• After the floods – building back better in the Strumica River Basin Feb 24, 2017

    Already the EUR 800,000 project has cleared 23 kilometres of regulated canals and repaired damaged embankments that were built decades ago, significantly reducing the blockage and the risk of overflow. The project includes interventions in the main flood control canals and drainage network that run through several municipalities in the region of Strumica.

  • A fruitful tour of Alsace gives Vardar wine-producers a lesson in regional cooperation Jan 19, 2017

    UNDP’s Local Development Programme has been supporting the Vardar Planning Region in establishing cooperation with the Alsace region. As all wine-lovers will know, Alsace is one of the most famous wine regions in the world, with a strong tradition of wine tourism.

  • A creative approach to multi-ethnic cooperation amongst young people in Kumanovo Jan 12, 2017

    Young people here have a need for creative expression and there is no other space outside of school where they can express themselves and at the same time practice social inclusion and integration. This is why MultiKulti has always used art as a tool, including theatre, dance, photography and comic strips.

  • Strumica River Basin farmers learn more sustainable practices Dec 26, 2016

    Given the vital importance of agriculture to the region, tackling the problem of unsustainable farming practices is now a key priority in the Basin, especially in the context of climate change. This is why a new and comprehensive programme has been launched to modernize agriculture and train farmers to grow different crops, plan crop rotations and irrigate and fertilize more efficiently.

  • Rebuilding the Mavrovica Dam to save lives and protect property in Sveti Nikole Dec 9, 2016

    he Restoration of the Mavrovica Dam is part of a wider project being supported by the EU Flood Recovery Programme, which aims to assist the country’s recovery efforts in the aftermath of the floods that occurred in early 2015 by reconstructing damaged water and flood control infrastructure. The interventions focus on improving the discharge capacities of regulated river sections and drainage networks in the Crna Reka and Strumica River Basins, as well as the reconstruction and better management of four dams that were damaged by the floods.

  • A smart future for public transport in Skopje Dec 7, 2016

    Getting more people to use public transport is key to tackling the major problem of pollution in the country’s capital city of Skopje. To encourage more commuters to switch from cars to buses, UNDP partnered with the Fund for Innovation and Technological Development and the city’s main bus company, JSP, to launch a competition to find intelligent solutions to improve the bus system, including a bus ‘hackathon’ and ‘smart bus stop’ design.

  • Creating opportunities for independent life -- turning disabilities into abilities Dec 7, 2016

    Social Services for Persons with Disabilities aims to support the training of people with disabilities in the skills they need to enter the labour market and lead fuller and more independent lives. The project will include a training programme for work-oriented rehabilitation that aims to enable twenty people from the Banja Bansko Institution to find jobs in a labour market that has traditionally excluded people with disabilities.

  • Community Work Programme in Pehcevo: Transforming the Lives of Children and Adults Dec 5, 2016

    Parents and young children in the small town of Pehcevo have recently seen a major improvement in their quality of life with the opening of a new nursery group for children aged 9-24 months.

  • New EU Project to Improve Flood Protection in Crna Reka River Basin Nov 10, 2016

    After three decades of neglect, however, help is finally at hand in the shape of a major EU-funded project being implemented by UNDP. The first stage of the project, a massive clean-up operation of the riverbed of the Crna Reka, has already begun, with overgrown vegetation being cleared along a 37-km section of the river. The 800,000-euro project will include interventions in the main river channel and tributaries that run through several municipalities in the region of Pelagonija, in line with the priorities earlier identified by a UNDP-supported feasibility study for the river.

  • UN Teams up with Rad Designers to Imagine 2030 Now Nov 3, 2016

    UN Day this year was all about raising public awareness of the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development agreed on by world leaders in 2015—a set of goals that aim to bring an end to extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030. To celebrate UN Day and bring the Global Goals to public attention, four innovative local designers joined up with the UN to create T-shirts illustrating their vision of ‘2030 Now’.