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PROJECT TITLESHORT DESCRIPTIONPERIODDONORBUDGETPUBLICATION
New challenges in the overcoming of “democratic backsliding” in North Macedonia:“State capture” and “illiberal democracy” revisited in an emerging context Analyze, advocate and raise awareness with the policy/decision makers in the country as well as through civil society network, against a possible democratic backsliding due to the COVID-19 pandemic with the parliament put in the backseat and the values of basic human rights sidelined in public discourse, not only by the politicians but also the civil society 2020-2022 National Endowment for Democracy 90.000 USD 1. Web campaign “Your story” (available only in Macedonian: „Твојата приказна.“] , available at: https://www.depolarizirajse.org/tvojataprikazna.html ||| 2. Policy analysis “De-capturing the Administrative Mind: Polarization of the Relations between the Citizens and the State” [available only in Macedonian] at: https://tinyurl.com/1onjr5lq ||| 3. Closed online expert workshop “On the path towards the EU: Effective and transparent administration in service for citizens” (December 11, 2020) ||| 4. Online panel “Authoritarian Bending of Euro-Technocracy Illiberalism’s Devil in The Details in Southeast Europe: The Case of North Macedonia” (February 2, 2021) |||
On the path towards the EU: Effective and transparent administration in service of the citizens Analysis of the public policies and examine the underlying principles in law making and implementation in terms of their adherence to the European Charter of Fundamental Rights October/ December 2020 Friedrich Newman Foundation 2.435 EUR Policy study “On the path towards the EU: Effective and transparent administration in service for citizens” (in print)
Context Watch 2020 Comprehensive analysis of the country’s democratic, societal and economic progress against the background of the country’s EU integration process. 2020 Embassy of Switzerland in North Macedonia/ Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation 1.152.000 MKD Policy analysis:available in print, only on demand
Identities Journal “Lockdown Theory” International peer reviewed journal for Politics, Gender and Culture 2020 Ministry of Culture 60.000 MKD http://identitiesjournal.edu.mk/index.php/IJPGC/issue/view/24
Demographic Research in North Macedonia Demographic analysis of the voters’ needs and education with a special focus on socially marginalized groups 2020-2022 International Foundation for Electoral Systems 3, 329,400 MKD Ongoing
Gender struggle: New forms of feminism and materialism Presenting the current feminist and gender issues related discussions through the lens of contemporary Marxist, Marxist-feminist, new materialist and speculative discussions. 2019-2020 RLS Southeast Europe 15.000 EUR 1. School of Politics and Critique 2020 “Xenofeminsm and other forms of realist and materialist feminism: A vantage point of a radically novel politics” http://www.isshs.edu.mk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Brochure-of-the-full-program-School-for-Politics-and-Critique-2020-1.pdf ||| 2. Journal Identities “Proceedings from the School of Politics and Critique 2020: Xenofeminsm and other forms of realist and materialist feminism: A vantage point of a radically novel politics”, available at: https://identitiesjournal.edu.mk/index.php/IJPGC/issue/view/25/4
Toward depolarization of public discourse in North Macedonia: Dialogue between the opposing political poles is the pre-requisite of surpassing the populist model of governance Expanding the conversation on the topic of depolarization and contribute on a sustainable basis to establish and maintain a productive dialogue among political opponents October 1, 2019 - September 30, 2020 National Endowment for Democracy 45.000 USD 1. Policy brochure “The basic steps of polarization and populism” (available only in Macedonian and Albanian) ||| 2. Аwareness raising campaign “De-polarize” ||| 3. Policy brief “The State of Democracy in North Macedonia in the times of the Covid-19 Pandemic” ||| 4. Policy analysis “Measuring ‘authoritarianism from below’ in Macedonian society in the context of the Covid-19 crisis ||| 5. Position paper on depolarization of inter-party relations as a precondition of substantively dismantling populist “state capture” governance
