Free and professional media plays a crucial role in providing knowledge and in giving voice to citizens, disclosing corruption and developing a culture of criticism where citizens are less fearful about questioning government action and empowered to meaningfully participate in democratic processes. Metamorphosis Foundation recognizes that an informed citizenry and is vital to ensuring public and private sector accountability. Moreover, broad public access to information and the freedom to create and communicate ideas are critical to the advancement of knowledge, economic opportunity and human potential.
Social accountability is the key approach to address governance issues. It enables information related to the concerns and the priorities of the citizens to be presented directly to government officials who have the capacity and mandate to act and make change happen. We believe that this approach will contribute efficiently in creating citizen-centric governments at all levels based on principles of good governance.
Citizens today live in communities that include distinct, manifold kinds of environments. The world has become a complex entanglement of physical reality, technologies, digital media and social networks. As such, they are faced with a whole new series of challenges and opportunities, and live, act and make choices as digital citizens. Metamorphosis recognizes that citizens today, in all their multiple capacities, require education that will provide them a set of skills that are essential to navigate the complexities of modern life in competent manner. (more…)
By 2023 Metamorphosis will be at the forefront of the promotion of human rights online - helping communities face the enormous changes that stem from the increased impact of new technologies (including big data, artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology and genetics). Metamorphosis will focus on the protection of privacy and freedom of expression by strengthening citizens’ and institutions’ capacities (including through grant making) for digital citizenship. This approach will reconfirm Metamorphosis’ role as an integrator and a trend-setter in Macedonia and the Balkans.
Social innovations represent new strategies, concepts, ideas and organizations dealing with social needs of all kinds - working conditions, education, community development, health – and strengthening civil society.
Metamorphosis is working to develop innovative ways of learning, digitization of educational resources, open access that allows free access to peer-reviewed scientific and scholarly journal articles, promotion and distribution of open educational resources, adaptation, localization, creation of guidelines and distribution of open source software . Metamorphosis also encourages the development of e-content in local languages in Macedonia by providing tools for their promotion and creation.
Subprograms within the framework of this program: New Media and Free Culture.
The topic of environment is emphasized during the past several years due to the substantial pollution, harmful gas emissions, the problem with the management of large quantities of waste and many other environmental problems affecting the environment, and affecting the quality of life.
Metamorphosis conducts activities for education and advocacy aimed at raising the awareness about electronic waste as an important issue when it comes to dealing with waste.
Metamorphosis also focuses on green IT – which aims to reduce waste materials, maximize energy efficiency and product life and promote recycling and biodegradability of products and waste.
Subprograms within the framework of this program: E-waste and Green IT.
Human rights and freedoms are the basic criteria reflecting the role of the citizen in a society, and the most concrete indicator of a government's character.
Metamorphosis is committed to the development of democracy and improvement of the quality of life through innovative application and dissemination of knowledge, and supports the use of new technologies for creating new spaces enabling a public debate and exchange of objective information, in parallel with the efforts for increasing digital literacy and fighting hate speech.
Subprograms within the framework of this program: Privacy and Security, Freedom of Expression and Access Rights for All.
Good governance is the way in which public institutions deal with public affairs and manage public funds. Governance is the decision-making process and the process in which decisions are implemented or not.
Metamorphosis works to raise the awareness of opinion makers and decision makers on a national and regional level by gathering local and foreign experts and local journalists, political representatives and other relevant stakeholders at lectures, conferences, seminars, open debates and online forums.
Metamorphosis also helps institutions with solutions and consultations for ICT for development of e-services in order to improve their cooperation with the citizens and encourage citizen engagement in debates on public issues.
Subprograms within the framework of this program: Transparency and Accountability and e-Governance.