Official title of the project

Support to Social Development

Project information

Supporting Serbia’s efforts to adhere to the targets of Europe 2020 in employment, poverty and social exclusion
Region / City
Total budget of programme / project

28,200,000 EUR

EU Contribution: 24,100,000 EUR

National Co-financing: 4,100,000 EUR

Implementation period
2014. Apr - 2016. Apr
Expected results

Result 1: Increased effectiveness of labour market measures on employment of disadvantaged groups

Result 2:Government and social partners’ capacities strengthened at national and local levels to develop, implement and monitor social dialogue

Result 3: Assessed and revised training programmes are prepared to be implemented in 140  Vocational Education and Training schools

Result 4: Community-based social services for vulnerable groups and active inclusion initiatives for Roma population developed

Result 5: Access of Roma to basic rights improved

Result 6: Roma civil society organisations’ capacity strengthened to actively engage in civic initiatives

Result 7: Joint mobile units for Roma inclusion created, equipped and functional for effective and efficient field work

Result 11: Designed and delivered drop-out prevention programmes for Roma children to be rolled out to other children at risk of dropping out

Result 12: Regulatory preparations in place for infrastructural improvement of housing conditions

Result 13: Selected cooperatives created under the SWIFT project supported and equipped for additional job creation for the Roma, 


Measure 1: Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Policy (MoLESP), National Employment Service (NES)

Measure 2: Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Policy (MoLESP)

Measure 3: Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development (MoESTD)

Measure 4: : Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Policy (MoLESP)

Measure 5: Ministry of Health (MoH)/ Office for Human and Minority Rights (OHMR)

Target Groups

Staff of the ministries

Employees and service providers in the local self-government units

The unemployed and those at risk of unemployment

Recipient of social support

Disadvantaged groups and individuals at

Summary of the project

Social Development comprises policies and measures which aim to create a fair, inclusive and prosperous society by enabling all people to participate in social and economic life on the basis of equality of rights, equity and dignity. The sector covers employment, labour market, education, social inclusion and health policies

EC Analytical Report 2011 notes medium-term challenges these areas, such as  shortage of skilled labour due to a mismatch of qualifications and skills, low labour market participation and low employment rates. Further education system reforms are advocated, in particular to link the vocational education and training to labour market demand. High dropout rates persist at all educational levels. Additional efforts are needed for social inclusion of vulnerable groups. The Roma continue to be the most vulnerable minority, but community-based social services are lacking. Further funds are needed for the implementation of the Strategy for Improvement of the Status of Roma and a more systematic approach to the relocation of illegal Roma settlements. Increasing impact of social dialogue on the economy is recommended.

Programme/Project objectives

Reflecting the national strategies underpinning employment, labour market, education and social inclusion policies, the overall goal is to promote further socio-economic development in Serbia based on higher levels of employment, a more educated and employable labour force and enhanced social inclusion of people from disadvantaged groups, with a particular emphasis on the Roma.

More details on project

-Joint UN Agencies Programme “Support to National Efforts for the Promotion of Youth, Employment and Management of Migration” is implemented through the cooperation of (IOM, UNICEF, UNDP and ILO) assists institutions at national and local level to implement policies and procedures to improve the situation of disadvantaged youth by modular training programmes, while reducing irregular migration and mitigating the negative impact of returnees upon readmission agreement;

-Through the support of the World Bank, EIB, UNDP and bilateral aid from Austria, Canada, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom an extensive reform programme, covering labour market policy, education at all age levels, social welfare and services for the most disadvantaged groups including Roma people, implemented in the past years;

- Youth Employment Fund implemented by the ILO and UNDP with funding from Italy, Spain and the US;

- German and Austrian governments support the reform of the Vocational Training Reform;

- ILO established a National Coordinator’s Office in Serbia in 2008 and has used social dialogue to develop the Decent Work Country Programme (2009-2012);

- Funding from Switzerland and Spain has supported capacity building of trade unions

to participate in social dialogue;

- Norwegian government supports the improvement of regulatory mechanisms in social welfare

- World Bank’s Delivery of Improved Local Services programme, worth $46.4 million, is increasing e capacity of institutions and beneficiaries to improve access to health, education and social protection services in a decentralising environment

- Regional Programme on ‘Social Protection and the Prevention of Human Trafficking’, funed by Germany, has been supporting the development of integrated social services since 2011;

- Swiss government supports the improvement of housing conditions of Roma;

- Norwegian government supported the Sustainable Waste Management Initiative for a healthier Tomorrow (SWIFT);

- Swedish International Agency for Development and Cooperation is financing the Program for Implementation of the Strategy for Improvement of the Status of Roma 2011- 2014.