The Independent Context Watch 2019 Assessing the general developments and issues in the areas of: Democratic Governance and Decentralization, Democratic Law Making and Civil Society April 1, 2019 - September 30, 2019 Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation 1.732.150MKD Policy analysis:available in print, only on demand
Left-Wing Solutions for Ongoing Municipal and Urban Problems Regional platform for leftist activist networking July 1, 2019 - December 31, 2019 Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Southeast Europe 11.000 EUR 1. Journal “Identities” ||| 2. School for Politics and Critique 2019 “Municipalist organization and leftist environmental solutions”
Social Normalization: Strengthening Political Dialogue and Depolarizing Public Discourse Depolarization of public discourse, party alliances, public policy advocacy June 1, 2019 - May, 2021 Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation Program: Civica Mobilitas 1.794.180 MKD 1. Policy analysis (available only in Macedonian) “The polarizing discourse and the impact on the political and social polarization in the Macedonian society” ||| 2. Policy analysis “Model for depolarization Political dialogue and civic participation in overcoming social polarization” [available only in Macedonian: „Модел за деполаризација Политичкиот дијалог и граѓанското учество во надминување на општествената поларизација“ ], available at: https://tinyurl.com/6lmc4lwd
Preparation of investigative story research study within the package: Increased political participation for marginalized groups, Macedonia: Western Balkans CSSF Research study on women’s political participation of investigative story February 2019 - May 2019 Commissioned study by Westminster Foundation for Democracy 3.000 GBP Policy study “Women’s political participation in North Macedonia
Exploring the role of Religion in WB Societies – RiS Initiate debate on exploring the role of religion, which will rely on analytical and evidence-based contributions generated through a call for papers and contextual research. September 2018 - March 2019 Institute for Democracy and Mediation, Tirana, Albania 7.640 EUR Publication “Occasional Papers on Religion in Eastern Europe
Skopje 2014 – Info Center Developing several aspects of the “Skopje 2014” project by collecting quantitative and qualitative data, which will be used for the needs of the Museum of City of Skopje within the frameworks of the project “Skopje 2014 – Info Center.” October 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018 Museum of City of Skopje 1.931.500 MKD Policy study and special website, owned by the Museum of the City of Skopje
Cooperation Between Political Parties and CSO’s: Reducing the Asymmetric Power of the Executive Branch Engage the political parties in a wide debate on models of culture of parliamentary dialogue and debate seeking to overcome political polarization in the country October 1, 2018 - September 30, 2019 National Endowment for Democracy 45.000 USD 1. Policy study “Polarization as Means of Populist Governance and How to Overcome it” ||| 2. Policy brief “Transitional Justice as Method of Healing a Polarized Society
Innovation in Education: Intersecting Sciences and Humanities The project promotes the concept of interdisciplinarity in the curricula of higher education institutions in Southeast Europe October 1, 2018 - September 30, 2020 National Agency for European Educational Programs and Mobility, KA 203 152.647 EUR
The Independent Context Watch 2018 Assessing the general developments and issues in the areas of: Democratic Governance and Decentralization, Democratic Law Making and Civil Society June 1, 2018 - September 30, 2018 Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation 1.621.400MKD Policy analysis:available in print, only on demand
