BACID – Social enterprises in active labour market policies in Macedonia

October 2016 - March 2017

Contact: Orsolya Lelkes

With funding provided by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the Austrian Association of Cities and Towns (AACT) and KDZ – Centre for Public Administration Research are implementing the programme “Capacity building in the countries of the Western Balkans and the Republic of Moldova”. It is being implemented in the period 01.12.2014 – 30.11.2017, with the aim to strengthen the governance structures of the countries in the region and to prepare them for possible accession to the European Union, with a focus on local and regional governments. The Programme is based on two relevant regional strategies, the EU Strategy for the Danube Region ( and the SEE 2020 Strategy ( It will strengthen networking of towns and cities in the Danube region and Western Balkans but also assist fostering of governance for growth in line with the Europe 2020 Strategy. In view of the Priority Theme of the “Inclusive City” and focussing on disadvantaged groups, we look for local strategies for social welfare for all municipalities in Macedonia. The action is in line with strategic guidelines defined at the regional (i.e. Danube region strategy: Pillar 3 – Building prosperity in the Danube region) and national level (i.e. Entrepreneurial Learning Strategy, 2014-2020; National Strategy for Employment and Skills, 2014-2020; Strategy for Cooperation of the Government with the Civil Society Sector, 2012-2017; The National Action Plan for Employment of the Republic of Macedonia, 2015-2016; Program of the Government of the Republic of Macedonia, 2014-2018).

  • To investigate and compare fruitful frameworks for social enterprises in Macedonia within the frames of the existing active labour market programmes across the European Union to build a strong pillar for development of social entrepreneurship in Macedonia.
  • To transfer know-how about design and implementation of support measures for the development of social entrepreneurship between Macedonian partners and the European Centre
  • To jointly propose a set of policy tools based on international practice that can enhance the capacity of regions and municipalities to support social enterprises for inclusion of disadvantaged groups.
The expected results are:
  • A written report co-authored by PUBLIC and complemented by expertise of European Centre, with a strong policy focus.
  • Increased capacity of PUBLIC to influence labour market policies that target socially disadvantaged groups in Macedonia.
  • Know-how transfer between an established think tank and PUBLIC in the area of social entrepreneurship and active labour market policy frameworks.
The following activities will be undertaken to achieve the results:
  • Act. 1: Review of existing relevant research and good practice about active labour market policies and employment of disadvantaged groups in social enterprises in Macedonia (implemented by PUBLIC).
  • Act. 2: Elaboration of the findings of the primary research conducted by PUBLIC in the project "Challenges and opportunities for employment of marginalized groups by social enterprises" (implemented by PUBLIC).
  • Act. 3: Review of international good practice and available frameworks for inclusion of disadvantaged groups through social enterprises at the local level (implemented by the European Centre).
  • Act. 4: Virtual coordinative meetings and mentoring via Skype and email communication (implemented by PUBLIC and the European Centre to exchange feedback and share knowledge).
  • Act. 5: Preparation of a joint report entitled "Nurturing social enterprises in active labour market policies framework for inclusive local growth in Macedonia" (implemented by PUBLIC, with comments by the European Centre).
  • Act. 6: Dissemination of findings via networks listed above (implemented by PUBLIC).
Project partner
PUBLIC – Association for Research, Communications and Development, Macedonia

Project co-ordinator: Orsolya Lelkes
External project co-ordinator: Klimentina Ilijevski, PUBLIC – Association for Research, Communications and Development,
Funded by: Austrian Association of Cities and Towns (AACT)

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