Many years ago I thought that building a civil society was an endless challenge that allowed everyone intellectual development. Years ago I started out with a strong belief that getting better and making the change would be enough. But as Indira Gandhi said "The power of the question is the basis of all human progress".
Asking and researching, the Center for Citizen Initiative was born. Like all small children temperamental in behavior and praised for ambition we thought that the change would happen very quickly, very easily. We soon realized that society is a living cell much older than our ambitions and challenges that we thought we would easily achieve. Soon the little temperamental child began to mature. In a decade of work, the Center for Civic Initiative realizes such values as equality for all men and women, respect and justice are not the easiest paths to follow.
It was never about hard work, it was never about endless nights and investing energy in carefully chosen challenges, but it was always about commitment and asking. The education of the environment about the importance of democracy and good education, about human rights, and the importance of creating a strong civil sector is still the leading force that moves the CGI in its existence and the influences it has in the environment where it operates.
The change that we have achieved in our 26 years of work is placed in the pillars of management and a strong belief in the challenges to bring them to fruition.
Goce Todoroski, Executive Director
The transition period in the Republic of North Macedonia and the political conditions in the Western Balkans brought foreign aid from the countries of the European Union and the United States of America. The importance of creating a strong and healthy civil society was promoted through the support of civil society organizations. As it unfolded, CGI began to address human rights problems through inclusion in a strengthened, more reliable education of citizens, began to create capacities for its staff, and today, for other non-governmental organizations, it also began to communicate with state institutions on a professional and serious level. .
Because of its overall work, CCI gained trust from donors who became serious partners of CCI in the fight for a better society and happier citizens. In this regard, I want to promise the community that a new decade of change has just begun.