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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.

April 1, 2012

 

Start date:  April 1, 2012                              
End date:  April 1, 2012
Project budget:  $850,000    
Implementer: National Democratic Institute (NDI)

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March 29, 2012

Skopje - The new USAID Interethnic Integration in Education Project is a 4-year initiative in support of ethnic integration in Macedonia.  Between March 28 and April 6, project staff are gathering representatives of institutions that will work on integration at the local level to build their awareness of the project’s goals and explain how the activities will be implemented.  Participants include representatives of local primary and secondary schools, advisors from the regional offices of the Bureau for Development of Education, inspectors from the local offices of the Stat

March 22, 2012

Skopje - Today, the USAID Business without Borders project shared its first-year successes in helping to create jobs, start new businesses and improve the competitiveness of existing enterprises in the Pelagonia region.  The project, implemented by the Foundation Business Start-up Center - Bitola (BSC - Bitola), is a three-year effort to accelerate economic growth in southern Macedonia by assisting micro and small enterprises. 

March 22, 2012

Skopje - Today at the American Corner in Tetovo, USAID opened a traveling photo exhibition, entitled USAID – Changing Lives, in celebration of USAID’s 50th anniversary globally and its 18th year as Macedonia’s partner in development.  To mark the occasion, 18 photographs were selected for exhibition through a contest on the USAID Macedonia Facebook page during December, 2011.

March 13, 2012

Skopje - The Interethnic Integration in Education Project is a 4 year, $5.2 milion initiative that is co-financed by USAID and the U.S. European Command, which will work with all relevant educational stakeholders in support of the Government of Macedonia’s efforts for ethnic integration.  The Project will build awareness and provide diversity training, technical assistance, and incentives to school boards, principals, teachers, and administration officials.

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