The main goal of this project was to support the improvement of the financial sustainability of civil organizations in Macedonia by creating a suitable legal environment for social contracts. The project Social contracts for sustainability was conducted between November 2015 and July 2017. The social contract implies the government and other government institutions to decentralize and delegate some of their responsibilities as providers of social services to vulnerable groups to other entities (i.e. Civil organizations) where the budget predicted for performance of these activities shall also be distributed to other social service providers. Within the scope of the project, a comparative analysis was conducted of the regulation on social contracts in the field of social help in Macedonia and the other countries in the region of Southeast Europe and the countries in the European Union. The report of this analysis was presented before more than 120 representatives from public institutions in the field of social protection, regional centers for social work, the local self-government and civil organizations in the coutry. In accordance with the recommendations of the experts involved in the project and in accordance with the findings and recommendations from the Comparative analysis, proposals to alter the legal regulation have been prepared, which would allow the introduction of the social contracts model in Macedonia. After their preparation, these documents have been presented and discussed with the expert public during public events held in Skopje and in six other cities (Bitola, Strumica, Ohrid, Tetovo, Veles and Shtip) in Macedonia in order to acquire feedback for their improvement. During February 2017, a National conference for introduction of the model of social contracts in the Republic of Macedonia was organized. Around 150 representatives attended the conference from: The EU delegation, the Regional office of SOS Children’s village, SOS Children’s villages in Armenia, Kosovo, Albania, Bulgaria, Finland, Ukraine, international experts, UNICEF, GIZ, the Ministry of labor and social policy, the Institute for social activities, the Centers for social work, the Local self-government – department for social protection, Civil organizations, partners of the project etc. Furthermore, two analyses have been conducted with a focus on RIA – Regulatory Impact Assessment and CBA – Cost Benefit Analysis through the project “Introduction of the model for social service provision based on social contracts” which is funded by UNICEF and implemented by SOS Children’s village Macedonia. At the end of the project, the following documents have been submitted to the Minister of labor and social policy, with the aim of implementing the social contracts model in Macedonia, as soon as possible.
- Draft proposal for the bylaw for regulation of the social contracts model with included mechanisms for conclusion of contracts.
- Draft Standards and procedures for licensing of organisations – social services providers
- Proposals for changes of the laws in order to fully implement the social contracts model in the Republic of Macedonia.
- Comparative analysis of the application of the social contracts model in countries in the European Union and the application of the regulation in the Republic of Macedonia
- Assessment of the effect of the regulation on the adoption of the social contracts model in the Republic of Macedonia.
- A cost-effectiveness analysis and cost-benefit analysis and costs from the introduction of the social contracts model in the Republic of Macedonia