The Macedonia Community Development Project: Empowerment through Targeting and Institution Building

The Macedonia Community Development Project (MCDP) has evoked considerable interest among those involved in CDD because it focuses on sustainable development in a post-conflict environment and in the context of a recent decentralization initiative. Although the MCDP had a total budget of only $8.7 million and was completed in less than three years, it embodied a number of features that led to significant results. This was largely due to an innovative design that integrated multi-sector community-based projects with local institution building and empowerment. The project demonstrated that it is possible to bridge macro and micro activities by linking local communities to civil society and local governments in ways that builds up local institutions that empower the poor. The MCDP was able to effectively connect public administration policy reform with community development initiatives.