Advocacy for Open Government: OGP seminars planned for Macedonia
A Macedonian NGO will be holding two seminars to help the efforts of local civil-society groups working on open government issues, as part of a PASOS project on transparency.
The Center for European Integration and Development (CEDI) is planning the conferences for NGOs in the Pelagonia region of southwest Macedonia. The seminars are being supported with a 1,000-euro grant from Advocacy for Open Government, an EU-funded PASOS project to encourage governments in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia to become more transparent.
The gatherings will boost knowledge on local implementation of the government’s Open Government Partnership (OGP) Action Plan. OGP is a multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.
CEDI said they came up with the plan because most NGOs working on OGP issues are focused on the capital city of Skopje.
“This imposes the need to create a regional network of partners for participation in the OGP that will be segmented in areas on which OGP action plan focuses,” CEDI said. “The first phase requires greater involvement of all local and regional actors and their introduction to the priorities and mechanisms for implementation of action plans for OGP.”
The Center for Research and Policy Making, a PASOS member in Macedonia and a partner in Advocacy for Open Government, oversaw the process by which the grant was awarded to CEDI.