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In January and February 2016, CIVICUS and MCIC conducted the first Civic Pulse survey of civil society leaders in Macedonia. Participants were asked to rate the conditions for civil society in respect to fundamental freedoms, funding trends, and civil society’s impact on policy making and volunteering. The Civic Pulse provides a snapshot of conditions for civil society in Macedonia at the present moment. The preliminary results demonstrate negative perceptions of the environment for civil society in Macedonia, with more than 80% of survey respondents stating that overall conditions are below average. These results indicate that civil society in Macedonia is most seriously concerned by the state’s unwillingness to protect its members and investigate abuses against the sector. Still, when survey participants were asked how likely they were to participate in transformative citizen action in Macedonia over the coming year, this score is higher than all of those from previous Civic Pulse pilots. More information is available here.

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