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Centre for Good Governance

Objectives

The Centre for Good Governance aims to promote and work on initiatives to encourage and establish the principles of good governance in the functioning of the political system and in social life.
The Institute for Democracy shall follow the principles of good governance set by the United Nations Organization as follows: – Participation
– Rule of law
– Transparency
– Responsiveness
– Consensus- oriented
– Equity and Inclusion
– Effectiveness and Efficiency
– Accountability
The Centre for Good Governance will meet its objectives through research activities – data collection, monitoring, analysis – and advocacy activities – proposals for public policies, promotional activities and actions towards political, government, public institutions and the general public. The Centre for Good Governance will ensure that the IDSCS applies these principles and acts in accordance with the assertion “practice what you preach”.

Main areas of activity and focus

The main thematic areas of the Centre of good governance include: the process of making public policies, the functioning of the legislative and executive authority, anti-corruption policies, policies on transparency and open data, informal political and social relations, elections and electoral politics, multicultural policies, decentralization and political culture.

Centre for European integration

Objectives

The scope of the work of the IDSCS Centre for European Integration has been scaled down due to the congestion of the overall European integration process of Macedonia. Hence, the capacities invested in this Centre thus far will suffice and the existing stuff is able to meet the needs.

The mission of the IDSCS Centre for European Integration is to analyze and promote the process of European integration in Macedonia and the region. In the forthcoming period, the regional component of the process needs to be strengthened and the resources of the Centre directed towards the strengthening of this regional component.

Main areas of activity and focus

The envisaged direction of the activity of the Centre for European Integration is to be carried out and upgraded as follows: 1. Regional connectivity and networking in renowned European and regional networks that deal with issues relating to the European integration process. Linkage with related organizations in the Western Balkans.
2. Design and implementation of continuous (interval) monitoring tools.
3. Increase in the visibility of the Centre through analytical products.
4. Development of the capacity for a foresight analysis related to the European integration process (concept that is applicable to the other research centres)

Research Centre

Specific note

The IDSCS Research Centre is not on the same functional footing as the other two centres. The operation of every think tank organization arises mainly from the research activities, hence the other two centres will inevitably do research. This positions the Research Centre in a specific position wherein the Centre will always experience difficulties to find “its own” area.

Aims of the Centre

The Mission of the Research Centre is to maintain research capabilities and products of IDSCS always a step above other civil society organizations working in the areas of the Institute’s scope. Hence, in the next two years, and thereafter, this Centre should operate in the following areas: 1. Development of research which is non-specific to individual areas of the other two centres but in favour of their function;
2. Development of new research tools for the needs of both centres or for thereafter achievement of strategic or periodic (annual) goals of IDSCS or in general – the vision and mission of the organization;
3. Strengthening of research capacities of the IDSCS staff;
4. Be the pivotal facility for research endeavours that cannot unequivocally be categorized in the other IDSCS centres.