“Identities” Journal for Gender, Politics and Culture May 18, 2018 - August 10, 2018 Ministry for Culture, Annual Call for financing projects of national interest in culture 180.000 MKD Journal “Identities
Tackling the Tide of Illiberal Democracy in Europe: Policy Research and Communications Plan of Collaborative Actions Research on the growing phenomenon of illiberal democracy, the crisis of liberal values and the rise of authoritarianism and populism. Scope visits and fellowships to European institutes and Universities. Collaborative actions with international experts on conferences, debates and joint publication. March 15, 2018 - March 14, 2020 OSIFE $206.972
Erasmus + Mobility of students and professors in partner countries February 1 2018 - May 30, 2020 National Agency for European Educational Programs and Mobility, KA 103 17.450 EUR
Mapping the social care services Mapping the social care services provided by public institutions, private providers and NGOs. November 13, 2017 - December 24, 2017 United Nations Development Program (UNDP) 338.500 MKD
A Study on Gender and Media Representation in Macedonia for 2017 Analysis of existence and treatment of gender issues in informative programs and news and analysis regarding the presentation of males and females in program contents. October 30, 2017 - December 15, 2017 Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services 300.000 MKD Study on “Gender Representation in Media 2017
Policy discussions on reform priorities to enable ‘’de-capturing’’ of state institutions Policy discussions with MPS on reform priorities July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018 National Endowment for Democracy 45.000 USD 1. Policy brief “The Parliament of Republic of Macedonia and the Reforms in the Security Sector: A Voting Machinery or a Genuine Forum of Deliberation?” ||| 2. Policy Memo “Major Civil Concerns Related to the Reform of Macedonia’s System of Interception of Communications” ||| 3. Position paper “A House Ready to Crumble? Putting Back the Building Blocks of Macedonia’s Parliamentary Democracy” ||| 4. Position paper “Deliberation: The path of dismantling the #StateCapture in Macedonia
Erasmus + Mobility of students and professors in partner countries June 1, 2017 - September 30, 2018 National Agency for European Educational Programs and Mobility, KA 103 31.200 EUR
The Independent Context Watch 2017 Assessing the general developments and issues in the areas of: Democratic Governance and Decentralization, Democratic Law Making and Civil Society. May 8, 2017 – October 30, 2017 Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation 1.960.000 MKD Policy analysis:available in print, only on demand
Erasmus + Mobility of professors in partner countries February 1, 2017 - May 31, 2018 National Agency for European Educational Programs and Mobility, KA 107 1.650 EUR
Initiative for editorial freedom: New policies and data driven advocacy New policies and data driven advocacy on editorial freedom. February 1, 2017 - February 1, 2019 IPA Civil Society Facility and Media Programme 2015 261.240 ЕUR 1. RIA document ||| 2. Policy essay “Discursive Forensics of the Macedonian Law on Audio and Audiovisual Services” ||| 3. Research (available only in Macedonian) „Споредбен преглед на Европското законодавство во поглед на медиумските аудиовизуелни услуги“ ||| 4. “Policy document concerning the public policy on the effects of the existing regulation on editorial/media freedom
Opening of a new potential for the left in Macedonia Wider and deeper impact in the national but also regional political and theoretical strengthening of left-leaning groups and organizations January 1, 2017 – December 31,2017 Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Southeast Europe 35.000 EUR 1. School for Politics and Critique 2017 ||| 2. Journal IDENTITIES ||| 3. “Whose Revolution?
