For more information about projects regarding human rights and democratic influence, please contact responsible Programme Officer: Ms. Jasmina Zoric-Petrovic
1. Poverty reduction and enhancement of employment opportunities of marginalized and vulnerable population groups – with a special focus on Roma women in Serbia (Help Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe e.V.)
The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the inclusion of marginalized Roma (with focus at women and youth) and other vulnerable population groups, into the social and economic life of the country and reduction of poverty among the targeted groups. The specific objective is improved access to labour market and increased motivation for active job search, in kind grants and associated capacity building for self- employment, facilitating partnerships with stakeholders and enhancing employment opportunities.
The total budget of the project amounts to 16 000 000 SEK. The Agreement remains valid until 31 March 2018.
2. Increasing Access to Freedom and Justice in Serbia 2012- 2017 (Civil Rights Defenders)
Increasing Access to Freedom and Justice in Serbia is already ongoing Sida support to the Civil Rights Defenders (CRD) programme in Serbia 2012-2017, related to increased access to freedom, justice and antidiscrimination. CRD focuses to empower those who claim and/or defend human civil and political rights, as well as to demand responsibility from the state and state bodies in this regard. This is done thorugh cooperation with multiple local civil society organisations, and providing mainly capacity building support.
The total budget of the project amounts to 40 300 000 SEK. The Agreement remains valid until 31 October 2018.
3. Civil Society Programme for Transparency and Accountability in Serbia 2016-2019 (Olof Palme International Centre)
The programme is continuation of the previous Swedish support to Serbia through Olaf Palme International (OPIC) related to strengthening democracy, human rights in Serbia, through citizen participation and civil society empowerment. OPIC supports a wide range of CSOs targeted at labour rights, media, monitoring of political processes, government-civil society cooperation and other issues. Further, OPIC work with local civil servants and local politicians, such as to increase the benefits of EU integration at a local level.
The total budget of the project amounts to 22 000 000 SEK. The Agreement remains valid until 31 August 2020.
4. Strengthening Women's Rights and Women's Participation in Serbia 2016-2019 (Kvinna till Kvinna)
The programme is continuation of the previous Swedish support to Serbia through Kvinna till kvinna (KtK) related to increased respect for women’s rights by supporting a number of relatively strong women's organisations and networks to undertake strategic monitoring and evidence based advocacy, and also using the EU accession process as vehicle. The overall programme goal relates to the increased prioritization of women’s human rights, with special regards to gender based violence, and with special focus on improving the security of women’s human rights defenders.
The total budget of the project amounts to 17 583 500 SEK. The Agreement remains valid until 31 August 2020.
5. Civil Society as a Force for a Change in the Serbia’s EU Accession Process (CS4EU) (Belgrade Open School)
The progamme supports Serbia’s EU accession process by strengthening the civil society and its role in the reform agenda. The programme aims to enhance role of civil society as a representative of the communities’ interest and a force for change in the EU accession process, to improve policy framework for public consultations and practice of public participation in decision making processes thus civil society could exercise democratic influence, and to deepen understanding on the EU accession and democratic reforms in Serbia including the role of civil society in this comprehensive process.
The total budget of the programme amounts to 15 000 000 SEK. The Agreement remains valid until 30 April 2020.