Civil Dialogue on a Local Level– Experiences and Implementation in the City of Skopje

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Civil Dialogue on a Local Level– Experiences and Implementation in the City of Skopje
Mirjana Apostolova, Skopje, assistant manager of the Sector
Conference “Civil Dialogue on a Local Level”, Skopje, 13.07.2011

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Civil Dialogue on a Local Level– Experiences and Implementation in the City of Skopje

  1. 1. Civil Dialogue on a Local Level– Experiences and Implementation in the City of Skopje<br />MirjanaApostolova, <br />Skopje, assistant manager of the Sector<br />Conference “Civil Dialogue on a Local Level”, Skopje, 13.07.2011<br />1<br />
  2. 2. Affirmation and strengthening the role of citizens and their organizations in the development of the city of Skopje as well as its functioning as a metropolis of a country that is part of Europe. <br />Conference “Civil Dialogue on a Local Level”, Skopje, 13.07.2011<br />2<br />Strategic Orientation<br />
  3. 3. Conference “Civil Dialogue on a Local Level”, Skopje, 13.07.2011<br />3<br />Organizational Structure of the Sector for International Cooperation and Support to Civil Organizations and Foundations<br />
  4. 4. The Department for Cooperation and Support of Civil Society Organizations and Foundations:<br /> <br />follows the activities of civil society organizations and foundations;<br />initiates and coordinates the cooperation with the civil society organizations and foundations in the areas under the jurisdiction of the city of Skopje; <br />proposes measures and activities to support the activities of the civil society organizations and foundations; <br />ensures the participation of civil society organizations and foundations in the procedure of preparing and proposing policies, strategic and developmentat documents under the authority of Skopje;<br />organizes the Forum of NGOs on an annual basis, where the civil society organizations and foundations present their proposals for cooperation with the city of Skopje, their positions and comments regarding the activities of the city of Skopje, their recommendations for improvement and their experiences from their cooperation with the city of Skopje<br />Conference “Civil Dialogue on a Local Level”, Skopje, 13.07.2011<br />4<br />Specific Jurisdictions<br />
  5. 5. Annual program for cooperation and support of organizations and foundations<br />Support of initiatives and projects <br />Support for building capacities <br />Support for manifestations and events <br />via:<br />Open calls for support<br />Defining strategic partnerships <br />Co-financing of projects<br />Conference “Civil Dialogue on a Local Level”, Skopje, 13.07.2011<br />5<br />Planning and Programming of Activities <br />
  6. 6. Strategy of the City of Skopje for cooperation with civil society organizations 2007-2010 <br />Forum of the NGOs of the City of Skopje <br />Discussion Groups <br />NGO Portal <br />The City Centre for support of civil society organizations<br />Conference “Civil Dialogue on a Local Level”, Skopje, 13.07.2011<br />6<br />Experiences of the City of Skopje<br />
  7. 7. Midyear document 2007-2010 <br />Main goal: To enable active inclusion of civil society organizations in the processes of defining the developmental activities and initiatives of the city of Skopje, as well as to create a foundation for the formation of efficient partnerships<br />The strategy is based on a model of long term cooperation with a synergetic build up of city and civil organizations’ resources<br />Град Скопје<br />Conference “Civil Dialogue on a Local Level”, Skopje, 13.07.2011<br />7<br />
  8. 8. Conference “Civil Dialogue on a Local Level”, Skopje, 13.07.2011<br />8<br />City Forum for the Cooperation with Civil Society Organizations <br /><ul><li>Members (two year mandate):
  9. 9. Mayor of the City of Skopje
  10. 10. The Board of Skopje’s Commission for cooperation with municipalities and civil society organizations
  11. 11. City administration
  12. 12. Civil society organizations (through representatives elected from the discussion working groups)
  13. 13. Coordinator of the City Forum’s work: Sector for International Cooperation
  14. 14. Responsibilities:
  15. 15. Exchanging of opinions on subjects of local interest
  16. 16. Implementing new discussion working groups
  17. 17. Electing outside members of the Commission for evaluation of the proposed projects
  18. 18. Monitoring the implementation of strategy
  19. 19. Assigning criteria for election of proposed projects
  20. 20. Recommending joint activities for the city and civil organizations</li></li></ul><li>Conference “Civil Dialogue on a Local Level”, Skopje, 13.07.2011<br />9<br />Discussion Groups<br />Culture<br />Environment <br />Education<br />Sports and recreation<br />Local and regional development<br />Urbanism and traffic <br />Youth<br />Psychological, social and medical protection<br />Support for persons with disabilities<br />Human trafficking<br /> Human rights and liberties <br /> Equal opportunities for men and women<br />
  21. 21. Conference “Civil Dialogue on a Local Level”, Skopje, 13.07.2011<br />10<br />Logistic Support <br /> <br />Working Hours<br />Monday-Friday <br />09.00-17.00<br /> <br />Location<br /> Youth Cultural Centre-MKC<br />1st floor, #12<br />Street KejDimitarVlahov<br />contact: Antonio Karalanov<br />phone: 02/ 3 222 106<br />e-mail: nvocentar@skopje.gov.mk<br />  <br />Available Resources:<br />-conference hall for an audience of 20<br />-       4 computers<br />-       library<br />-       canvas screen and LCD projector<br />-       internet <br />-       printer<br />City NGO Centre <br />
  22. 22. Conference “Civil Dialogue on a Local Level”, Skopje, 13.07.2011<br />11<br />NGO Portal – WWW.skopje.gov.mk/nvo<br />
  23. 23. Conference “Civil Dialogue on a Local Level”, Skopje, 13.07.2011<br />12<br />Future steps? <br />Revision of the Strategy <br />Interactive NGO portal <br />Outlining a Manual/Program for the initiation, support and realization of the civil society and foundations’ projects<br />

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