Proof reading Proof reading of manuals and guidelines related to gender-based violence November 1, 2016 - December 10, 2016 Commissioned study (by UNFPA) 6.600 USD
The Independent Context Watch 2016 Improving incorporation of the transversal topic of social inclusion October 10, 2016 - November 4, 2016 Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation 144.000 MKD Policy analysis:available in print, only on demand
The Independent Context Watch 2016 Assessing the general developments and issues in the areas of: Democratic Governance and Decentralization, Democratic Law Making and Civil Society. June 1, 2016 - October 10, 2016 Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation 2.184.800 MKD Policy analysis:available in print, only on demand
Unmasking the state capture in Macedonia: “Illiberal democracy is legal” Widespread data-driven campaign of visualizations, presentations, factoids and personal stories on the practice of state capture. May 1, 2016 - April 30, 2017 National Endowment for Democracy 45.000 USD Specially designed web page: www.zarobenadrzava.net
Shifts in class and national identities in Macedonia since 1980 Exploring shifts and transformations in Macedonian society since 1980 in terms of social class, labor, gender and national identity. January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2018 Ministry on Education and Science of Republic of Macedonia (bilateral collaboration with Austria) 597.000 MKD
Responding to the Challenges of a Socialist Strategy and Discourse in Macedonia Strengthening of social capacities and activist/political networks towards a sustainable socialist social strategy in Macedonia and the region of SEE January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016 Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Southeast Europe 44.950 EUR 1. School for Politics and Critique 2016 ||| 2. Journal IDENTITIES ||| 3. Policy brief “The Real Price of the Cheap Labor Force
Organizational Development Grant Organizational Development Grant December 1, 2015 – November 30, 2017 Think Thank Fund/OSI Budapest 137.784 USD 1. Policy brief “Media Policies and Editorial (Un) Freedom” ||| 2. Policy essay “The Specifity of the Macedonian Example of ‘State Capture’: Ruminations Following the Second Priebe Report” ||| 3. Policy brief “The Urgency of the UBK Related Reforms” ||| 4. Policy brief “Towards a Solution for the Political Crisis in Macedonia” ||| 5. Policy Memo on the Release of the EU Progress Report on Macedonia of November 2015
Civic organizations for advocacy and promotion of the right to free expression and free association Strengthening the knowledge and the capacities of the civic organizations for promotion, protection and advocacy of the right to free expression and free association. August 1, 2015 - January 31, 2017 Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation(Program: Civica Mobilitas) 1.790.000MKD 1. Manual for civic organization ||| 2. National survey on civic activism
Research on Gender Equality in the Municipality of Polog Region as part of “Equality and Gender Mainstreaming Across Borders” Strengthening the local organizations in promoting gender equality, empowering capacities of local women organizations, technical support of their monitoring role and better media coverage. April 2015 - February 2016 Commissioned study (by Akcija Zdruzenska, Institute for Development of Community- Tetovo, supported by European Union) 600.000 MKD Research available here
The Independent Context Watch 2015 Assessing the general developments and issues in the areas of: Democratic Governance and Decentralization, Democratic Law Making and Civil Society February 26, 2015 – September 30, 2015 Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation 2.306.800 MKD Policy study: available in print, only on demand
Enacting political activities to build a left platform in Macedonia Enabling a process of close collaboration of activists of the left toward establishing a wide coalition January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2015 Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Southeast Europe 43.200 EUR 1. School for Politics and Critique 2015 ||| 2. Journal IDENTITIES
Analyses of the Policies and Laws that Affect the Freedom of Expression Analyzing the policies and laws that affect freedom of expression January 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016 USAID – FOSIM 39.730 USD Policy study “Freedom of Expression, Association and Entrepreneurship in a Captured State: Macedonia in 2015
Nationless Opening a space for artistic intervention, thinking and re-thinking the issue of nationalism January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015 Balkan Arts and Culture Fund 22.000 EUR Publication available here
Increasing the Transparency and Improving the Rule of Law by Monitoring and Reporting the Violation of Human Rights in Macedonia Survey about how well-informed the citizens are about human rights, and what mechanisms to use for protection against human rights violation. December 18, 2014January 15, 2015 Commissioned study (by Helsinki Committee for Human Rights of the Republic of Macedonia) 3.260 USD Research available here
