Citizens Against Corruption is USAID project implemented by Macedonian Center for International Cooperation (MCIC) in partnership with Center for Civil Communications (CCC), Institute for Democracy Societas Civilis, Skopje (IDSCS), Economic Chamber of North Macedonia (ECNM), 360 Degrees, Investigative Reporting Lab, Macedonia (IRL), and Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, Macedonia (BIRN).
Project's overall objective is a more efficient and rational use of budget funds by the Government and municipalities that respond to the citizens’ real needs. Specific objective is reduction of the negative effects on citizens’ lives caused by the impact of the financial and energy crisis on the budget expenditures of the state and municipalities.
The project includes activities to reduce corruption and misuse of public funds of local governments by increasing the transparency, accountability and integrity of local institutions and implementation of measures provided in the National Strategy for Prevention of Corruption and Conflict of Interest 2021-2025. The project is implemented with financial support from the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
The project aims at increasing Western Balkans (WB) civil society impact on anti-corruption policies and practices during the public procurement (PP) cycle by utilizing the EU integration as a transformative agenda. There are four major target groups addressed by the action in order to achieve set goals in all participating countries: 1) civil society organizations, media and journalists; 2) national governments and public bodies; 3) business sector; 4) the EU institutions participating in the enlargement process.