On 16th and 17th June, the National Council of Women of the Republic of Macedonia (UWOM) in cooperation with CONCORD held a national consultation in Skopje, Macedonia on “The Effectiveness of CSOs”. The consultation is part of the global process on aid and development effectiveness. Franz Josef Berger, representative of CONCORD in charge of consultations held in Europe, spoke of the global process and the effectiveness debate so far. Tanja Hafner Ademi, the BCSDN Executive Director spoke about the development effectiveness in the Balkans. Saso Klekovski, the First Executive Director of MCIC spoke about the role of CSOs in the development of society.
In the second part of the day, several successful examples of local CSOs were presented and in the afternoon participants, in groups, worked on developing common principles and models for action aimed at ensuring sustainability of CSOs and their programmes. On the second day, discussion focused on favourable conditions for easier access to domestic and international resources and funds. Participants had the opportunity to hear about good practices of joint actions of CSOs through the example of the Union of Macedonia without discrimination (MBD).