resources are spent in line with public policy. Working with the Macedonian Parliament and the State Audit Office, the programme enhances cooperation between the two institutions. WFD’s work aims to ensure that limited public funds are used in the best way to benefit tax-payers and society.

Country data

Programme data

  • 2008: year of first WFD programme 

Results and Activities

  • 11 policy analyses on human rights issues prepared and published by CSOs
  • Policy recommendations from CSOs feature in mainstream media discussions
  • Policy recommendations by CSOs embraced by decision makers, and put on ministry and government agendas
  • Key stakeholders and public, constantly informed about the work and the results of the work of SAO

Implementation

Supporting Macedonia’s parliamentary reform

Completed

Planned end: March 2018

Strengthening financial accountability and transparency

Completed

Planned end: March 2018

Connecting CSOs with parliament on human rights issues

Completed

Planned end: November 2017

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Team

Damir Neziri
Damir NeziriCountry Representative
damir.neziri@wfd.org

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