NORTH MACEDONIA 2020

Combating Disinformation ahead of Elections

Debunk.eu

$61,000

To promote access to objective news and analysis that counters disinformation and challenges illiberal narratives in online and social media. Ahead of the April 2020 elections, the Lithuania-based organization will work with a leading Macedonian election watchdog in applying a proven social media monitoring methodology and IT tools to improve the efficiency, reliability, and effectiveness of local debunking efforts. The program will help voters to identify and filter out social media bias related to elections and the country’s democratic transition.

Combating Disinformation in North Macedonia

MOST

$51,500

To promote access to objective news and analysis that counter disinformation and challenge illiberal narratives in online and social media. The Skopje-based organization will apply a proven social media monitoring methodology and IT tools to improve the efficiency, reliability, and effectiveness of its debunking efforts. The program will help citizens and educate youth to identify and filter out social media bias related to political developments and the country’s democratic transition.

Fostering Political Pluralism and Democratic Values

European Policy Institute Skopje

$110,000

To foster political pluralism and promote constructive debate on the country’s future. Through public debates on key issues of national interest, the nonpartisan think tank will foster informed discussion, independent and critical thinking, and political pluralism among citizens. Citizens, experts, and policymakers from across the political and ethnic spectrum will participate in the program.

Fostering Public Debate on Accountability

Institute for Democracy ‘Societas Civilis’ Skopje

$58,000

To foster broader public understanding of political accountability and promote better policy responses to corruption. Drawing on data-driven research, the organization will continue its forum for parliamentary committees, state officials, and experts to identify opportunities for improving government accountability, and make recommendations on how to advance anticorruption efforts. The think tank will share the nonpartisan project’s findings via an online database and publicize them through a multifaceted media outreach strategy.

Fostering Public Debate on Accountability

Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities – Skopje

$90,000

To promote constructive policy dialogue and ameliorate the country’s deep political and ethnic divisions. The think tank will establish a cross-sectoral forum bringing together civil society and youth activists, journalists, academics, and experts to identify short- and long-term solutions for reducing political polarization through greater cooperation and improved public discourse. The think tank will publicize the project’s outcomes through public events and extensive media outreach.

Fostering Youth Activism through Online Media

Youth Educational Forum

$70,000

To foster youth civic engagement. The organization will conduct meetings, trainings and other educational activities for youth. The organization will also promote civic activism through its website and newsletter, as well as on social media.

Promoting Accountability through Independent Reporting

360 Degrees

$240,000

To foster independent reporting and promote greater accountability of public officials. The media group will produce a semiweekly television program featuring political debates and interviews along with in-depth analyses, investigative stories, and video reports. A leading national television station will air the program, and the organization will promote it through its online portal. The nonpartisan program will contribute to ongoing debates around the country’s democratic transition.

Promoting Reliable Reporting in Albanian Language

Innovative Media

$61,000

To expand the impact of accurate, reliable reporting and provide objective information to minority communities. The independent, Albanian-language media platform will continue contributing to ongoing debates on key issues related to the country’s democratic transition by producing daily news, weekly analyses and investigations, guest columns, and interviews with key experts on topics related to democratic reforms, the rule of law, accountability and transparency, and anticorruption initiatives.