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Network for Transparency, Accountability and Integrity in Public Procurements (2018-2019)

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The overall objective of the action is to strengthen impact of civil society’s monitoring of public spending towards attainment of transparent and effective public procurements according to citizens’ needs. The action anticipates capacity building for grass-root CSOs across the country and their active involvement in monitoring of public procurements and initiation of dialogue with public institutions aimed at improving state-of-affairs in this field.

The specific objectives are: (1) active participation of CSOs in improving the legislation and introducing best practices in public procurements towards reduced corruption and enhanced effectiveness in public spending; (2) heightened understanding among stakeholders and the general public at national and local level about the need for greater transparency, accountability and integrity in public spending.

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Investigative Reporting to Boost Reforms (2016-2018)

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The action will create a core of well skilled investigative journalists, as well as a network of grass - root effective CSOs from all over the country which should contribute towards improved investigative journalism both through their work and through the cooperation with journalists.

It is expected the action to result in: increased quality and credibility of investigative journalism by improving journalists’ skills, capacities, tools and information for in-depth and fact-based reports; built operational and efficient partnerships between CSOs and the media to provide greater availability of information based on thorough and replicable investigative journalism; CSO’s introduced open data bases to fortify their activities and create resource for investigative journalism and their own further actions and public provided with better and more substantial information to make informed decisions.

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Monitoring on public procurement (2008-2018)

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The project analyses the spending of public money in Macedonia in terms of transparency, competition and equal treatment of companies, non-discrimination, economic, efficient, effective and rational use of public funds, the endeavor to get the best offer under the most favorable conditions as well as accountability for public spending. The project includes two components:

- Monitoring the implementation of the public procurement by the institutions on national and local level, by monitoring of 120 randomly selected public procurement procedures annually at the central level and 80 at the local level through direct presence at the opening of tenders, in-depth interviews with suppliers, analysis of data published on the electronic procurement system, requests for public information, etc. The monitoring results include major findings, as well as specific recommendations for measures to be taken (legally and in practice) for improving the overall public procurement system in the country.

- Index of rationality as a newly introduced instrument for the direct measurement of rationality in spending of public money. The index compares the prices at which different institutions buy exactly the same products, services or works, ranging according to deviations in terms of average price. The index serves as an indicator of the state institutions against which they will improve rationality in spending of public money. Each index includes a comparison of prices for at least five products, services and works, as well as the involvement of five to ten institutions for each of the analyzed procurement.