National Network
North Macedonia

Niko Fundali 18/33
7000 Bitola
North Macedonia

+389 70 20 41 94
Organisation Type
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment
Fields of Activity
  1. Research
General Information

ESTIMAS’s organizational structure is composed of Assembly, legally authorized representative – President, and administrator. The work of the organization is also supported by an Advisory board composed of well known and internationally positioned researchers, academics and policy makers. Currently, we have 3 full time employees, but rich with a network of partners composed of more than 20 organizations. Our main funding partners are NED, US Government, European governments, EU, Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Wilfried Martens Center, and etc. Our modalities of actions involve concrete projects (mainly research based), exchanges, seminars, trainings, scholarships, fellowships and etc. We are happy that we collaborate with relevant and impactful organizations such as ELIAMEP (Greece), Belgrade Security Forum (Serbia), Cooperation and Development Institute (Albania), the Association of International Relations (Czechia) and others.

Mission and Objectives

Our mission is to set up and develop the first globally-recognized knowledge brand in the country and the broader region. We strive to challenge the existing standards in the area of knowledge creation and exchange and to define new ones alongside catalyzing the European integration of the Western Balkan countries. We work with a roster of experts which includes some of the most knowledgeable and qualified people in their areas, hired upon assignment. That way we guarantee that our clients and communities receive state-of-the-art knowledge, delivered by the lead experts in the region, without improvisation. Our knowledge base is related to the EU, China and the Western Balkans and delivered in accordance with three pillars, based on the specific knowledge sharing and delivery modality: Knowledge Excellence, Knowledge In Action and Language Excellence.

Main Projects / Activities

Up to date we have successfully implemented several projects related to assessing China's impact on national governance systems, enhancing policy-makers capacity to understand China and deliver evidence-based policy interventions, strengthening transparency and oversight over Chinese activities through civic engagement and invigorated policy debate, as well as integrating a values-based approach in national China-related policies. Our current EU related portfolio consists of numerous implemented projects which have helped to better understand the EU's position in terms of the Western Balkan region and North Macedonia, as well as to familiarize relevant stakeholders with the EU’s financial support mechanisms. We particularly excel in the area of analyzing and countering disinformation and propaganda, focusing predominantly on the geopolitically motivated influence operations by Russia and China where we have significantly contributed to the up-scaling of the capacities of media professionals and civil society. Our unique blend of expertise in the areas of foreign policy and communications, alongside our developed network of associates and contacts, makes us a credible partner to deliver solid results at this critical juncture for North Macedonia’s future.

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?

ESTIMA can contribute by sharing its first hand knowledge and expertise in research and advocacy related to China and its geopolitical positioning, European integrations, enhancing journalists' skills in reporting and debunking misinformation / propaganda, fight against corruption and fostering the multiculturalism across Europe, Africa and beyond.

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?

We see on ALF as an unique opportunity and platform to connect with relevant civic organizations, passionate for change and hungry to explore new ideas, methodologies and initiatives that can preserve and enhance the democratic and multiculturalism principles worldwide, simultaneously offering evidence based research and appraisals documents, in line with the communities' real needs. In addition, we strive to promote ESTIMA's work worldwide, inducing Europe and MENA regions and start making impact with relevant partners from these parts of the world, alongside expanding our portfolio and learn from others as ALF brings civic actors from around the world and from various strata of the society on one place.

Contact (1) Full Name
Ana Krstinovska
Job Title
Head of the organisation
Ana Krstinovska