Macedonia

Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in the Republic of Macedonia
$38,650*
To inform and educate Macedonia’s citizens and the international community about the human rights situation in the country. The Committee will upgrade and expand its website and update its contents daily to include domestic and international information in three languages: Macedonian, Albanian, and English. The website will also include materials from and contribute materials to the Committee’s new monthly newspaper and television series.

International Republican Institute
$100,000
To foster public policy debate in Macedonia. IRI will continue to support the Ohrid Institute, a think tank established with NED support in 2006. IRI will work to strengthen the organizational capacity of the Institute and assist it in identifying key policy issues facing Macedonia, developing public policy papers, and advocating for them through public debates, newsletters, journals, research papers, lectures, press conferences, and press releases.

MOST Citizens’ Association
$40,000
To promote the transparency and accountability of the legislative process in Macedonia and encourage citizen participation in the legislative process. MOST will monitor the performance of individual members of parliament and publish a biannual performance scorecard. MOST will also conduct opinion polls to compare the quantitative and qualitative data in the scorecards with public perceptions on the performance of parliament and individual MPs.

Radio Cerenja
$14,830*
To raise awareness of international human rights standards in Macedonia, particularly in Roma communities. Radio Cerenja will produce and broadcast live civic education programs exploring various aspects of human rights through interviews and discussions with human rights activists, police officers, and local government representatives. The station will also organize three roundtable discussions focusing on the human rights situation in Roma communities.

SEGA Coalition of Youth Groups
$23,791*
To promote youth activism in eastern Macedonia. SEGA will identify 12 promising youth groups and initiatives in six cities and towns in the eastern part of the country, assess their needs, train 25 of their leaders, and assist them in registering and carrying out six local advocacy campaigns on youth-related issues.