Project Title: Microenterprise development project for women in the cross-border area

Project number: IPA/2016/152956-2/23

Contracting Authority: European Commission

Cross-border Programme the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia - Albania under the Instrument of Pre-accession Assistance (IPA II) allocations for 2014 & 2015

Start date: 1.02.2018

End date: 30.06.2020

Project leader: Center for Change Management (CCM)

Project Partner:

  • Center for Comparative and International Studies
  • Foundation for Support of Women and Youth Entrepreneurship EGALITE
  • Institute For Human Rights Skopje

  • Project Descriptions and objectives

    The project will in general increase competitiveness of women and strengthen the women entrepreneurship in Polog and Elbasan regions and provide sustainable solutions for development of women`s micro and small businesses in the cross-border area. Under the auspices of this overall objective there are three specific objectives:

    Objective 1: To increase personal entrepreneurial skills and business competencies of women engaged in formal or informal business; This objective is oriented toward skills improvement in order that women become more competitive at the market – women get more confidence, increased managerial skills and competences in planning the business, financial management, risk mitigation etc.

    Objective 2: To provide legal support services in doing business – in order to accept the rights and obligations in doing the business, make informative choices and get advice for a range of legal and administrative matters that entrepreneurs encounter in everyday work.

    Objective 3: To improve on production, access to market and leverage possibilities for business development and cross-border cooperation and trade between rural areas and bigger urban centers at the regional and international markets – provide information for increased technologies, create business advisory platform for economic development, marketing, access to market and sale, development of partnerships in order to facilitate on development of start-ups and SMEs growth and development.

    Objective 4: To enhance/revise the local and national policy measures for support of women entrepreneurship – get the local and national authorities together with other stakeholders in revision of existing policies for support of women entrepreneurship in the cross-border region.