Support social inclusion of the most vulnerable groups, including Roma, through more diversified community-based social services

Project Sector: Social Inclusion
Town/Region: Serbia, nationwide
Grant amount: 4.331.275,56 EUR:
Budget line: IPA 2012
Start date: 2015
End date: 2017
Beneficiary Institution: Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs

Social inclusion achieved through community based care for vulnerable groups and through other policy mechanisms, is at the heart of this Project, as is the ensuring that local and national stakeholders are able to plan, implement, enforce and measure the diverse policies that constitute social inclusion attempts of the Serbian government, within the EU integration framework and to its own goal.

Rightly, Roma, being at the same time a stateless ethnic minority, whose culture(s) and ‘way of living’ is often viewed by the mainstream society as a practice of ‘deliberate exclusion’, and also a multidimensional excluded group, are being particularly highlighted and the need to enhance their livelihood is addressed.

The main project stakeholders are:

The other project stakeholders are Beneficiary Institutions – Representatives of Government of Serbia and Local Self Government, State institutions and authorities as well as Grant Beneficiaries, in particular:

  • The IPA Implementation Unit at the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs (MoLEVSA)
  • Grant awarded recipients at the local and regional level across Serbia
  • National and local authorities in charge of regulating and providing social services
  • Centers for Social Work (CSWs) as well as local branches of the National Employment Service (NES);
  • Local self-governments (LSG), as well as the Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities;
  • Providers of community-based social services;
A project Steering Committee oversees the project implementation and the achievement of expected results. Members of the Steering Committee are representatives of:

  1. the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia
  2. the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs
  3. the European Integration Office at the Government of the Republic of Serbia
  4. the Central Finance and Contracts Unit at the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Serbia and
  5. National Roma Council of Serbia
End beneficiaries of the project are the citizens of Serbia – current and future users of the Social Welfare (CBSS) System, members of the Roma minority and other vulnerable and disadvantaged groups, as well as the end beneficiaries of the actions supported through the EU Grant Scheme.

The project will contribute to a greater social inclusion in Serbia and support the development and mainstreaming of community-based social services, in particular to respond to the needs of particularly vulnerable groups: people with disabilities, children, youth, women, older than 65, Roma national minority, uneducated, unemployed and population of rural areas.

Positive impact for end beneficiaries over the longer-term will be evidenced through:

  • Improving the quality of life of old people in the terminal stage and elderly care
  • Improving quality of life for people with disabilities at all ages
  • Improving of services of support and assistance for the elderly
  • Improvement of social inclusion of marginalised groups
  • Poverty reduction among young adults
  • Improving socialization and inclusion of children with conduct problems
  • Improving protection and support the social inclusion of the most vulnerable and excluded children through expanding the provision of the Drop-In Service for children that live or work on the streets
  • Improving economic and social inclusion of Roma through educational support and
  • Socioeconomic development of Roma and poverty reduction
  • Economic empowerment of Roma women: increased capacity for employment and self-employment
  • Improved quality of life of targeted population

The project will have an impact on the wider domestic population and the local community in terms of the provision of a better quality of life. Positive impacts on the budget (through decreased claims for family income support, one-off assistance in cash, etc.) are expected. Generally, the project will contribute to the better exercising of guarantied basic human rights.

It shall encourage integrated models of service delivery with a view to address social exclusion in a holistic manner, pursuing a cross sector approach encompassing social, education, health care and housing, particularly for those facing a multiplicity of socio-economic problems such as the Roma.

1. Social Care/Cluster Projects

  • Šumadija Region, the city of Kragujevac and the surrounding municipalities – Batočina, Rača, Lapovo, Knić, Topola
  • Regions of Šumadija and Pomoravlje, Batočina, Lapovo and Rača
  • Nišavski county, Aleksinac and Ražanj municipalities
  • Lajkovac, Ljig, Mionica
  • Ada, Pećinci, Sremska Mitrovica, Ruma

Social Care/Other

  • Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, South Banat district, Municipality of Kovačica
  • Varvarin
  • Ruma
  • Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, Srem region, Municipality of Irig
  • Serbia – Ćuprija, Kragujevac, Niš
  • Bor and Pčinja Districts, Vranje, City of Belgrade
  • Niš, Pančevo, Subotica, and Novi Sad
  • Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, Srem region, Municipality of StaraPazova
  • Belgrade – Municipalities of Čukarica, Novi Beograd, Palilula, Rakovica, Savskivenac, Stari grad, Voždovac, Vračar, Zemun, and Zvezdara
  • Valjevo
  • BajinaBašta
  • Novi Sad

2. Active Inclusion of Roma

  • Pirot district, Municipality of Bela Palanka
  • Municipalities of Bela Palanka, Knjaževac and Prokuplje
  • Belgrade region, City of Belgrade (Obrenovac and Rakovica Municipality)
  • Bujanovac, Belgrade, Bela Palanka, Surdulica, Prokuplje, Žitorađa, Vladičin Han, Vlasotince, Doljevac, Kostolac, Kraljevo, Leskovac, Lebane, Niš and Pirot
  • Republic of Serbia, Region Braničevski District, Požarevac
  • Belgrade region and Central Banat region; Municipality of Novi Bečej and City Municipalities Lazarevac, Zvezdara, Rakovica, Čukarica and Novi Beograd
  • The City of Kraljevo
  • South Banat, Alibunar, Kovin
  • Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, Srem region, Municipality of Ruma
  • Kruševac
  • Varvarin