Comparative Study on Public Funding: Putting in Perspectives Models and Realities for CSOs in Macedonia

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The Macedonian Center for International Cooperation issued the first Comparative Analysis of Systems of Public Funding of CSOs. Exploring the legal and institutional frameworks for public funding of CSOs in Croatia, Estonia, Hungary, Scotland, Serbia, and Slovenia, the analysis aimed at contributing to a better understanding of the procedures of public funding of CSOs in these countries and thereafter, offering specific recommendations for the system of public funding in Macedonia. While focused solely on a national level, the analysis includes both the legal framework for procedures of public funding of CSOs and the existing rules and standards in practice. The study finds that CSOs are funded by various public resources, the state budget being the most important in most countries, grants being the most common form of large-scale funding of CSOs, and public calls for proposals to be the most transparent and most frequently used type of selection procedures for the allocation of state funding. Based on the findings of the analysis, the study offers 15 recommendations for a new system of public funding of CSO programmes in Macedonia, divided into two groups – general and procedural recommendations. The analysis is available in English language and Macedonian language.

Source: MCIC

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