After conducting a comprehensive research on democratic participation in youth organisations, Center for Intercultural Dialogue in partnership with three other organisations from Europe organised a multipliers event meant at bringing together representatives from youth organisations that are interested in improvng their organisational management. The event happened on the 19 and 20 of November in Skopje and Kumanovo, as part of the KA2 project ”Honeycomb Of Participation In National Level Youth Organizations”, financed through the Erasmus+ Programme.

The Honeycomb project lasted from January to December 2015 and presents a series of events that happened in Macedonia and in the partner countries: training courses, conferences, research on democratic participation, meetings of the working team. Since the project is aproaching its end, the partners are looking at the outcomes together with other representatives of youth organisations from Macedonia and Europe, in order to identify the space for improvement in organisational management.

During the first day in Skopje, Gabrijela Boshkov and Milosh Ristovski talked about the project and presented the results from the study that was conducted in 4 countries. Following the presentation, participants split into three groups and came up with recommendations on how to improve organisational management on local, national and international level.

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The discussion intensified when the topic of meaningful participation was touched upon. Some participants expressed concerns about the openness of educational institutions and decision-making bodies to collaborate with youth organisations; as an answer, the representatives of Scouts Macedonia mentioned that ”it up to us to sell our story in a good way”, the scouts having an extensive history of collaboration with schools. Milos Ristovski added that it is equally important to work with teachers and decision-makers in order for them to understand why we are doing youth workand to be able to cooperate. The transfer of knowledge is closely linked to the development of skills and attitudes, concluded Gabriela Boshkov.

The second part of the workshop happened in Kumanovo, in the MultiKulti youth centre. The participants received a copy of the training-kit developed as a result of the research and the training courses that took place in Poznan (Poland) and in Struga (Macedonia). Gabriela Boshkov explained the elements that the training-kit contains and invited the present colleagues to use the assessment tools available in the t-kit to determine the situation of their own organisations in terms of democratic participation of its members and to come up with recommendations for improvement. The assessment questionnaire was received positively, with comments on how to make the ranking scale more specific to fit different types of organisations.

The training-kit and the research are available in an electronic format here.