Press releases
  • Despite some progress, Marginalized Roma community still most excluded in Western Balkans Apr 9, 2018

    More marginalized Roma girls and boys are attending compulsory education in the Western Balkans than ever before. However, when compared to their non-Roma neighbours, Roma people face twice as high unemployment, and are less likely to see a doctor when needed or go to bed on a full stomach. That is according to a new survey supported by the European Commission and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank.

  • World Water Day 2018: The Answer Is In Nature Mar 22, 2018

    More than 100 people attended a novel ‘tweet-up’ event in Skopje to raise public awareness about the importance of water and the value of adopting nature-based solutions to solve the challenges surrounding water.

  • 17 Municipalities and NGOs Selected for Nature Protection Grant Scheme Mar 13, 2018

    The project aims to improve nature protection and to promote sustainable use of natural resources while increasing the capacity of management authorities of protected areas, local self-governments and CSOs to manage and promote protected areas in a professional and sustainable fashion.

  • Six municipalities selected for Swiss-funded program to strengthen local democracy Feb 13, 2018

    Municipal councilors from the six selected municipalities will received targeted training and support to help ensure that municipal budgets are planned and spent in line with citizen expectations, and the municipalities will also receive grants of CHF 50,000 each to address priority community concerns.

  • Five Municipalities Selected for Civil Society Grant Programme Feb 8, 2018

    The initiative is part of a regional program that was pioneered in Bosnia and Herzegovina and has now been expanded to cover all the Western Balkan countries. It aims to strengthen cooperation between municipalities and civil society by establishing and institutionalizing transparent mechanisms for funding CSOs projects and training municipal staff to manage grant schemes.

  • Empowering Municipal Councils: A Fresh Start for Local Democracy Dec 12, 2017

    Newly elected council members need to understand their responsibilities to their constituencies and often need to develop new skills to fulfill their new roles, particular in terms of translating citizen priorities into budgets. But, coming in fresh, they also have a chance to breathe new life into the municipal councils and help ensure that they become more effective in representing their constituents and providing oversight.

  • “They erase us, like we don’t exist”: LGBTI people tell of struggle and resilience in the Western Balkans Dec 8, 2017

    Recounting tales of suffering, discrimination and violence, as well as triumph and resilience, the diverse cast of OutSpoken explain how their identities shape all aspects of their lives, from family relationships and going out at night, to daily activities and professional life.

  • A fresh start for the Balkans: Democratic renewal and environmental recovery Sep 20, 2017

    Prime Minister Zoran Zaev will deliver the keynote speech for a panel discussion at Columbia University in New York this week entitled “A fresh start for the Balkans: Democratic renewal and environmental recovery in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.” This event is organized by UNDP, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Columbia University School for International and Public Affairs as a side-event during the United Nations General Assembly week.

  • EUR 2.3 Million Project Launched to Help Local Governments Deliver Better Services Jul 27, 2017

    The project will also provide up to EUR 25,000 in funding to some 30 municipalities to help them address priority needs, particularly for vulnerable groups, with the aim of ensuring better living standards for all.


    The project worth EUR 4.3 million is funded by the EU and UNDP, and will be implemented by UNDP in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning over the next 36 months.

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