Strengthening Policy Processes and Accountability

Project description
Having regular insights into people's perceptions about the major challenges facing the country is instrumental for decision makers to develop responsive policies and deliver effective public services. The project aims to strenghten national capacities for evidence based policy analysis and to develop a nationally owned methodology for assessing governance.

The People Centered Analyses aims at providing policy makers and the broader community with insights into people’s perceptions on political, social and economic issues, inter-ethnic relations and trust in institutions. Getting people’s views on their needs and concerns, especially of those whose voice could be hardly heard in the public policy processes, is even more important as the country devolves powers to local authorities.

The first issue of the People-Centred Analyses Report of 2008, elabo¬rated thoroughly the concepts of social exclusion and vulnerability, including the issues of poverty, health, education, employment and access to social services. Some of the main findings of this edition were used by the Government in developing the first ever National Strategy on Social Inclusion, promoted in April 2010.

The second PCA examined regional disparities and quality of life - for the first time in the country. It also drew lessons on how to reduce the geographic disparities through effective regional policies, for ex¬ample which investments should be encouraged to boost the econ¬omy in a given region with specific characteristics. The key recom¬mendations of the 2009 issue were incorporated into the National Strategy for Regional Development.

Building on the findings of the third PCA, which focused on the quality of social services, the Government has drafted new by-laws to the Law on Social Protection. This means that accessibility to the quality and forms of social services offered to the citizens will be enhanced, improved and inclusive for all. In other words, adoption of universal approach to better quality services of socially vulnerable and exclud¬ed groups will be done through development of sustainable system of protection in line with EU standards and practices.

Focus Area
Good Governance

Implementing Period

Major Source of Funding

233,000 USD

UNDP Programme Officer
Mihaela Stojkoska

Partners on the Ground
Southeast European University

Nation wide

Delivery 2010
155,000 USD

Delivery 2011
56,000 USD

Project documents

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Opening up local government one person at a time
» 07.02.2013
When the UNDP team was brainstorming with our partners at the Ministry of Local Self-Government about how to bring citizens into decision-making at the local level, naturally, the internet came to mind, with its potential to allow citizens to gather, track, and analyze data and participate with their own ideas and solutions.
Tuning in to Local Needs – A Model Approach To Inclusive Policy-Making
» 12.07.2012
Thought-provoking findings about public perceptions of the country’s social services and recent policy reforms made for interesting discussion at a meeting held in Krushevo as part of the Social Services for Social Development and Cohesion project aimed at supporting inclusive local development and improving the financing of local services.
New People-Centred Analyses Report - Launching and Presentation of Findings
» 09.04.2009
The official launching and the presentation of the People-Centred Analyses Report findings, took place at the Holiday Inn Hotel, on Thursday. Implementing organization of the second issue is the South-East European University, in close cooperation and with the sponsorship and support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).