After determining the most vulnerable areas to corruption in Macedonia in the first phase of the project, by means of this project a total of 156 concrete measures that need to be taken by the authorities were created and recommended in order to narrow the room for corruption. The project included a comparison with the best practices from other countries, a series of workshops on which experts and representatives from the interested parties discussed and suggested ways to narrow the room for corruption, prioritizing the measures and sending them to the relevant institutions and the media, as well as monitoring their implementation.
As part of the project, a total of 68 journalists from 16 local TV stations from all cities in Macedonia were trained. The trainings took place on the very spot in the newsrooms of the local media, as well as on the field during their everyday work. They were directed toward enhancing the skills of the journalists for focusing their stories on the interest of the citizens from the local community and toward improving the informing of the citizens about issues that relate to their everyday life, about which these citizens can only get informed precisely through the local media. The project was financially supported by the Program for Small Grants of the US Embassy in Macedonia.
The trainers from the Center conducted four regional trainings for about 30 journalists from the local media in order to enhance their abilities and capacities for researching and reporting on the work of the local government in light of the increased authorities of the local government, and in its turn the increased role of the local media for reporting on issues of interest of the citizens in the municipalities. The training also resulted in devising a Guide for journalistic reporting for representatives of the local media in Macedonia, published in both Macedonian and Albanian. The project was financially supported by the Program for Local Government of USAID Macedonia.
In fact, this project meant implementing the individual action plans of the representatives of the Center, who devised them during the training for improving the capacity for fighting against corruption, conducted by international experts of Crown Agents. Within the project, the Center trained a group of 8 journalists from leading local media for investigating and reporting on corruption, who then came up with their own investigative stories based on what they had learned and on the individual action plans completed in the course of the training. As a result of the project, CCC published the Manual for Journalists for Investigating and Reporting on Corruption, which it distributed among about 200 journalists from all media in the country. The project was supported by the program World Learning and USAID Macedonia.