Democracy and participation, Social inclusion

Civil Society for European Integration


Who is behind this?

Milos Ristovski

Center for Intercultural Dialogue

North Macedonia

Who is joining forces?

Out of the Box International


Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

The project works toward strengthening the capacities of CSOs in Macedonia to advocate at the European Institutions, especially those related to human rights and voice out the ideas and visions of marginalized groups. It will enable them to create link with European Institutions and Organizations by visiting them in Brussels and to implement local advocacy campaigns as result of that exchange of good practices and experiences. It includes: 2day 5Idea Labs, 3day Study visit, 5 advocacy actions.

Where will your idea take place?

Kumanovo, Skopje, Bitola in Macedonia | Brussels, Belgium

Why does Europe need your idea?

− Support Macedonian CSOs to implement Human Rights related advocacy work at EU Level. There is an increased violation of fundamental rights within the country in particular prejudice and discrimination against the minority groups such as Roma population, LGBTI as well as lack of media freedom.
− Majority of the active CSOs in Macedonia are not directly linked or affiliated to similar European level umbrellas which is a missed potential for exchange of good practices in both ways.

What is your impact?

The project works toward strengthening the capacities of CSOs to advocate at the European Institutions, especially those related to human rights.
(1)Support organizations in establishing direct communication channels with EU institutions and advocate for the ideas and visions of marginalized groups;
(2) Ensure more effective lobby and fundraising activities for the issues they are working on;
(3)Strengthen the cooperation of Macedonian civil society with the relevant European umbrellas

How do you get there?

(1) Idea Labs: Open brainstorming mapping to generate advocacy ideas for European level, and identify main challenges in thematic areas of (1) working against discrimination, (2) social inclusion of marginalized groups, (3) sustainable development, (4) youth and (5) media pluralism. Their mapping will be presented on the study visit meetings
(2)Study Visit to European Institutions and Organizations in Brussels, based on advocacy meetings with MEPs and Representatives of EC, as well as International organizations in order to advocate for rights of marginalized.
(3) Each Idea Labs group implements one local advocacy initiative (round table, campaign, action) in their thematic area, upon return from study visit and feedback they will receive from political representatives they will meet.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

The project will involve civil society organizations from Macedonia, with diverse thematic background and outreach, such as LGBTI community, Roma communities, people with disability, CSOs protecting the Human Rights of smaller ethnic communities, CSOs working with youth, intercultural organizations working on transparency or local economic development etc.
The project will directly engage over 80 CSOs representatives and activists

What makes your idea stand apart?

-Is a platform for CSO representatives to work on creating original ideas and new ways of looking at existing problems and issues related to the Human Rights and related dialogue between CSOs and government.
-Uses Idea Labs as one of the most innovative ‘crowd-sourcing’ methods in allowing people to express their proposals for action.

€ 10000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 25880,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Idea Labs: 4000 euro (2 days *20pax*5labs) Travel to study visit in Brussels (22 participants *270 euro) 5940euro Accommodation and food for study visit for 22 participants for 3 days(3*22*90) 5940 euro Advocacy Initiatives per team (5 teams* 1000 euro)5000euro Office costs: 2000 euro Facilitators for Idea Labs and Study Visit (5 working days*100 euro * 6 facilitators) 3000


Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Idea created on March 9, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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