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Solidarity Network: Building the Common Efforts for Refugees and Migrants Protection

This project contributes to building a coordinated and effective response to essential protection needs of refugees and migrants in Serbia and Macedonia.

Project Goal:

The overarching objective of the project is to develop support and protection services targeting the most vulnerable among refugees and migrants on the Western Balkans route, but also to enhance coordination and networking among agencies and organizations providing assistance and facilitating inclusion of CSOs, as well as strengthening local resources.

Activities:

Through a sub-granting scheme managed by Group 484, the network of projects for providing various services will be developed: psychosocial and intercultural support particularly targeting children and women; activities promoting positive attitudes towards integration of refugees and migrants in local communities; provision of educational services to children in asylum and reception centers in Serbia and Macedonia; distribution of food and non-food items; small-scale infrastructure works in asylum and reception centers, as well as in municipalities with a large number of migrants and refugees in Serbia and Macedonia.

Target groups:

Serbian and Macedonian civil society organizations and institutions in the public/government sector are the key target group of this project, i.e. those capable for providing relevant and high-quality protection services to refugees and migrants in these two countries.

Children and adolescents, particularly unaccompanied and separated minors, women and girls, single parents, persons with disabilities and/or health issues, as well as other vulnerable groups and individuals will be particularly targeted.

Implementation period:

December 15, 2015 – December 31, 2018

Geographical area:

Serbia and Macedonia

Donor: Royal Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade

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AGREEMENTS SIGNED 

December 28, 2017. Information about the projects supported within “Solidarity Network: Building the Common Efforts for Refugees and Migrants Protection” in 2017 visit HERE

January 27, 2017. Information about the projects supported within “Solidarity Network: Building the Common Efforts for Refugees and Migrants Protection” in 2016 visit HERE

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CALLS FOR PROPOSALS

December 22, 2016. Group 484 is implementing the project “Solidarity Network: Building the Common Efforts for Refugees and Migrants Protection”, with the support of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade.

Through this project, Group 484 is launching Open Call for Proposals in the field of support and protection services targeting the most vulnerable among refugees and migrants in Serbia and Macedonia.

Call for Proposals and application forms can be downloaded HERE.

This is now OPEN for applications.

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September 27, 2016. Group 484 is implementing the project “Solidarity Network: Building the Common Efforts for Refugees and Migrants Protection”, with the support of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade.

Through this project, Group 484 is launching Call for Proposals by Invitation in the field of support and protection services targeting the most vulnerable among refugees and migrants in Serbia and Macedonia. Group 484 is inviting preselected organizations dealing with refugees to apply for financial support. List of preselected organizations can be found HERE.

Call for Proposals can be downloaded HERE.

This is now CLOSED for applications.

Beyond the Chapters: Accession to Diversity

Project deals with improving skills of professionals in cultural and educational institutions and students of social science, humanities and arts, but also it deals with the strengthening of CSOs at the local level, in order to contribute development and promotion of cultural diversity and acceptance of migrants through various types of socially engaged campaigns.

Project goal is promotion of cultural diversity and participatory democracy, as well as acceptance of migrants and asylum seekers  in the local communities in Serbia.

Activities:

  • Three interdisciplinary seminars for students of social science, humanities and arts;
  • Training courses for educational and cultural workers;
  • Joint educational and cultural activities with DAH Theatre for high school youth from domicile and migrant population;
  • Producing socially engaged theatre plays with DAH Theatre on multicultural heritage of towns and migrant background;
  • Summer school for youth;
  • Public debates on the promotion of respect for cultural diversity through education;

Target groups: 60 students of social science, humanities and arts; 60 teachers from schools, educators and cultural workers from CSOs and institutions; 240 high school youth from domicile and migrant population; minimum of 12.000 citizens reached by 6 campaigns; 48 competent stakeholders and decision-makers in local governments.

Implementation period: 2017-2020

Geographical area: Loznica (Banja Koviljača), Lajkovac (Bogovađa); Sjenica, Subotica, Vranje, Bujanovac

Donor: Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia

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Citizens’ Participation in the Creation of Local Policies in the Context of Influx of Migrants/example of 4 local communities

The project is dealing with the implementation of research that will enable the collection and analysis of data on the views and opinions of citizens, but also migrants themselves, in the territory of ​​four Vojvodina local governments, followed by the analysis of official local policies, as well as the publication of two reports with recommendations and proposals for the improvement of relevant public policies in order to examine the possibility of the effective involvement of migrants in local communities.

