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January 30, 2015

Distinguished guests, I’m honored to be here today to speak about the fight against corruption, an issue that is increasingly vital in Central and Eastern Europe. Looking around the room, I see that we are a diverse group – civil society, government officials, journalists, judges, diplomats – and everyone cares deeply about combatting corruption. We also share profound concern about the people and the future of Macedonia, and are committed to working together in the fight against corruption.

In our interconnected world, the harmful impacts of corruption are global – it is a massive tax on the private sector, which in turn hinders poverty reduction and limits global growth. The World Bank estimates that people around the world pay more than $1 trillion in bribes every year. That’s right, a one with 12 zeroes behind it; a number which is difficult to comprehend. The European Commission recently found that corruption costs the European Union as a whole 120 billion euros every single year. That’s more than 10 times Macedonia’s GDP.

May 19, 2013

Skopje - Today in Bogdanci, the Climate Change Caravan organized by the USAID Adaptation to Climate Change in Agriculture (ACCA) project made its fourth of six stops in rural areas of the country. So far the Caravan organized three successful events in the villages of Novo Selo, Negorci and Bogdanci, reaching rural communities and educateing small farmers and other citizens about the anticipated effects of climate change, sharing strategies for adapting to these effects, and emphasizing the importance of proactive responses to them at the grassroots level. 

Motto of the Caravan written on a magnet, part of the promotional materials
May 15, 2013

Skopje - Today in Negorci village, the Climate Change Caravan organized by the USAID Adaptation to Climate Change in Agriculture (ACCA) project made its second of six stops in rural areas of the country. The Caravan was designed to reach rural communities and educate small farmers and other citizens about the anticipated effects of climate change, share strategies for adapting to these effects, and emphasize the importance of proactive responses to them at the grassroots level. 

May 15, 2013

 

Map of demonstration plots in Pelagonia region
May 13, 2013

Skopje - Today, the USAID Small Business Expansion Project launched the Grow More Corn initiative in Pelagonija, a first step towards modernizing corn production in that region. The initiative aims to increase the supply of locally grown feed corn by introducing farming practices that, together with drip irrigation systems, will increase up to four times the yield of corn per hectare. In the Pelagonija region, USAID is partnering with most of the region’s municipalities to carry out this initiative.

May 9, 2013

Skopje - Today, the Climate Change Caravan, organized by the USAID Adaptation to Climate Change in Agriculture(ACCA) project, started on its journey across Macedonia.  The Caravan will make six stops in rural areas of the country, with Novo Selo village in Strumica as its first.  The Caravan was designed to reach rural communities and educate small farmers and other citizens about the anticipated effects of climate change, share strategies for adapting to these effects, and emphasize the importance of proactive responses to them at the grassroots level. 

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