Sustainable and Inclusive Regional Economic Development in Macedonia

Progetto concluso

The level of development of Macedonia‘s eight regions is highly unequal. A national structure for balanced regional development has been built up since 2007. SDC will contribute to the establishment of a national system for coordination and monitoring for balanced regional development. In the regions, good governance will be enhanced; project development and implementation capacities will be improved with focus on the less developed regions. These measures will ensure greater allocation of funds to the underdeveloped regions.

Paese/Regione Tema Periodo Budget
Macedonia del Nord
Impiego & sviluppo economico
Sviluppo delle piccole e medie imprese (PMI)
01.11.2015 - 30.09.2021
CHF  4’260’000

In line with the process of decentralization that started in 2002, and in the framework of the EU accession process, to foster balanced regional development, in 2007 the Government set legal, policy, and institutional framework, with the support of several donors (BMZ, SDC, EU). The country was divided into eight planning regions - administrative entities mandated to work on policy development, statistical data compilation and inter-municipal cooperation on regionally managed topics, e.g. waste management. However, the gap between the most and least developed region is closing only slowly, and significant economic disparities in the development of different parts of Macedonia still persist.


The disparities in the development among and within the planning regions are decreased, and as a consequence, citizens, in particular those of the less developed regions in the country, have better living conditions.

Gruppi target

National Council for Balanced Regional Development, Cabinet of the Vice Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Ministry of Local Self-government, Bureau for Regional Development, Regional Councils and Centres for Regional Development, municipalities, citizens (especially in the least developed regions).

Effetti a medio termine
  • The Government allocates and implements funds for balanced regional development in a transparent and predictable manner and according to the level of development of the planning regions
  • Citizens' needs and demands, including those of the vulnerable groups, are systematically included by RCs in regional development planning
  • Centres for Regional Development in all eight planning regions, in particular the less developed ones, improve their effectiveness and efficiency

Risultati principali attesi:  

  • A national system for coordination and monitoring for balanced regional development established
  • Mechanisms for citizens' participation, transparency, and accountability established in all 8 planning regions
  • Capacities for project development and implementation built in all 8 regions and a pipeline of large-scale projects developed

Risultati fasi precedenti:  


a) Lack of transparency in allocation of national funds;

b) Insufficient transparency, accountability and participation in decision making at the regional level;

c) Incompetitive regions and weak project development and implementation capacities at the regional level;

d) the national partners confirmed their commitment to the programme, including financial contribution.

Key results of the entry phase:

a) procedures for coordination of the line ministries and technical specification for a monitoring System were developed;

b) lnclusion of the private sector, civil society and academia in planning and decision-making at the regional level was facilitated;

c) regional innovation strategies were developed and pilot measures were implemented.

Direzione/Ufficio responsabile DSC
Credito Cooperazione con l'Europa dell'Est
Partner del progetto Partner contrattuale
ONG internazionale o straniera
Economia privata
Instituzione statale straniera
  • Central State of South East
  • Other international or foreign NGO North
  • Settore privato straniero Sud/Est

Coordinamento con altri progetti e attori

Coordination with EU Delegation and UNDP, who are active in the same area, was already initiated in the entry phase.

Budget Fase in corso Budget Svizzera CHF    4’260’000 Budget svizzero attualmente già speso CHF    3’854’101
Fasi del progetto Fase 2 01.10.2021 - 30.09.2025   (Fase in corso)

Fase 1 01.11.2015 - 30.09.2021   (Completed)