Learning project on unusual actors in local democracy- Case study Macedonia Data collection, analysis, methodology on social-political dynamics in Macedonia November 20-2014 January 20, 2015 Commissioned study (by Swisspeace) 2.100 CHF Brochure available here
Promoting Child Social and Financial Education Developing curriculum for financial and social education for primary school children July 1, 2014 - August 7, 2015 UNICEF 73.133 USD
The Independent Context Watch 2014 The project is aimed at assessing the general developments and issues in the areas of: Democratic Governance and Decentralization, Democratic Law Making and Civil Society, taking in consideration general trends nationwide. June 1, 2014 - September 30, 2014 Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation 1.811.660 MKD Policy analysis:available in print, only on demand
Official Language Usage in Municipalities in the Republic of Macedonia Reviewing the existing practices to the use of official languages in certain municipalities and their impact on inter-ethnic relations. March 3, 2014 - September 30, 2014 High Commissioner for National Minorities OSCE 21.360 EUR Research report available in print, only on demand
Tackling the Crisis and Strengthening the Left in Macedonia Strengthening the Macedonian left. January 1, 2014 - December 31,2014 Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung 45.340 EUR 1. School for Politics and Critique 2014 ||| 2. Journal IDENTITIES
Building Alliances for Free Journalism and Democracy Opening a wider debate on the importance of media freedom and journalistic independence January 1,2014 - June 30, 2014 USAID – FOSM 22.355 USD Collection of essays “Word and Freedom
Institutional grant Institutional grant December 1, 2013- November 30, 2015 Foundation Open Society Institute (FOSI) 80.000 USD 1. Policy brief “Technology of State Capture: Overregulation in Macedonian Media and Academia” ||| 2. Policy brief “Solutions for the Macedonian Political Crisis after the Resignation of Ministers in the Cabinet: Seen from the Perspective of the Civic Movement” ||| 3. Policy brief “The Uses and Abuses of Neoliberalism and Technocracy in the Post-totalitarian Regimes in Eastern Europe: The Case of Macedonia” ||| 4. Fines in Macedonian Legislation over the years 1995-2014 ||| 5. Policy study “Legalizing Restrictions of the Freedom of the Press
Electronic journal “Identities” International peer reviewed journal for Politics, Gender and Culture October 8, 2013 Ministry of Culture of RM 40.000 MKD Journal IDENTITIES
A Study on Gender and Media Representation in Macedonia for 2013 Analysis of existence and treatment of gender issues in informative programs and news and analysis regarding the presentation of males and females in program contents. September 1, 2013-December 31, 2013 Commissioned study (by National Broadcasting Council of Republic of Macedonia) 115.000 MKD Two research and analysis reports
Skopje 2014 Project and its Effects on the perception of Macedonian Identity Among the Citizens of Skopje Comparing the state’s narrative and the citizens’ of Skopje narratives about the Macedonian identity in order to find out if the former corresponds with the latter. March 1, 2013-July 31, 2013 Fridrich Ebert Stiftung Foundation 4.770 EUR Policy brief
Institutional Grant Institutional Grant January 1, 2013 December 31, 2013 Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation – CIRAProgram: Civica Mobilitas 59.000 USD Policy brief “Abandoning Ethnicity-Centered Discourse in the Government Political Rhetoric and in Institutional Policy Making
Institutional grant Institutional grant December 1, 2012November 30, 2013 Foundation Open Society Institute (FOSI) 50.000 USD Policy study “Who Owns Alexander the Great: A Question Upon Which EU Enlargement Relies
Strengthening the Capacities of Local Governance and Local Activism toward Effective Gender Equity Policies in Macedonia Increasing of competences of the representatives of the local self-government for the inclusion of gender issues in the local documents, policies and activities. October 18, 2012 – December 17, 2013 UN Women 2.872.800 MKD Policy study
Ethnically and Gender Inclusive Grass root LGBTI Movements in Macedonia: Strengthening the Capacities of the Grassroot LBGTI Movement in Macedonia Strengthening of the LGBTI movement in Macedonia especially within the “invisible” groups like lesbians, transgendered people and gays from other ethnicities. September 1, 2012- December 31, 2013 The Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Macedonia 1.487.923 MKD Policy analysis
Improving the Forcibility of Mechanisms and Instruments for Judiciary’s Independence Qualitative analysis of the mechanisms and instruments that ensure independence of the judiciary, facilitated discussions with the judges and production of policy paper. April 30, 2012-January 31, 2013 “THINK AND LINK” – Regional Policy Program 14.270 EUR Policy analysis