The overall objective of the action is to support the civil sectors’ sustainability through enhanced partnership and cooperation between the civil society associations and the social partners, i.e. trade unions, to improve their advocating skills and knowledge for strategic lobbying management in order to improve the environment for joint decision making and participative policy-making at local and at national level. This improvement is an important input in order to effectively influence existing legislation and initiatives for harmonization with the acquis and to produce a positive impact on the sustainable economic and social development. In order to reach this global aim, the realized activities enables:

  • To assess the state of play of participation and cooperation among the CSOs (civil associations and social partners) in the existing mechanisms for participative decision making at a local level: Local Economic and Social Councils – LESCs.
  • To identify the weaknesses both of the LESC process and the CSOs stakeholders.
  • To build up skills for advocating and lobbying management, i.e. to improve the conditions for CSOs to influence the joint decision-making processes at local and at a national level.
  • To increase CSOs knowledge about the mechanisms of joint decision making in LESCs and to contribute in the social and civil dialogue building, where authorities, including local ones, should promote the civil associations to have a particularly active role, as one of the criteria for full EU membership.

The project is implemented in the period November 2015 – February 2017 by:

  • Agrosindikat – Trade Union of the workers from the Agroindustrial complex of Republic of Macedonia, Skopje
  • Macedonian Science Society, Bitola
  • GAUSS Institute – Foundation for New Technologies, Innovations, and Knowledge Transfer, Bitola.

GAUSS Institute was responsible for the development of a web-based platform for online lobbying

In order to practically support and enable e-lobbying in Macedonia, we developed web platform for e-lobbying. The platforms aim is to allow communication among CSOs and Agrosindikat on initiatives ideas to be supported form the grass root level to representation before local authorities. It is web-based contact relationship management (CRM) system enabling recording and managing information about the various people and organizations it interacts with. It is more than just an address book, it also allows tracking the interactions with people and organizations, engages with constituents, and solicit donations through a website and social media.

The e-lobbying platform focus on the needs of non-profits. It will emphasize communicating with individuals, community engagement and activism, outreach, managing contributions and managing local initiatives.

Beside of the development of web platform for e-lobbying, GAUSS Institute was responsible for:
– Providing training on e-lobbying and using the developed platform for e-lobbying.
– Development of the project’s website.
– Development and management of the project’s social media profiles.
– Development and distribution of the project promotional materials: leaflet, factsheet, visibility materials.

The project is funded by EU IPA Programme Europe Aid/136-625/ID/ACT/MK. Approved budget was 79.378 EUR, 90% grant from the EU and 10% own contribution of the project partners.