The project goal is to contribute to the creation of favourable conditions for the inclusion of migrants in local communities in Serbia through participatory creation of local policies, constructive dialogue and rational questioning and (re)defining the interests of communities and citizens regarding the possibility of involving migrants in local communities.

Activities:

– Developing working methodology of focus groups

– Organising focus groups and interviews with local decision makers

-Developing policy papers on key conclusions for improving the effective participation of citizens in the process of creating public policies in the field of migration.

-Organising 3 press conferences in Belgrade, Subotica and Šid.

Target groups: citizens of 4 municipalities/towns, migrants and refugees, and employers.

Implementation period: November 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018

Geographical area: Šid, Subotica, Kanjiža and Ada.

Donor: Open Society Foundation Serbia.

 

Protection of Migrants’ Rights – high on the political agenda (CHANGE)

The project is dealing with strengthening the control of the parliamentary function in the implementation of regulations in the field of migration and asylum.

The project goal is to strengthen the protection of migrant and refugee status in Serbia through the improvement of: the legislative framework in the area of ​​migration management; the process of implementation and monitoring of relevant laws and policies in the field of migration.

Activities:

– Organising thematic and consultative meetings with relevant representatives of the RS National Assembly on legislative issues in the field of migration policies;

– Developing and promoting comments on the Law on Foreigners and the Law on General Administrative Procedure, which are relevant in asylum and migration procedures;

– Organising public advocacy campaigns at the local and national levels on the reception of migrants in Serbia.

Target groups:

-Members of Parliament (MPs),

-representatives of institutions, decision-makers,

– national civil society organisations with longstanding experience in advocacy and research work in the field of asylum and migration policies, as well as local civil society organisations involved in providing support to particularly vulnerable categories of migrants and refugees, as well as in conducting public advocacy campaigns,

-media representatives and citizens of the towns and municipalities particularly affected by migration challenges.

Implementation period: October 1, 2017, 18 months

Geographical area: Belgrade, Subotica, Loznica, Lajkovac, Sjenica, Niš, Vranje.

Partners: BFPE

Donor: Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Serbia

Our town, our schools

Project deals with contribution to creation of intercultural school environment and joint living of children and adults in Bujanovac, and thus to improved social integration and cohesion.

 

Project goal is decreasing of interethnic distance among youth in Bujanovac.

 

Activities:

 

  • Improved students’ intercultural competences, including knowledge about cultures present in their community, as well as about “shared values”, through intercultural trainings and youth campaigns for students of 2 secondary schools and 8 primary schools;
  • ICE integrated in the teaching process of the 2 secondary schools and 8 primary schools, through trainings for teachers and research projects;
  • Cooperation between 2 secondary schools and 8 primary schools established;

 

Target groups: Total 3500 children: 480 student directly involved in intensive ICE  training, 240 students will participate in the research projects, 1920 students  will be reached by the trained students through knowledge transfer, all 3500 students will be reached through youth promotional campaigns; 280 teachers; 20 members of school management from 10 schools and 480 parents; minimum 6 persons from local government in charge of education and protection of human rights, local school administration and  Ministry of Education.

 

Implementation period: from 01 April 2017 to 31 December 2019

 

Geographical area: Municipality of Bujanovac

 

Partner: Government of Serbia Coordination Body`s Office for the Municipalities of Preševo, Bujanovac and Medveđa

 

Donor: Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation

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Networking and Capacity Building for More Effective Migration Policy in Serbia – 4th year (as part of the wider project ’’Solidarity Networks’’)

The project is dealing with the promotion of an effective migration management system that is fully aligned with the international standards and focused on access to rights of the most vulnerable categories of migrants.

The project goal: strengthening monitoring and analysis of migration policies, increasing policy initiatives and improving opportunities for capacity building and networking of civil society organisations and representatives of relevant institution.

Activities:

– Monitoring national asylum and migration policies, with a special focus on the process of adopting new systemic laws.

