5 Successful Stories of CSO Networks’ Improved Accountability Contributing to Civil Society Development in North Macedonia

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On 30 March 2021, BCSDN held an online event to present the project results of 5 Macedonian CSO networks, which under the program “Sustainable Civil Society – State Financing of CSOs” enhanced their capacities, transparency, and accountability. The EU- funded program is implemented by the Macedonian Center for International Cooperation (MCIC) in partnership with BCSDN and the Center for information, support, and development of NGOs (CNVOS) from Slovenia. The total amount of funds available for this call was 22,000 EUR.

The Executive Directors of MCIC and BCSDN opened the meeting, introducing MCIC’s and BCSDN’s engagement towards open, accountable, and transparent organizations. Mr. Aleksandar Krzalovski from MCIC provided a brief overview of the programs’s objectives and results, the state of CSOs in the country, and the need for CSOs’ accountable and transparent operations. By sharing some positive examples of BCSDN efforts to be more accountable, effective, and transparent to its members and constituencies, Ms. Biljana Spasovska from BCSDN, pointed to the need for permanent investment in networks’ accountable practices. She also reflected that BCSDN membership and engagement in global platforms, such as The Global Standard for CSO AccountabilityCSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE), and AGNA (CIVICUS) contributed to BCSDN accountable work.

In the second part of the event, the Macedonian networks for CSOs presented the achieved projects’ results under the Public Call for grants for CSOs networks in North Macedonia. Jovana Jovanovska Kanurkova, Program Coordinator, at National Network for Fight Against Homophobia and Transphobia (NMHT) / Helsinki Committee for Human Rights presented the project Strengthened Networking for Strengthened LGBTI Movement; Liljana Jonoski, Executive Director of Rural Coalition, discussed the project Through Regulated Transparency and Accountability to a Participatory and Sustainable Rural Coalition; Muhamed Ajvaz, Project Coordinator at Institute for Policy Research and Analysis – Romalitico, and Civil Movement AVAJA, pointed to the results of the project Transparent and Ethical Civic Movement “Avaja”; Filip Stojanovski, Project Coordinator, Center for Climate Change, and the Network of Вклучи се, за здрава животна средина! , presented the project Capacity building of the informal network “Вклучи се!”, and Zoran Ilieski, Executive Director of Coalition of Youth Organizations SEGA- provided an insight to the project results of Strengthening the Transparency and Accountability of the Coalition of Youth Organizations SEGA.

During the open discussion, the participants reflected on how the Covid-19 pandemic affected their work and project results. They have committed to remaining accountable to the people they work with in the long run.

The event concluded that with the grant’s support, the Macedonian networks created or revised their strategic documents and internal management systems; established or upgraded the existing organizational structures; improved the participatory and democratic decision-making; developed a strategic approach for operations, etc.

Watch the full event here.

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