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Implementation & coordination of the decentralization process: Technical assistance, North Macedonia
Implementation & coordination of the decentralization process: Technical assistance, North Macedonia

CATEGORY: Socioeconomic development, Economic Development, Public Administration

LOCATION: North Macedonia

START/END: 2005-2006

CONSULTANCY BUDGET: 944,450 €

CLIENT: European Agency for Reconstruction (EAR)

ORIGIN OF FUNDING: CARDS

LDK’s BUDGET SHARE: 100%

STAFF PROVIDED: 20

Implementation & coordination of the decentralization process: Technical assistance, North Macedonia

Type of Services

The role of LDK and the provided services included:

  • facilitation of the preparation of a 10-month action plan for the Government's Working Group for Decentralisation, along with its approval;
  • organization of meetings and workshops;
  • provision of policy improvement proposals and arrangement of planning and policy making workshops;
  • proposal of measures to minimize the effects of potential risks of the competence transfer and the ways to counter the resistance to the reform;
  • definition of the roles and responsibilities of each entity involved;
  • identification and support of the initial steps of the competence transfer;
  • assistance in the development of a monitoring process;
  • establishment of performance indicators for the competence transfer; and
  • establishment of a municipal database linked to other relevant government data.

 

Description

The overall objective of the project was to enable the Government of North Macedonia to start concrete competence transfer from central government to municipalities. Assistance was given to the Ministry of Local Self Government (MoLSG) to carry out its responsibilities as a coordinator of the Government's decentralization programme and to enhance the operational capabilities of line ministries and municipalities in competence transfer, in line with the SAA, the Ohrid Framework Agreement and The European Partnership.
More specifically the project aimed at:

  • the strengthening of the administrative capacities to supervise and facilitate the decentralization process, including central level, in particular the MoLSG, as well as the other line ministries in their own areas of competence;
  • the ensuring of a smooth and coordinated transfer of competencies especially in the priority fields;
  • the improvement of the monitoring and evaluation capacity of the central government.

The MoLSG lead the decentralization reform and coordinated the sectoral competence transfer, while the Central Government monitored the reform and supervised the overall performance.

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