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July 30, 2022

BACKGROUND

New Country Representative, Jeri Dible swearing-in ceremony in Skopje
July 28, 2022

This will be Ms. Dible’s first posting as Country Representative. She most recently served on USAID’s COVID-19 Task Force and with USAID’s Afghanistan Mission. She started her USAID career as a Health Officer and has led teams in Mozambique, Georgia, and Ukraine, as well as in Washington, D.C. Ms. Dible has a Master’s Degree in Military Operational Art and Science from the U.S. Army’s School of Advanced Military Studies and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Washington.

Connect for Growth
July 25, 2022
July 25, 2022

Connect for Growth (C4G) is a five-year United States Agency for International Development (USAID) project that strengthens the energy security and resilience of Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Ukraine, and other priority countries in the region. 

May 5, 2022

Despite progress in some areas of media development, the media sector in the Western Balkans remains fragile and under threat. Weak economies and long periods of the political capture of media and advertising markets have left independent media, particularly online outlets, unable to compete with the entertaining, yet biased, pro-government news outlets. Media are also challenged to collect and analyze demographic and audience interest data, which hinders effective business strategies that create monetized products and services to expand audience reach. Public trust in media continues to be low and audiences are increasingly unable to get information on issues that affect their daily lives. Further, as journalists often lack access to technology and have limited skills to use it, they struggle to produce multimedia material, such as infographics or videos, through which they can provide balanced information that the average media consumer can use. To address these issues, USAID contributes to North Macedonia’s efforts to increase the accountability of government institutions and of citizens, as well as their ability to counter corruption, by strengthening independent media.

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Last updated: July 30, 2022

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