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May 5, 2022

The primary objectives of the Balkan Media Assistance Program (BMAP) are to: 1) provide outlets and media partners with more substantial and stable resources to operate as viable enterprises by introducing new management, business, and operational models; 2) strengthen the ability of content producers to engage wider audiences and expand reach across different demographic groups; and 3) foster stronger partnerships to advance solutions on common challenges in the digital space.

May 5, 2022

Since 2018, North Macedonia has been ranked among the European countries which are least resilient to malign influence from disinformation campaigns. This leads to societal divisions, lack of trust, polarization, and reduced social cohesion. At the same time, there is recognition that to become involved in and contribute to democratic processes, all citizens— especially youth— should have highly developed media literacy and critical thinking skills as a foundation for active participation in society. USAID contributes to North Macedonia’s efforts to empower youth to take an active role in the country’s development.

May 5, 2022

The program enables youth to distinguish high-quality, fact-based information from that which is biased, poorly researched, false, or malign. The program integrates critical information engagement and media literacy competencies in the country’s primary and secondary school curricula in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Science, the Bureau for Development of Education, and higher education institutions, including pre- and in-service teacher training institutions and journalism schools.

May 5, 2022

The mobilization of people and resources to address priority issues consistently emerges as a pressing need in Roma communities. Roma remain the most marginalized ethnic group in North Macedonia. Many government strategies and programs aimed at addressing various Roma issues have not produced the expected positive effects on Roma lives. Roma primarily live in segregated communities often lacking the basic infrastructure for quality life, such as paved roads, electricity, water supply, and sewage systems. USAID contributes to North Macedonia’s efforts to promote inclusivity, improve economic security and growth, engage youth in social and economic opportunities, and increase local governments’ responsiveness and accountability to citizens. A fundamental principle for success is local ownership and amplifying local capacity to achieve results.

May 5, 2022

This program is part of USAID North Macedonia’s Local Works initiative through which USAID is empowering local actors to take lead in identifying and addressing development challenges in their own communities.

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