The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: Enhancing Inter-Ethnic Community Dialogue and Collaboration in FYR Macedonia
The Programme—jointly implemented by UNDP, UNICEF and UNESCO—aimed to promote a multi-cultural civic identity within the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, establishing systems to link local and national mechanisms dealing with inter-ethnic relations and building conflict resolution expertise where none exists.
The programme focused on improving inter-cultural relations and building an inclusive civic national identity through awareness-raising programmes in schools, and by working with local leaders, civil society and the media to facilitate peaceful co-existence. It also worked with national and local bodies to ensure that decision-making around community priorities is an inclusive process that builds consensus among the country's many different communities.
This Joint Programme was launched in July 2009 and was closed in July 2012
The Joint Programme in action
JOINT PROGRAMME QUICK FACTS
- Key national and local institutions made significant progress in strengthening inter-ethnic dialogue, collaboration and coordination. Grant scheme implemented to enhance the role of civil society in the area of inter-ethnic relations. Relations between ethnic communities and local self-governments strengthened.
- Digital educational content developed and launched in school to promote multi-culturalism and inter-ethnic relations in schools. Life Skills Based Education curriculum developed and adopted as compulsory for all secondary schools in the country. Youth centers providing joint extra-curricular activities established in the cities of Kumanovo, Kicevo and Struga.
- Representatives of civil society organizations and community leaders trained in dispute resolution methodologies. Grants implemented to enhance inter-ethnic dialogue in universities and three pilot municipalities. “Diversity Reporting” handbook distributed to journalists offering guidelines on how to reflect country’s diversity.