-Amending the Draft Law on Asylum and Temporary Protection.

-Organising training for representatives of civil society organisations and relevant institutions on the issues of importance for the effective functioning of the migration management system.

Target groups: civil society organisations, national and local state organs and institutions, as well as refugees and unregistered migrants.

Implementation period: December 2016 – ongoing

Geographical area: Serbia

Donor: Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Serbia

Psychosocial Support to Migrant and Refugee Children, Women and Parents/Care-Givers in the Bogovađa Asylum Centre

The project is dealing with strengthening the psychosocial wellbeing of refugees and migrants in the Bogovađa Asylum Centre.

 

Project Goal:

The main goal of the project is the psychosocial wellbeing of refugee and migrant children, women and parents/care-givers supported through an adequate psychosocial support programme.

 

Activities:

  1. Providing psychosocial support to refugee and migrant children within the Child Friendly Space at the Bogovađa Asylum Centre
  2. Providing psychosocial support to women and parents/care-givers to strengthen self-confidence and resilience
  3. Increasing awareness-raising of general public on the position of refugees and migrants in Serbia

 

Target groups:

There are three major target groups: children, teenagers and women and parents/care givers accommodated in the Bogovađa Asylum Centre.

Implementation period:

October 7, 2016 – December 31, 2016

Geographical area:

Bogovađa Asylum Centre

Donor: Save the Children

Our Neighbors – Inclusive Communities lead to the vibrant society without discrimination

Project deals with contribution to development of inclusive society in which everybody’s human rights and diversity are respected.

Project Goals:

  • To empower faculty students for promotion of asylum seekers’ and migrants’ rights;
  • To provide social support through psychosocial and cultural activities to asylum seekers and migrants, especially children, teenagers and youth;
  • To equip with knowledge educational and cultural workers on methodology for working with youth on understanding of position of asylum seekers and migrants, and to empower high school youth for intercultural dialogue;
  • To empower students of social science and humanities to promote universal values of human rights through education and cultural practice;
  • To influence citizens and local stakeholders to understand asylum-seekers’ position and support promotion of their rights;

 

Activities:

  • Support of asylum-seekers’ rights and promotion of their rights
  1. Trainings for students of social science and humanities on the protection and promotion of asylum seekers’ and migrants’ rights;
  2. Education of faculty students for promotion of asylum seekers rights: direct work with asylum seekers and activities of students’ reading club in field of migration studies;
  3. Provision of psycho-social support and organization of cultural activities in centers for accommodation of asylum seekers;

 

  • Promotion of regional cultural diversity
  1. Organization of seminars for educational and cultural workers on methodology for working with youth in order to understand position of asylum seekers and migrants
  2. Educational support for high-school students who participate in reading clubs
  3. Seminar for students of social science and humanities about the role of education and culture in transformation of society.

 

  • Promotion of asylum seekers’ rights and intercultural dialogue
  1. Organization of campaigns for promotion of asylum seekers’ rights, intercultural dialogue and cultural diversity

Target groups: students of social sciences, eduactional and cultural workers from OCD’s and educational and cultural institutions, high-school students, asylum seekers, local and national decision makers in the fiels of human rights, education and cultural policies. Also, citizens of Subotica, Šid and Vranje.

Implementation period:

January 2016 – September 2016

Geographical area: Subotica, Šid and Vranje

Donor: CCFD – Terre Solidaire

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Institutional and Programmatic Development Support

The overall project’s objective is youth empowered for building open society through intercultural dialogue and social activism, especially in giving support to marginalized individuals and communities.

Specific project’s objectives:
1) Youth empowered for intercultural dialogue at the local, national and regional level.

2) Youth empowered for active participation in a community and giving support to vulnerable co-citizens.

3) Institutional framework developed for supporting intercultural dialogue and social activism at the local, national, regional and European level.

Target groups:

High school students (aged 15 to 19) including different ethnic groups and vulnerable population (youth at the risk of poverty, etc.); University students (aged 19 to 25) of social science (education studies, political science, philosophy, literature and humanities); University students (aged 19 to 25) of political science (social work and policy) and educational science; educational and cultural workers, local government bodies and competent ministries (education and science, culture, human and minority rights).

Implementation period: May 2014 – April 2016

Donor: Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

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