Reaching out to partners and donors on #GivingTuesday

26 Nov 2013

UNDP in Skopje will be taking part this December in an exciting global initiative to boost all forms of charitable contributions to society. Called #GivingTuesday, this annual celebration of philanthropy at the start of the giving season proved a great success in focusing worldwide attention on the power of volunteerism to improve people’s lives.

On December 3, UNDP will bring together a variety of partners—including representatives from civil society organizations, central and local government, international organizations and the private sector to the Vardar Planning Region.

The Vardar Planning Region comprises nine municipalities in the central part of the country. The Region includes some of the least developed areas, with high levels of unemployment and migration. The nine municipalities of the Region differ greatly in size and capacity. Many of the smaller rural municipalities suffer from a lack of vital resources. Only by mutual cooperation can the local governments of the Region hope to achieve sustainable and inclusive development. This is why UNDP has recently been helping to establish a regional Network for Inclusive Development.

The Network will bring together representatives from local government, local commercial and craft chambers and civic associations in a collective effort to overcome the Region’s main socio-economic challenges and create conditions for the development of a strong and competitive economy—an economy that will offer greater employment opportunities and also achieve social and environmental standards.

To boost development in the Region, UNDP has assisted the Network in designing a two-year work programme (2014–2016). The programme was developed with extensive participation from the public, using innovative tools such as online crowdsourcing and a hotline. UNDP has also helped establish a joint administrative unit to increase energy efficiency, facilitating inter-municipal cooperation to make up for disparities in capacity.

On December 3, UNDP will bring together partners and donors to hear about the Network’s programme, to learn about the investment opportunities in the Region and to join forces to make a difference.

In line with the spirit of #GivingTuesday, one of the Region’s largest municipalities, the Municipality of Veles, will on that day be publicly allocating 90m2 of office space to serve as the headquarters of the Network. Representatives of the local private sector will be donating funds to refurbish the interior of the headquarters, and UNDP has helped purchase IT equipment and furniture.

At the same event, another large municipality, the Municipality of Negotino, will be giving away 35m2 of office space to help establish a regional information centre on joint efforts to increase energy efficiency. More than 10 private sector companies will supply the centre with promotional and exhibition materials. 

Over a hundred people are expected to attend the event. Experts will provide time, guidance and advice. All the attendees will also make their personal contributions for a charitable cause, purchasing materials for a day-care center for people with disabilities in Negotino.