In June 2012 the Government of the Republic of Macedonia adopted a new strategy for Cooperation with civil soceity for the period 2012 – 2017, with the financial support of the European Union. The adoption of the new strategy prompted the need for continuous and regular monitoring of the Strategy implementation. MCIC has prepared a public policy document that covers the implementation period from June 2012 to December 2014.
Led by its long-term goal to contribute to an entrenched and dynamic civil society that actively influences public policy, focusing on creating an enabling environment that supports the growth and functioning of CSOs, MCIC published the first report on the implementation of the Strategy for Cooperation between the Government and the civil society in 2009, and monitored the implementation in 2011 as well. Almost half (48%) of the measures envisaged in the strategy do not show any progress. Excellent progress has been noted at 10% of all measures, while significant progress has been achieved in 13% of the measures. 13% of the measures have partial progress, and in 12% there is little progress. Only two measures are fully implemented. The Department for Cooperation with NGOs and the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy have the lead in implementing measures, according to the number of activities within the action plan.
In order to achieve efficiency in the implementation of the Strategy, which so far has seen varying degrees of implementation per measure, and especially low levels of realization of the key measures for development and sustainability of civil society, the key institutions involved in the Strategy implementation need to take into account the recommendations of the previous reports and to make additional efforts to implement them. At the same time, CSOs with their initiatives and activities could support the implementation of measures and encourage cooperation with the government institutions for the activities set out in the Action Plan of the Strategy.
This publication has been produced in the scope of the project “Balkan Civil Society Acquis – Strengtheningthe Advocacy and Monitoring Potential and Capacities of CSOs”, led by BCSDN and financially supported by the European Union.