In an Inclusive and Transparent Process, 40 Civil Society Organizations Receive Financial Support for Projects Related to COVID-19

Skopje, 17 June 2020

In an inclusive and transparent process, the Government of North Macedonia, by decision to allocate funds, secured financial assistance to associations and foundations for implementation of measures for handling the COVID-19 epidemic. In this process, a total of 29.519.495 MKD have been awarded for implementation of 40 projects managed by associations and foundations.

The Commission for Allocation of Funds is comprised of five members from the Government, those being Damjan Manchevski (president) – minister of information society and administration, Gjonul Bajraktar – deputy minister of labor and social policy, Bujar Osmani – deputy president of the Government in charge of European affairs, Arber Ademi – minister of education and science, and Dragi Rashkovski – Secretary General of the Government.

In addition, with a view to increase transparency and improve quality of the allocation process, two additional members have been appointed in the Commission. Those are members of the Council of Cooperation and Development of the Civic Sector, Uranija Pirovska and Jane Chalovski.

In this manner, for the first time, members of the civic sector had an equitable role and equal position in making decisions in the Commission concerning selection of projects that were financially supported.

These members were selected based on proposal from the Council of Cooperation and Development of the Civic Sector.

The Commission also established an Operating Body comprise of representatives of institutions whose managers are part of the Commission, tasked to evaluate applications. Taking into account the large volume of applications – a total of 549, on the one hand, and tight deadlines on the other hand, each of the institutions engaged persons to assist in evaluation. With this, the evaluation involved approximately 20 persons.

Each evaluator provided independent evaluation for each received application, followed by summarization of scores. This method was used to prepare the project rank list.

While aware of the tight deadlines, the Commission for Allocation of Funds still decided to announce the call, bearing in mind the need to assist the civic sector and to support projects that contribute to handling the COVID-19 crisis.

The project areas were carefully selected, with a view to help the most affected and vulnerable categories of citizens. The selected project indicate that supported activities include providing assistance to persons with special needs, women from rural areas, persons from socially vulnerable categories, victims of domestic violence. Among the supported projects, there are also those that help healthcare workers, and that offer digital learning platforms and raising public awareness about ways to handle COVID-19. 

The other standing option was not to secure any assistance, which would imply non-implementation of these projects.

This practice of assisting the work of civil society organizations will continue after the pandemic, in areas significant for all categories of citizens.

The list of approved projects is available on the link below:

https://www.nvosorabotka.gov.mk/sites/default/files/Odluka%20COVID%2019_6.pdf

 

Ministry of Information Society and Administration