As part of USAID’s Civic Engagement Project, the Metamorphosis Foundation conducted a two-day online training on Open City. The training was held on 4 and 5 November 2020.

The training is part of the activities implemented within the Open City Initiative.

The event was opened by Mr Edward Gonzalez, Director of USAID’s General Development Office in North Macedonia. The training was attended by 33 representatives of civil society organizations from the country.

The training aimed to raise awareness and increase the knowledge of civil society representatives about the Open City Initiative.

During the two-day training, participants had the opportunity to gain knowledge about the concept of Open City and the benefits of its implementation, models for participatory decision-making at the local level, the concept of open data and their use, openness index and methodology for tactical use of data.

The Open City Initiative aims to promote the transparency and participation of municipalities and to help them learn and apply new tools and approaches to increase constructive and productive cooperation with citizens to improve the delivery of public services in municipalities. The Open City training contributed to the improvement of the capacities of the civil society organizations to work with the municipalities and also the capacity of citizens to help strengthen the cooperation and the provision of services.