ERIC Number: ED466973
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: Political and Civic Participation. Quarterly Reports, 2001.
National Democratic Inst. for International Affairs, Washington, DC.
The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) has provided democratization assistance in Macedonia since 1993 in the areas of civic education, election monitoring, voter education, political party building, and parliamentary development. Since 1999, NDI has conducted a program designed to increase the capacity of members of parliament (MPs) to play a substantive role in legislative development. In late 1999, at the request of group leaders and MPs, NDI expanded the scope of its work to include constituent liaison assistance, a parliamentary internship program, and consultations on the implications of transitioning from a part-time to a full-time parliament. The NDI's long-term goal in Macedonia is for the parliament to build and maintain ties with the electorate, to draft and analyze legislation, and to construct legislative oversight. To this end, NDI has set forth six objectives for Macedonia: (1) a professional nonpartisan staff is created or is in process of creation; (2) parliamentary commissions conduct public hearings to incorporate citizen input into legislation and strengthen legislative deliberation and oversight; (3) members of parliament and parliamentary staff have skills with which to conduct legislative affairs through expanded information technology; (4) an expanded group of parliamentary interns increases legislative research skills and begins to work outside the party caucus groups in other parliamentary domains, such as commissions; (5) members of parliament and non-governmental organizations strengthen their interaction on legislation; and (6) members of parliament employ constituent relations techniques that contribute to parliamentary accountability and citizen representation. Work in 2001 was hampered by a conflict between Macedonian forces and ethnic Albanian insurgents. Yet, the following was accomplished: (1) additional MPs held office hours; (2) some progress was made with the parliamentary information technology component and through the parliamentary internship program; (3) Macedonia prepared for parliamentary elections in early 2002; and (4) focus groups were conducted, election-related activities were prepared, and the parliamentary development program was continued. (BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Agency for International Development (IDCA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Democratic Inst. for International Affairs, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Macedonia