Risto Karajkov is a doctoral student in development at the University of Bologna, Italy. His thesis focuses on foreign aid to the Balkans. Risto has 10 years of experience as a development practitioner in that region, and he writes frequently about international development, foreign aid, and the work of NGOs, including for Devex. Risto runs Consulting Macedonia, a young development and management consultancy.
The South East Europe Program funds projects that promote transnational cooperation in the region. It recently named its first batch of grant winners and intends to issue another call for proposals later this year.
As it continues the European Union accession process, Macedonia is benefiting from larger amounts of European aid. Deputy Prime Minister Ivica Bocevski talks about contracting opportunities and the complex process of building capacity in government and beyond.