Decentralised MATRA and Human Rights Funds
Programme objective: Supporting a continued process of social transformation and democratization, based on the rule of law and a balanced relationship between government (strong public institutions) and its citizens (civil society). Projects with a regional scope/component to the benefit of good neighborly relations are welcomed, as are projects targeting communities outside of Skopje, especially young change agents.
With MATRA, the emphasis is on the development of democracies governed by the rule of law. Under the heading fundamental rights this includes activities that aim to strengthen the social and interethnic cohesion in society. Fundamental rights projects proper, with a focus on women and LGBTI rights, are covered with the Human Rights Fund (HRF). Overall, the embassy targets the following results:
- professional and independent judiciary;
- public order and professional and robust law enforcement (incl. security sector reform, accountability, preventing and combatting organized crime and corruption, preventing and countering radicalization and violent extremism);
- good governance and transparent and accountable public administration (incl. citizen empowerment, effective (parliamentary) oversight, electoral reform and election monitoring, professional and independent media);
- respect for fundamental rights (incl. women, LGBTI, freedom of expression, safety of journalists, interethnic and social cohesion).