PRIORITIES FOR 2017-2020
Refugees and migrants
Economic growth has yet to show improved well-being for all income groups in North Macedonia. The wage gap remains pronounced: the country’s Gini coefficient is among the highest in the region, measured at 35.4% in 2014. A particularly vulnerable community is the Roma, estimated at around 5% of the population. The Roma experience many kinds of exclusion and outright discrimination in areas including income, healthcare, education, employment prospects, and living conditions. Persons with disabilities are a second marginalized group, only a fraction of children with disabilities receive any kind of formal education. Health is a final focus. Despite an increase in life expectancy in Macedonia, the premature mortality caused by non-communicable “lifestyle” diseases such as heart disease and diabetes is a rising concern.
By 2020, more members of socially excluded and vulnerable groups should be able to exercise their rights and enjoy a better quality of life and equitable access to basic services.
To address the problem of social division, UN agencies focus on promoting wellbeing and access to services, including inclusive and high-quality education for all. Special focus is be placed on guaranteeing accessible, affordable and adequate social services to the most vulnerable and on the development of participatory mechanisms to strengthen the voices of citizens and to increase their awareness about available services. Efforts are being undertaken to target the truly needy and to ensure that social benefits reach all those eligible.
29.3 million US dollars.