Active civic engagement in design and monitoring of the local budget and public procurement

The project aims at increasing the engagement of external stakeholders (citizens, civil society organizations and local media) in the design and monitoring of local budgets and public procurement.

The main activities of the project include: 1) Analysis of the existing budget documents, practices and civic engagement; 2) Devising recommendations for policymakers; 3) Capacity building for implementation and monitoring of local procurement; and 4) Advocacy in public.

The planned activities are expected to result in: 1) Qualitative assessment of the design and transparency of local budgets in the three municipalities; 2) Familiarizing key stakeholders with the need to reform the process of drafting and publication of budget documents; 3) Building capacity of the civil society, local media and public administration for implementation and monitoring of public procurement; 4) Increased public awareness for the need of and the possibility for civil society participation in the process of devising local budgets and the way municipal money is spent.


Duration: 2017-2018 (12 months)

Donor: Project WEBER through the European Policy Institute, Skopje


“My money, my responsibility”: Participative budgeting in the municipalities in Macedonia

The overall purpose of the project is to enhance local-stakeholders’ practice and participation in the local budgeting process and to increase the effectiveness of the municipal-money spending.


The particular objectives/tasks of the project include:

  • To increase participation of local stakeholders – civil society, business community, citizens, local media – in the municipal-budgeting processes;
  • To increase awareness of local citizens for how spending of municipal money affects their quality of life;
  • To increase the credibility and effectiveness of local governments’ decisions related to the spending of public money, as well raise awareness for the (need for) transparency related to it.

For attaining project’s purpose, 6 members of the network (plus Finance Think) will represent the core of the entire network. These were carefully selected from the pool of the FISCAST network, based on two criteria: 1) FISCAST members who have had experience with particular municipalities; and 2) FISCAST members who have had a decent cooperation with Finance Think (and within the network in general) in the past (in terms of quality of deliverables, timeliness, responsiveness and so on. The following FISCAST members provided their written consent and these are the initial municipalities to be covered:

  • Kvantum Prima – Kavadarci, to cover: Kavadarci, Negotino
  • ZIP Institue – Skopje, to cover: Saraj, Gjorce Petrov
  • EGRI Graganski Centar za odrzliv razvoj – Kriva Palanka, to cover two or three of: Kriva Palanka, Kumanovo, Staro Nagoricane
  • Inicijativen Glas – Prilep, to cover: Prilep, Krivogastani
  • IMPACT Institute – Skopje, to cover: Strumica
  • Center for Change Management (CUP) – Skopje, to cover: Centar, Gjorce Petrov (shared with ZIP)
  • Finance Think: Krushevo, Centar (shared with CUP)


Duration: May 2017 – May 2020

Donor: USAID Civic Engagement Project through the East West Management Institute


Corruptive practices impede economic growth in Macedonia

The objective of this policy research is to identify corruptive practices that influence the economy of Macedonia and to offer real already-implemented similar measures in the EU to tackle and resolve these kinds of practices.

The method implemented in the policy study is quantitative based on data that captures corruption and informal practices. This kind of research is one of the first that implements quantitative analysis in researching how the corruption influences economic growth in Macedonia. One of the primary missions of this policy study is to provide evidence-based and data-driven analysis that will offer objective overview of how corruption actually influences the economy. Additionally, this overview essentially provides real and objective policy recommendations for alleviation of corruption based on impartial and unbiased analysis.


Donor: TRAIN is funded by the Federal Foreign Office and run by the Berlin-based German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP).

Duration: March – December 2017



The objective of this project is to provide credible estimates of the sustainable level of the Macedonian government and public debt.

The specific nature of the project involves hiring an employee who obtained master’s or PhD degree in Western Europe or USA and who is willing to spend six months in Finance Think. The employee will be responsiblefor the following tasks:

  • Calculation of the sustainable level of the Macedonian public debt;
  • Production of a policy study, policy brief and infograph on the topic;
  • Involvement in the other research and advocacy activities of the institute;
  • Involvement in administrative matters and organizing events.


Donor: Think Tank Fund – Young Professionals Development Program

Duration: 6 months (2016-2017)


Policy brief 16 – Are Macedonian government and public debt sustainable?

Policy study 7 – Estimating the sustainable level of the Macedonian government debt


FISCAST+: Fiscal transparency and accountability improves policies in quality of life, education and health

The objective of the project is to address efficiency and quality of selected policies in quality of life, education and health through public debate and policy options derived from data and evidence.

The project is expected to bring the following changes:

  • Changed general understanding of the importance of specific policies and measures within the QEH areas
  • Increased availability of data in the specific areas  set base for evidence-based policymaking
  • Steered public debate and increased public awareness about the issues
  • Increased pressure on policymakers for better and more efficient public policies and measures in the QEH areas
  • Improved research capacity, networking and sharing of expertise

The project will deliver the following outputs:

  1. Mapping and selection of policies per year in three areas (QEH)
  2. Research and production of results
  3. Links with media outlets and development of outreach products (comms strategy)
  4. Capacity building for teams and media for use of data, cost benefit analysis and policy options


Donor: British Embassy, Skopje

Duration: July 2016 – March 2018


Call for EoI (NGOs) – Application form (NGOs)

Call for EoI (My story) – Application form (My story)

Call for focus group participation`

Call for еxperts – Application form (experts)

Debate club of experts, Skopje, 26 October 2016 – Gallery

Interim expert meeting, 26 April 2017

Call for EoI (journalists)






FISCAST: Building capacity and tools for fiscal accountability, sustainability and transparency in Macedonia

The overall objective of the project is twofold: first, to improve the capacity of civil society and media to contribute to evidence-based economic dialogue in the country, enabling more participatory and transparent policymaking, with strong focus on fiscal policymaking; and, second, to increase the public awareness for the process of spending public money.


Supported by the British Embassy Skopje

Duration: August 2015 – March 2016




Local development or current expenditures: What purpose are municipal money spent for?


The main objective of the project is to increase the transparency and efficiency of the use of budget funds within municipalities.

Short-term goals include:

  • Increasing the awareness of citizens about the budget spending in the municipalities;
  • Raising the awareness of citizens about the effectiveness of the spending of the budgetary funds in their municipality, compared to other municipalities;
  • Identifying the purpose of the budget spending: development goals or current consumption.

The research covers the 15 largest, according to residents, municipalities in Macedonia.


Donor: Metamorphosis Foundation, in partnership with MCET and Reactor, within IPA Civil Society Facility.

Duration: 2014 (5 months)


Web tool “Sledi gi parite

Analysis – Working paper

Policy brief 8: Local development or current consumption: For what purpose are municipal money spent for?