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Promoting equal opportunities for women and men in Macedonia

Three women look on as a young man writes something on a piece of paper.

01.01.2014 - 31.03.2018

In Macedonia, women are disadvantaged in the areas of employment, social protection and political participation. To promote equal opportunities, in 2006 the government passed a law on equal opportunities for men and women. To complement Macedonia's reform efforts jointly with national counterparts SDC is funding an equal opportunities project at the municipal level.

Country/region Period Budget
Macedonia

01.01.2014 - 31.03.2018


CHF 1'670'400



lncreasing Market Employability in Macedonia

Biljana, co-founder of The Good Earth organic cooperative, holding a basket of organic fruit and vegetables.

01.11.2013 - 31.03.2019

Unemployment in Macedonia is particularly high, especially among young people and women, and a large segment of the population lives in poverty. That is why Switzerland is involved in developing business growth and improving the quality of products and services by helping SMEs in certain sectors of the economy.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Macedonia
Economy and Employment
Labor market development

01.11.2013 - 31.03.2019


CHF 7'500'000



Project completed

Managing the risk of natural hazards through capacity building and increased cooperation

Aerial shot of flooding in the United States. People can be seen travelling around in boates.

01.01.2013 - 31.12.2015

Working to reduce the risk of natural disasters is a fundamental element of improving the security of local populations. Switzerland has placed this objective on the agenda for its chairmanship of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in 2014. High-level conferences and practical training are planned.

Country/region Period Budget
Eastern Europe and CIS

01.01.2013 - 31.12.2015


CHF 4'000'000



Restoration of the Prespa Lake Ecosystem

The countryside around Lake Prespa. © UNDP

01.12.2011 - 30.06.2018

Lake Prespa is situated in the three-country border area of Albania, Macedonia, and Greece. Thanks to its biodiversity, the local ecosystem is of global significance. The widespread, improper disposal of waste is polluting both surface and ground water. The SDC is helping to decontaminate these waterways and to raise awareness of environmental issues.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Macedonia
Water
Environment
Environment protection
Integrated water resource management (watershed)
Water resources policy and advocacy
Integrated water resource management (watershed)
Water resources policy and advocacy

01.12.2011 - 30.06.2018


CHF 6'682'000



Project completed

"We don't have a spare planet" – environmental protection through education

Boys and girls watching a fellow pupil doing an experiment with water.

01.01.2010 - 31.08.2016

Environmental protection was for a long time not a political priority in Macedonia and the implementation of environmental protection laws was slow. Now that environmental education is a compulsory subject in Macedonian school curricula, school students are becoming increasingly aware of environmental issues. This is leading to an improvement in the environment and the living conditions of people in Macedonia.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Macedonia
Water
Water resources policy and advocacy
Environment protection
Education policy

01.01.2010 - 31.08.2016


CHF 3'267'400



Macedonia: Nature Conservation Programme

01.01.2017 - 31.01.2021

Switzerland will assist Macedonia in sustainable management of natural resources through practical application of conservation measures such as regional protected areas and integrated forest management in the Bregalnica region. Further framework conditions will be improved and support is provided in implementing national legislation and the Strategy on Nature. By promoting ecologically and sustainably produced products and services, economic benefit for the local population will be generated.


Vocational Skills Development in Macedonia

01.09.2016 - 28.02.2018

Macedonia has one of the highest unemployment rates in Europe (25%), especially among youth (48%). One of the key factors for youth unemployment is that the education and training system does not provide skills needed by the economy. The Vocational Skills Development project aims to address youth unemployment through supporting market relevant skills development by strengthening the engagement of the private sector (e.g. through systematised internships), thus increasing the employability of vocational training graduates.


Sustainable and Inclusive Regional Economic Development in Macedonia

01.11.2015 - 31.01.2021

Living standards for citizens across Macedonia are highly unequal providing few opportunities to citizens in rural regions. SDC contributes to the GIZ Regional Economic Development Programme that promotes more balanced regional development. More transparent and equitable allocation of national funds to the regions and enhanced competences of regional bodies shall foster inclusive regional development planning for more innovation and higher competitiveness of underdeveloped regions.


Project completed

CARITAS programme contribution East 2015 - 2016

01.01.2015 - 31.12.2016

CARITAS Switzerland is committed to a world in which the rights and dignity of every human being are respected and all people – regardless of their race, sex, religion or political persuasion – have access to food, water, shelter, health, education and work. Being committed to the Human Rights and Millennium Development Goals, CARITAS engages in long-term development cooperation, disaster risk reduction and humanitarian aid.


Project completed

Stiftung Kinderdorf Pestalozzi Programmbeitrag Ost 2015 - 2016

01.01.2015 - 31.12.2016

Die Realisierung der Rechte des Kindes auf Zugang zu relevanter, ganzheitlicher und qualitativ guter Bildung und die Förderung von interkulturellen Kompetenzen sind Voraussetzung für eine gerechte, friedliche und nachhaltige Entwicklung. Dies sind die übergeordneten Ziele der internationalen Programme der Stiftung Kinderdorf Pestalozzi. Bildung ist ein Recht und zugleich ein Mittel, um alle anderen Menschenrechte zu verwirklichen.


Project completed

Solidar Suisse programme contribution East 2015 - 2016

01.01.2015 - 31.12.2016

Solidar Switzerland’s cooperation engagement contributes to poverty reduction and respect of human rights. It supports political and economical processes to improve equitable access to resources, labour and power in a globalised world. Special focus is to enhance the decent work agenda and to foster democratic structures. At the same time Solidar undertakes awareness raising and advocacy activities in Switzerland, in order to sensitise the Swiss public on development policy issues.


Project completed

Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation programme contribution East 2015 - 2016

01.01.2015 - 31.12.2016

HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation’s vision is a just world in which all men and women determine the course of their lives in dignity and security, using environmental resources in a sustainable manner. Based on the human rights, it supports with its partners poor and disadvantaged people in developing and transition countries following the principle of help for self-help. In Switzerland, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation engages in sensitising for the interests of developing and transition countries.

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