North Macedonia Program Updates

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Last updated: February 15, 2022

January 29, 2018

Press freedom is under threat in the Balkans. Political-economic interests have captured much of the mainstream media sector through opaque ownership structures, direct state support, and consolidated advertising markets, substantially limiting competition in the media marketplace and the public’s access to objective, balanced reporting.

Civic Engagement Project Fact Sheet
November 30, 2017
The Civic Engagement Project facilitates dialogue between citizens and the Government of North Macedonia on important social issues. This program strengthens constructive engagement by CSOs on policies and issues that target anti-corruption, transparency, and rule of law, and it increases and sustains youth engagement in public life.
April 20, 2017

Over the past several years Macedonia has introduced a number of economic reforms that have improved the country’s standing in global economic rankings. However, these reforms have not improved key economic indicators such as growth, jobs, and income, due to the frequency of the changes and the lack of consultative processes. Prior to the Eurozone financial crisis, GDP growth in Macedonia was half of its Balkan neighbors. In 2016, weak economic policy and political crisis contributed to a GDP growth rate of 2.4 percent, weak domestic consumption remains weak as incomes stagnate. While the unemployment rate fell to 23.1 percent, most new jobs are created with government subsidies. Entrepreneurship and workforce skills are not keeping pace with the evolving market which further inhibits growth. Although Macedonia is attracting foreign investments to its Technological and Industrial Development Zones, the overall investment level outside these zones remains low and private sector lending is not meeting demand.

April 20, 2017

The Republic of Macedonia separated peacefully from Yugoslavia in 1991. However, it is yet to complete political and economic reforms required for European integration. The 2016 European Commission’s Progress Report on Macedonia outlined a number of issues that the country must address, including weak checks and balances; rule of law and protection of human rights; as well as media independence and freedom of expression.

March 3, 2017

Strengthen literacy and numeracy skills of early grade students.

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