Self-Employment Programme

Project summary

The Self-employment Programme is an essential part of the country’s employment strategy and the national active labor market measures which have been designed to promote smart, sustainable and socially inclusive growth. The main objective of this project is to reduce unemployment by encouraging the creation of small businesses that will provide a living for successful entrepreneurs.


  • Entrepreneurship training for developing of business skills,
  • Support in the development of a business plan,
  • Company registration,
  • Provision of start-up grants in the form of equipment and/or mate­rials,
  • Coaching and mentorship support. 

The Programme is implemented in all municipalities throughout the country.


  • Over the past 12 years, more than 33,000 unemployed people have applied for the programme
  • over 14,000 candidates have attended trainings in entrepreneurship and business plan development
  • Since its start in 2007, this project has enabled over 11,000 people to open their own businesses.
  • 35% of these businesses are run by women entrepreneurs and 30% by young people.
  • A remarkable 70% of the companies created through the project are still active today.
  • More than 13,000 persons have been employed on full-time basis throughout Self-employment and job creation programme for support to existing SMEs, civil organizations and social enterprises
  • To date, 198 persons with disabilities have completed the entrepreneurship training while 146 businesses have been registered. 32,19% are women with disabilities entrepreneurs who opened their own business.
  • This project has helped reduce the national unemployment rate by 3%.



Project start date:

April 2009

Estimated end date:

December 2018

Focus area:

  • eradicate poverty in all its forms and dimensions
  • inclusive growth
  • Project office:

    UNDP in North Macedonia

    Implementing partner:

    Min.Labor & Society Policy MKD

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    Funding Support by

    Donor name

  • United Nations Development Pro
  • Government Of North Macedonia
  • Amount contributed


    Delivery in previous fiscal year

    2018 $3,218

    2017 $228,580

    2016 $1,013,065

    2015 $4,247,636

    2014 $4,685,325

    2013 $4,575,680

    2012 $4,083,328

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