MCIC Report: Trust in Civil Society 2013

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The Report presents the findings from the fifth survey “Trust in institutions and civil society in Republic of Macedonia” conducted in July 2013 on a national representative sample. The goal of the research was to examine the trust that citizens in Republic of Macedonia have in institutions and civil society. Civil society organizations (CSOs), (associations and foundations) and all other stakeholders of the society have increased public trust in comparison with the past years, and for the first time CSO`s have the trust of the majority of the citizens (54,2%), mostly students and young people under 29. The research states that compared to the past trends, now prevails the positive perception on CSOs working motives, where majority of the citizens (50.5%) believe that organizations are arising directly from citizens aiming to realize their interests. Also for the first time the public perception on CSO`s transparency was researched and the results compared to generally positive trends in trust, demonstrate dominant public opinion that CSOs are not transparent and accountable (44,2%). One third of the respondents (33.3%) have positive attitude towards this question.The research this year was conducted as part of the project “Technical Assistance for Civil Society Organisations (TACSO)” and prepared by the Macedonian Center for International Cooperation (MCIC).The publication is available for the time being only in Macedonian (soon Albanian and English versions are going to be prepared) and can be downloaded here.

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