The overall project objective is to promote social inclusion through strengthening the capacity of local stakeholders. Thereby, to strengthen the capacities of the public institution Institute for Social Activities (ISA), the Social Work Centers (SWCs) as well as civil society organizations (CSOs) that work in the area of social protection, and to develop innovative social inclusion programs through efficient utilization of EU funds.

Expected results are the following: 1) The capacities of social service workers from SWCs and ISA will be increased in regard of their ability to effectively utilize EU funding for developing sustainable social inclusion programs; 2) A training module on EU project design and management in the field of social inclusion will be prepared for the continuous training curriculum implemented by ISA; 3) The capacities of CSOs to develop social inclusion programs and to engage in watchdog activities over the local action plans for social inclusion will be increased; 4) Networks/partnerships between SWCs and CSOs will be established to promote social inclusion in local environments.

Donor: European Commission

Project partners: Association for Democratic Initiatives (ADI) from Gostivar and the Organization of women of the Municipality of Sveti Nikole (OWSN)

Timeframe: December 2015 – March 2017

Budget: €135.611

The envisioned results presented above will be achieved through a total of 7 corresponding activities, divided in 3 working packages (WPs): WP1: Baseline assessment, consisted of:
A1: Surveys for SWCs and CSOs on their capacities, activities and existing social action plans. A2: Large-scale survey on living conditions in Macedonia and problems related to social exclusion. WP2: Education and training, consisted of:
A3: Joint trainings for professionals from SWCs and CSOs on EU project design and management. A4: Training for CSOs on social research and dissemination of research results.
A5: Preparation of a training module for EU project design and management.
WP3: Local level actions and partnerships, consisted of:
A6: Monitoring and evaluation of local social inclusion plans by CSOs.
A7: Municipal (local) partnerships by SWCs and CSOs for promotion of social inclusion.

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