On 15 January the Rural Coalition organized an Initial Promotional Event at which the public was introduced in detail to the activities that the Rural Coalition will implement in the next 18 months, within the project “Digitization in Agriculture – NOW!”. As a representative of the Metamorphosis Foundation, Mila Josifovska Danilovska, Manager of the Social Accountability and Human Rights Online Program, who presented the ICEDA project and the regional network, addressed the event, emphasizing the importance of the civil society sector in providing support to citizens for wider use of e-services.

The project “Digitalization in Agriculture Project – NOW!” will be realized for 18 months on the territory of 5 municipalities, namely: Krivogaštani, Staro Nagoričane, Vrapčiste, Kičevo and Strumica. It will aim to increase the trust of electronic issuance of documents by institutions, but also to increase the level of digital literacy among the local population.

A local e-support center will also be opened in Kičevo, which will directly offer support for the citizens to be able to easily receive the services electronically and in that way to reduce the crowds in front of the counters of the institutions.

The Rural Coalition is one of the three organizations from North Macedonia that has become part of the ICEDA network – Increasing Civic Engagement in the Digital Agenda and which in the coming period will work on establishing and managing a civic center to support e-government through which will help farmers and the rural population in general in the use of e-services, but also to increase digital literacy at the local level. Apart from North Macedonia, such activities within the ICEDA network will be implemented in Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia, within the project “Increasing Civic Participation in the Digital Agenda – ICEDA” implemented by the Metamorphosis Foundation (North Macedonia). Academy for e-Government (Estonia), Levizja Mjfat! (Albania), CRTA – Center for Research, Transparency and Accountability (Serbia), NGO 35mm (Montenegro) and ODK – Open Data Kosovo (Kosovo). The project is being implemented with financial support from the European Union.

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