On 25 and 26 November 2021, a two-day training session was held on the ‘Participatory Strategic Local Planning and Civic Participation’ and targeted the Community Actions Groups and the Roma local community in the 15 partner municipalities: KrivaPalanka, Strumica, Suto Orizari, Debar, Kocani, Bitola, Veles, Vinica, Stip, Delchevo, Berovo, Kicevo, Tetovo and Prilep. The training was led and organised by the ROMACTED II Support Team – Council of Europe Programme Office in Skopje and Romalitico – Institute for Research and Policy Analysis.
The training focused on the forms of civic participation at the local level, introduction to strategic planning, setting goals and priorities, ways of community organising at the local level.
The sessions were delivered to strengthen the capacities and skills in the planning process of the Community Action Groups as well as in the process of preparing goals and priorities at the local level and their active participation in the work of local self-government. The acquired skills and information will enhance the understanding of active citizenship among the community members, especially regarding the process of planning municipal policies and activities.
Both training sessions targeted close to 80 representatives of the local community in the 15 partner municipalities. By the end of the training, the participants emphasised that such training was beneficial and encouraging for incoming plans and activities in their communities and municipalities.