Official title of the project

Supporting access to rights, employment and livelihood enhancement of refugees and IDPS in serbia

Project information

Region / City
Total budget of programme / project

1.600.000,00 EUR

Implementation period
2001. Sep - 2003. Nov
Expected results

The action will integrate four types of interventions, which will run in parallel:


Component 1: Construction of apartment units in socially supportive environment

The proposed activity will be implemented in 5 municipalities in Serbia: Blace, Kuršumlija, Surdulica, Medvedja and Gadzin Han. A total of at least 44 housing units will be constructed with the aim to provide durable social housing solutions in a supportive environment for IDPs, refugees and the most vulnerable domestic families.

Component 2: Supply and installation of prefabricated houses  

The construction of pre-fabricated housing units including foundations will be conducted in the municipality of Požarevac. Through the proposed action, a total of 20 housing units will be constructed for vulnerable IDP families living within the Collective Centre in the city.

Component 3: Distribution of construction material sets

This project component will provide support to 74 IDP/refugee families in Velika Plana, Lapovo, Svilajnac, Smederevo, Cuprija, Kruševac and Mladenovac through the provision of building material kits for those selected beneficiaries who have started constructing their own home on their own land.

Component 4: Income-Generation Activities (IGAs)

The income generating activities will be performed by ASB and its implementing partner the local Non-governmental organization “Educational Centre” (EDC) from Leskovac. The planned activity will include distribution of 116 grants for best applicants, mentoring for all beneficiaries and linking with relevant credit and support institutions in Serbia.


Commissariat For Refugees and IDPs 



Target Groups

Refugees and Idps

Summary of the project

The project will enable the individuals living in private accommodation, which have not been beneficiaries of any type of assistance, to become independent and in that way integrate into Serbian society. The project will be implemented in close coordination with existing and potential donor programmes.

This project will secure temporary accommodation for the socially most vulnerable IDPs from CCs and partly from private accommodation.

This project will provide free legal aid assistance on property issues, acquisition of personal and other documents, land repossession, occupancy/tenancy rights etc, for refugees from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and for IDPs from Kosovo.

This project will assist the return and reintegration of refugees and IDPs to Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and to Kosovo. The project will be coordinated with UNHCR and UNMIK Office for Communities, Return and Minorities (OCRM) and other relevant organizations and institutions.

Programme/Project objectives

Through the implementation of the proposed action approximately 250 families will receive direct assistance which will enable them to normalise their living conditions, improve their social status and provide needed sustainability in their integration within the Serbian society. The project is designed in such a manner that it covers all segments of the targeted population and provides an integrated package which will, for the selected beneficiaries mean the end of their combat for the achieving of a minimum of living and working conditions within Serbia. Through the planned action, ASB will provide assistance to a) socially vulnerable refugees and IDPs who will receive social housing accommodation in a supportive environment; b) marginalized refugees and IDPs who will receive assistance through the receipt of building material to finalize their homes which they have started to build; c) vulnerable IDP population who will be enabled to improve their living condition through the construction of pre-fabricated housing units; d) refugees and IDPs

who need support in the start-up of their proper business in order to generate income and become equal members of the community and ceasing to be a social burden for the host community; and e) the local communities and the Serbian Commissariat for Refugees will reduce their caseload of beneficiaries which are in need of support, actively working on the resolution of the IDP and refugee issue within Serbia.