North Macedonia: U.S. Government Has Provided Funding to Support Democracy Activities, Report to Congressional Requesters   [open pdf - 3MB]

From the GAO [Government Accountability Office] Highlights: "Since fiscal year 1991, the United States has provided over a billion dollars in assistance to North Macedonia. In recent years, USAID [United States Agency for International Development] and State have expressed concern about an erosion of democracy in the country. These concerns were heightened by the onset of a political crisis in February 2015, when the then-opposition party released phone conversations revealing alleged corruption in the ruling party. This crisis prompted the four major political parties to invite the United States and the European Union to help broker an agreement. The parties later agreed to hold early parliamentary elections in December 2016. Though the opposition party formed a majority coalition, the President refused to give the opposition leader a mandate to form a new government until May 2017, after protesters violently attacked North Macedonia's Parliament. This report examines (1) U.S. government funding for democracy assistance in North Macedonia and (2) the extent to which USAID adhered to relevant policies in selecting recipients of democracy assistance in North Macedonia. GAO analyzed U.S. government data and documents and interviewed U.S. officials in Washington, D.C., and in Skopje, North Macedonia."

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