About The Project

The project in brief

In November 2018 the UNDP and the Swedish international development agency (SIDA) have signed the Project document, marking the start of the implementation of the project „Building municipal capacity for project implementation”. One of the three main objectives of this Project is to „design, establish and manage a Technical documentation fund that would provide the financial resources that less-developed municipalities need to undertake necessary preparatory work (including urbanization plans) for development projects that are eligible for EU, state or donor funding, either through direct grants or low-interest loans.“.

The Project is also expected to set-up a Municipal development index, an evidence based policy making tool that will help the Government, the donors and other stakeholders in regional development policy to determine which are the less-developed municipalities according to the set of indicators, based on statistical and other officially available data. Gender mainstreaming will be effectively considered in all aspects of the implementation of the project as well as gender disaggregated data so as to identify different needs and priorities for men and women.

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1 Милион $

available funding
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Support for developing

basic infrastructure projects
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Evidence based

policy making

Municipal Development Index

At the moment there is no reliable tool to determine the exact level of socio-economic development in the 80 municipalities in North Macedonia, to compare them among themselves or to consistently measure the progress made in service delivery at the municipal level. To fill this gap, UNDP is developing the Municipal Development Index (MDI) based on a range of simple, objective and easily available indicators that allows to examine the performance and progress of the 80 Municipalities in North Macedonia across a range of relevant development dimensions. UNDP will use the index as one of the criteria to decide which municipalities to be funded through the Technical Development Fund (TDF). The index supports municipalities to increase their possibilites for funding of their most important infrastructure projects. The intended audience of the index includes wide range of policymakers, especially the Bureau for Regional Development of the Ministry of Local Self-Government and other independent bodies such as the Statistics Office, the donors and development organizations, as well as NGOs and civil society organizations.

The MDI aims to draw for inspiration upon the targets established in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are global —used to compare countries through a range of internationally-comparable indicators for 17 goals— but their targets are directly related to the responsibilities of local governments, particularly to their role in delivering basic services. “Localizing SDGs” has become an important concept over the last few years, where the achievement of SDGs will depend on each country’s ability to make them a reality at sub-national levels, i.e. municipalities and planning regions in the case of North Macedonia.

Functional analysis of the local governance system

As part of the project, the Functional analysis of the Ministry of Local Self-Government (MLSG) institutional structure has been developed. The analysis to provides a set of recommendations that would serve as a basis for the upcoming reform process. Implicitly, this engagement will support the project in its efforts to lay the foundation for a UNDP’s sustained assistance to MLSG in planning and carrying out the reform.

Technical Documentation Fund (TDF)

The objective of the Technical Documentation Fund is to increase the municipalities’ capacity to prepare basic and more complex (infrastructure) development projects that will be ready for funding from other sources. The specific objectives of the Technical Documentation Fund are:

To strengthen municipal capacity to develop, finance and implement good quality local development projects;
To provide immediate funding to those most in need for preparation of development projects, in expectation of new funding lines for this purpose;
To promote Municipal development index and the SDGs and related indicators as the elements of planning and implementing balanced and sustainable regional and rural development policies and measures;
To further increase the quality of life for both women and men, primarily in the most underdeveloped municipalities and for the most vulnerable social groups.