UN Programme to Enhance Inter-Ethnic Dialogue and Collaboration

Project description
The UN programme seeks to further advance the successes that the country has achieved in inter-ethnic relations by advancing inter-ethnic dialogue and collaboration. It does this by supporting the efforts of central Government, relevant local bodies and civil society. The Programme works at national level, but also in three ethnically diverse municipalities (Kicevo, Kumanovo and Struga).

Governance - to improve national systems and capacities for inter-ethnic cohesion

Education- to Reinforce the education system's ability to promote diversity

Society- To promote tolerance and respect between different groups

The Programme supported representatives from all levels of government and civil society to map out and make recommendations for improving
the capacity of national systems to promote interethnic cohesion.

The Programme is working with the Ministry of Education and Science
and related institutions to incorporate greater inter-ethnic understanding,tolerance and respect into the national education policy, curricula and textbooks.
In the three municipalities, joint extracurricular and democratic participation activities are being introduced in the selected schools. At the same time,the Programme is expanding opportunities for interaction and dialogue among young people out of the school settings in community based youth centres.
Higher education institutions are supported in developing and implementing educational programs that advance the study and promotion of intercultural and interreligious dialogue and peaceful conflict resolution.

To build consensus among communities in the three municipalities, trainings and seminars for government and civil society are being conducted. SCOs are being awarded grants for inter-ethnic confidence building activities.Through public debates, training for journalists and media support mechanisms, the Programme is also creating space for civic dialogue on inter-ethnic issues.

Focus Area
Good Governance

Major Source of Funding
Government of Spain through the UN MDG Achievement Fund

USD 4,000,000

UNDP Programme Officer
Mihaela Stojkoska

Partners on the Ground
The Programme is being implemented by UNDP, UNICEF and UNESCO in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Secretariat for Implementation of the Ohrid Framework Agreement, the Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Culture, the municipalities of Kicevo, Kumanovo and Struga

Nationwide, with three target areas (Kumanovo, Kicevo and Struga)

Delivery 2010
772,000 USD

Delivery 2011
743,000 USD

Project documents
Inter-Ethnic Project Document

Fact Sheet

Reference No.TitleClosing DateAwardedCanceled 
RFP 29/2011Design, preparation, organization and delivery of training to support development and broadcasting of social content programmes and public service announcements that promote harmony and peaceful settlements of disputes”07.10.2011 More Details
RFP 47/10Engagement of service providers (institutions, companies, NGOs, associations, public bodies), for the Preparation, Organization and Delivery of a Study Tour to Hungary and Romania in the Field of Inter-ethnic Relations07.09.2010 More Details

A Game Changer in the Struggle to Reduce Unemployment
» 03.09.2012
Monday the third of September saw three kick-offs in one day in the municipality of Struga—the opening of a newly renovated school sports hall; the signing of an agreement to train up five educated but unemployed youngsters; and a football match between UNDP and a team representing Struga.
Youth from Kumanovo Takes Part in Shaping Global Youth Agenda
» 19.03.2012
Young people can make the world a better place. Recognising the power the youth hold for change, the UN took a step forward to establish mechanisms for involving youth in global development processes, during the “Youth 21 Building for Change Stakeholder Meeting and Global Youth Leadership Forum on Inclusive Governance”.
Kumanovo Progresses as a True Multi-Ethnic City
» 15.12.2011
For over ten years since the signing of the 2001 framework agreement, Kumanovo’s leaders and civil society have worked hard to improve inter-ethnic relations and now the city has become one of the role models for others in the country. Local leaders say a key ingredient for success was empowering the local Commission for Inter-Community Relations
First Time Mapping of National and Local Capacities to Enhance Inter-Ethnic Dialogue
» 28.09.2010
Over 70 participants from Kicevo, Kumanovo and Struga municipalities worked together to strengthen inter-ethnic dialogue and collaboration.
Government and UN Launch Programme on Enhancing Inter-Ethnic Dialogue
» 24.02.2010
The Secretariat for Implementation of the Ohrid Framework Agreement together with three UN Agencies – UNDP, UNICEF and UNESCO, launched the comprehensive programme entitled “Enhancing Inter-Ethnic Community Dialogue and Collaboration”. This US$ 4 million programme is funded by the MDG Achievement Fund, established with the generous support of the Government of Spain.