How many more answers for the rough estimations?
“The media have really criticized you!” This was the usual comment of those who mean (no) harm regarding the articles in the daily and weekly papers (more rarely in the electronic media) in the days when there was an extremely high interest concerning the work of the civil society organizations in Macedonia. Such an interest about the civil society organizations has not been recorded since the elections for SSUKM president in 2002 when, unfortunately, due to the negative news, it reached the front pages of the papers and the news headlines in the electronic media.
But, how did we profit from that high interest? Rough criticism mostly. You cannot believe who started working out numbers! They say there is a civil society organization on every corner in Macedonia, whereas in Croatia, a country with 5 million inhabitants, there are only 270!!!It’s a shame that there were so many attempts for animating the research journalism, I say to myself. However, it doesn’t take much of a research in order to get to the number of civil society organizations in Croatia; you can simply ask any organization from Macedonia, or go to Google and search for “udruge”, that will take you to the web-site of the government sector for civil society organizations – and then you can analyze as much as you want to! Of course, you can do that, unless your intention was different. By the way, there are 30.416 registered civil society organizations in Croatia, which is twice than in Macedonia, having in mind the number of inhabitants in the country.
The next, more “problematic” topic is the money. “No one knows how much money they have”! Why don’t you ask, then? Thanks god, the number of civil society organizations that publish their annual and financial reports is growing. There, one can find as many numbers as they want to. Some organizations publish the independent auditing opinion regarding those financial reports. In 2002 and in 2004, MCIC published the Projects of the civil society organizations in Macedonia. The 42nd edition of The Civic World presents the results of the second edition of that publication, including the financial assets used for the implementation of 658 projects in 2002 and 2003. Those projects cost almost 13 million Euros. There’s a number! There’s money! And it is published for the public to access it on www.graganskisvet.org.mk. But, it takes someone to ask. To look for. Also, in the same publication one can find information on “who gave the money” and how many people were involved in the projects’ implementation.
As far as the influence is concerned, I would like to invite you to the promotion of Index of the civil society in Macedonia “After 15 years transition – from stabilization to civil participation. There, you can hear something more about the influence, the values, the structure and the environment of the civil society in Macedonia. Analyses based on facts and data which have been collected and analyzed by a lot of people for almost two years. I am talking analyses and facts, not some rough estimations.