KP Webinar

Using elections for advancing citizens’ needs and priorities: the experience of Chile and Macedonia

May 29, 2018, 10:00 am EDT



About the webinar

Elections are at the core of modern democracies; they provide a twofold opportunity. On the one hand, they allow candidates and parties to share publicly their proposals and views on different issues. On the other hand, electoral processes allow citizens to pinpoint to various candidates some urgent public problems and their possible solutions. This webinar will present two experiences on elections and citizen participation from Chile and Macedonia.

First, the National Youth Council of Macedonia (NYCM), which successfully articulated the needs and priorities of young people before political parties and candidates during the last local/municipal elections, will showcase some effective tools for social engagement of young people, who can advocate for their rights and priorities.

Secondly, Fundación Ciudadano Inteligente (Smart Citizen Foundation) from Chile will present Vota Inteligente (Smart Vote), a platform for citizen advocacy in electoral processes which invites voters and CSOs to make their own proposals on public matters that candidates can publicly adhere to from the platform. In the last presidential elections, more than 700 citizen proposals were made in the Platform and all presidential candidates as well as 25% of the elected parliament representatives had commitments within the platform.

About the speakers

Martin Aleksoski

Photo-webinarMartin Aleksoski was born and lives in Skopje, Macedonia. He studied Law in St Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje and obtained MA in Business Law. During his studies, he was a part of various organizations and civic initiatives and worked on a several projects for serious international donors (OSF, UNDP, OSCE, EU Delegation in Skopje, USAID). Since 2010, he has gained valuable professional experience through his work in the business sector and legal office. Numerous activities in which he took part gave him experience and skills of team work, organizational activities as well as practical knowledge in the field of business and legal work. He has been part of numerous trainings and conferences regarding legal issues and coordinator of several research and advocacy processes. Mr. Aleksoski has valuable experience in research and advocacy initiatives, most of the conducted for youth organizations and representative bodies, such as NYCM.

Ivona Krstevska

IvonaIvona Krstevska is Secretary General of the National Youth Council of Macedonia. She graduated in Psychology and she is currently studying Integrative-eclectic Psychotherapy. She has long-term experience working with youth: she worked for the South East European Youth Network, based in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and currently she is the Secretary General of the largest youth representative body in Macedonia, the National Youth Council of Macedonia. The core expertise of Ivona is the development of youth policy and youth activism, volunteering in post-conflict areas and organizational management.

Octavio Del Favero

octavioOctavio Del Favero is a lawyer and political analyst. He worked as a legislative advisor for the Chilean goverment (2014-2015). Since September 2015, he has been working at Fundación Ciudadano Inteligente to promote reforms to change how politics are financed after several corruption scandals. He coordinates various projects about citizen participation , accountability and legislative transparency (through coordinating the Latin American Network for Legislative Transparency). He acts as a spokesman for the organization in various media and national and international forums.


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