The project “Social Inclusion and Human Rights in Macedonia” aims at supporting the inclusion of the Human Rights-based Approach (HRBA) into the planning processes of the national and local authorities dealing with the issues of social inclusion, social protection and poverty reduction. The project is a follow-up to the pilot project “Human Rights and Poverty Reduction in Macedonia” (2006 – 2008) and builds on its results and on the recommendations of its external evaluation. The continuing support for the HRBA in Macedonia’s EU accession process shall produce socially inclusive policies as well as monitoring of social policy on the part of the civil society.
On the national level, the specific project aim is on strengthening accountability of the government with regard to human rights and social inclusion in policy making and monitoring, with a focus on rights-holders and duty-bearers. To this aim the project fosters the coordination of NGOs working on issues related to social exclusion, discrimination and poverty through the establishment of the “Macedonian Anti-Poverty Platform” (MAPP). With the support of BIM-FV and the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN), the project strengthens existing ties between those NGOs, links the MAPP to the EAPN and builds the MAPP’s capacity of monitoring and reporting the dimension of poverty and social exclusion in Macedonia.
Additionally, the project strengthens the capacities of the duty-bearers – specifically on the local level (i.e. the municipalities and the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy (MLSP)’s Social Work Centres) – in proceeding with the definition of responsibilities and corresponding policies on social inclusion, social protection and poverty reduction in the light of the decentralisation process.