IFCD | Results of the last cycle

CultuReg

Project ID: 2017-52
Name of applicant:
Association for the support and promotion of culture Contineo 2020
Country of applicant:
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Type of applicant:
NGO
Amount requested:
96.140,00
Beneficiary country(ies):
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Status:
Non Elegible
Total Score: 0

IFCD Application form - Anonymous - 13/04/2017 - 2:20am

Submission Information
Please review and agree to the three terms and conditions below:: 
Commit to respect the provisions of paragraph 25 of the Guidelines.
Acknowledge that, in the case of approval, a funding contract will be signed both by UNESCO and the applicant.
Certify that all information contained in this application is truthful. I also certify that any documents provided in support of my application are authentic and accurate.
Date: 
2017
Full Name of the representative of the applicant as Signature: 
Bojana Stojmenovska

IFCD Submissions details

Preselection | National Commissions Review

IFCD Preselection form - Natcom The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia - 29/05/2017 - 12:13pm

1. Name and contact details of officer from the National Commission for UNESCO
Title: 
Ms
Family name: 
Topuzovska
Given name: 
Lidija
Position: 
Secretary General of Macedonian National Commission for UNESCO
Address: 
Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia, Gjuro Gjakovic no.61
Postcode: 
1000
Town: 
Skopje
Telephone: 
+389 2 3240 517, +389 2 3240 591
2. Justification of pre-selection
What are the main reasons for having pre-selected this project proposal, as compared to other proposals received by the National Commission for UNESCO?: 
The projects is unique and has an innovative approach to assembling the majority of the participants active in the cultural scene in Macedonia and three other eligible countries (Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro). Creating CultuReg will be of great importance for creating national policies in the future, as it is already explained in the project. There is a fast growing alternative scene that has a great potential for socio-economic improvement, however not belonging to an entity or established group imposes serious limitations that could eventually put individuals or various forms of collectives in the idle stage or push them out of the market. Moreover, a database which includes individuals and groups which work with new forms of artistic expression that are not traditionally classified as ‘art’ will open new possibilities for the local market.
3. The applicant institution/organization
What elements demonstrate that the applicant institution/organization is a significant stakeholder in the culture sector (locally / nationally / internationally)?: 
Having a proved experience of four years organization of one of the biggest art fairs in Macedonia, the International Fair of Contemporary Art Paratissima Skopje, with significant numbers of national and international participants, Contineo 2020 is an already established stakeholder in the cultural scene with whom the Ministry of Culture has very positive cooperation in the last several years and has provided (financial) support. The organization has a vast network of collaborators from different direct and indirect subjects active in the cultural and artistic sector and has been recognized as one of the key stakeholders who are contributing to the shaping of the national scene, being referred to for expertise by new and ongoing initiatives present in the country.
4. Relevance of the pre-selected project proposal
4.1. What are the main current needs and priorities in your country in terms of cultural policies and/or cultural industries?: 
The cultural policies and cultural industries in Macedonia have a great potential however, they need systematizing and clustering in order for the potential to surface and develop. Among the priorities in Macedonia, related to the cultural policies and cultural industries, is the need to clarify the status of the participants and be able to access their past, current and future projects in order to better understand the level of development of these individuals and/or organizations. Other priorities include the need to facilitate access to funding sources, diversification of the contents available in the representative institutions (galleries, museums, etc) and stimulate the ‘supply and demand’ exchange among the audience and the artists. These priorities are apparent if we consider the Ministry of Culture’s choice of funded initiatives which fall under the category ‘projects national interest’ organized by other entities which are not public/national institutions but are managed by the civil society sector.
4.2. How do the objectives of this pre-selected project proposal meet the current needs and priorities of the country in terms of cultural policies and/or cultural industries?: 
The national institutions are already in the process of formulating strategies for the cultural industries and establishing the national cultural policies; throughout this process they have recognized the necessity to establish close collaboration with the civil society sector, considering it as one of their crucial ally in the mapping of new and diverse formats of cultural engagement. In this sense CultuReg is a welcomed initiative which shares common goals among all partaking entities in the country, especially considering its open source format and accessibility. The benefit of the projects’ objectives is common because the CultuReg will initiate its process based on the information available and published by the public institutions and will complement it with additional and more extensive data regarding participants from traditional and alternative cultural and artistic industries, which in return the public institutions will use for improving their current and future policies.
4.3. To what extent do you expect this pre-selected project proposal to have an impact on the country’s cultural policies and/or cultural industries?: 
This initiative is the first of its kind coming from the civil sector and engaging with the cultural industries and policies; therefore our evaluation is that according to the formulation of the project and the partnerships and regional development noted, the applicant has an accurate perception of the sectors’ necessities and a clear vision of what data will contribute to fruitful developments of the national strategies and policies related to culture and the creative industries.
5. Feasibility of the pre-selected project proposal
5.1. What elements demonstrate the applicant’s organizational capacity and competence to manage the project and implement the work plan?: 
As already mentioned, Contineo 2020 team has proven track of active participation in the field of cultural and art industries. They are successfully organizing the International Fair of Contemporary Art Paratissima Skopje, and are already an established brand that is recognized by the other participants in the field of culture. In particular, they are invited to similar events to give public speeches and testimonials about their experience of reaching out to mass public, engaging new audiences and creating new and innovative environments for the prosperity and merging of emerging and established actors on the market. Their approach to collaborations which includes the involvement of all stakeholders public, private and individual is a system which speaks for their capacity and experience in generating results. At the same time, they have already implemented a self-evaluation which has led them to understand the need for additional research and methodology capacities, so they have established cooperation with a research think-tank organization that can give full support in all the stages of the project, so that the CultuReg will satisfy practitioners as well as analyst and policy needs.
5.2. What types of procedures have been foreseen by the applicant institution/organization to ensure financial accountability?: 
We have evaluated the budget; all the units in it are related to the execution of the project. Contracting expenses related to IT and marketing agency are accurate. The plan for regular external auditing is also in place.
7. The pre-selection process at the national level

Lidija Topuzovska

Full name: 
Lidija Topuzovska
Organization: 
Macedonian National Commission for UNESCO
Position: 
Secretary General
Date: 
Monday, May 29, 2017
Full Name of the representative of the National Commission as Signature: 
Mrs. Lidija Topuzovska, Secretary General

IFCD Submissions details

Eligibility | Technical Assessment

IFCD Eligibility form - n_ametller - 30/10/2017 - 4:47pm

Eligibility Status: 
Non eligible
Reasons for non-eligibility: 
- The proposed project focuses on the creation of a database and therefore falls outside the relevant areas of intervention for the IFCD. In accordance with paragraph 7.1 of the Operational Guidelines for the IFCD, “Funds will be allocated for projects that: introduce and/or develop policies and strategies that have a direct effect on the creation, production, distribution, and access to a diversity of cultural goods, services and activities; and strengthen corresponding institutional infrastructure, including professional capacities and organizational structures, deemed necessary to support viable local and regional cultural industries and markets in developing countries”.
Technical Examination
Submitted by the deadline: 
Yes
Application Form submitted either in English or French: 
Yes
Maximum amount requested is US$ 100,000 or below: 
Yes
Project implementation period is between 12 and 24 months: 
Yes
All sections of the Form are completed: 
Yes
Signature of applicant: 
Yes
The applicant does not have an ongoing IFCD funded project: 
Yes
Falls within the areas of intervention of IFCD: 
No