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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 7, 2017

Geographical area:

Serbia and Macedonia

Donor: Royal Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade

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AGREEMENTS SIGNED 

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.

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

Improving Migration Policy in Serbia and the Western Balkans – continuation

The project deals with the contribution to the development of the system of reception for different categories of migrants and of an open and tolerant society.

Project objectives:

Contribution to initiating dialogue in local communities about the need for the reception of asylum seekers and integration of refugees

Activities:
1. Providing social support to asylum seekers through involvement in artistic and cultural activities that will be organised in centres for accommodation of asylum seekers and in the local community;

  1. Training of educational and cultural workers to use the methodology of work with young people to encourage the understanding of the position of asylum seekers and migrants, and to encourage and empower young people for participation in intercultural dialogue in the local communities that receive or will receive asylum seekers;
  2. Bring the experience of asylum seekers and migrants closer to interested citizens and key stakeholders in local communities, as well as the reasons for their migration, in order to open a dialogue on the need for the reception of asylum seekers and integration of refugees

Target groups: 75 teachers of social science subjects in high schools who will participate in the seminar “We and the Others”; minimum 100 high school students who will participate in educational activities on the issue of migration (follow-up seminars); minimum 1,200 visitors of the exhibition “The Border is Closed” (400 visitors per town / 3 towns); minimum 90 participants (citizens and key stakeholders from the local community) of the public debate on the issue of reception and integration of asylum seekers (3 towns / 30 visitors per debate); about 100 asylum seekers who will participate in artistic and social activities (10 visits / 10 asylum seekers per visit)

Implementation period: December 2015 – September 2016.

Geographical area:  Vojvodina (Subotica, Šid), Central Serbia (Belgrade, Loznica (Banja Koviljača)), Southern Serbia (Niš, Vranje, Dimitrovgrad and Preševo)

Donor: Open Society Foundation Serbia

 

unpredjenje migracionih politika projekat

Our new neighbours – a step closer

The project deals with the contribution to the development of the reception system for different categories of migrants and an open and tolerant society.

Project objectives:

  • to provide social support to asylum seekers through participation in artistic and cultural activities that will be organised in centres for accommodation of asylum seekers and in communities;
  • To train teachers and cultural workers for the use of methodology of work with youth in order to encourage understanding of the position of asylum seekers and migrants, and encourage youth to participate in intercultural dialogue in the communities in which asylum seekers are or will be accommodated;
  • to familiarise interested citizens and key stakeholders with the experience of asylum seekers and migrants, in order to initiate dialogue on the need for acceptance of asylum seekers and integration of refugees.

Activities:

  • Organising seminars “We and the Others” on the ways of deconstructing stereotyped pictures of “the others”, with a special focus on the attitude towards migrants;
  • Organising a “guest” exhibition on the life of migrants “The Border is Closed”;
  • Organising artistic and social activities in the centres for accommodation of asylum seekers;
  • Organising interdisciplinary seminars for students of social sciences
  • Organising public debates on improving the reception and integration of asylum seekers and refugees

Target groups: teachers of social science subjects in secondary schools who will participate in the seminar “We and the Others”; high school students who will participate in educational activities on the topic of migration (follow-up seminars); citizens – visitors of the exhibition “The Border is Closed”, citizens and key stakeholders from the local community, asylum seekers, students / seminar participants.

Implementation period: April 2016 – March 2017.

Geographical area: Vojvodina (Subotica, Šid), Central Serbia (Belgrade, Loznica (Banja Koviljača)), Southern Serbia (Niš, Vranje, Dimitrovgrad and Preševo)

Donor: Open Society Foundation Serbia

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

nase komsije projekat

 

prEUnap

preugovor logoProject aims to support the ‘’prEUgovor’’ coalition to grow in capacities and resources, to to influence decision makers and induce significant impact in social dynamics.

Project goals:

  1. a) ensuring transparency of the process of negotiations;
  2. b) establishing a viable mechanism for independent monitoring of Serbia’s track record in areas related to human rights, judiciary, rule of law, and home affairs;
  3. c) regularly reporting on findings, initiate dialogues and debates, creating internal pressure on the government to efficiently and effectively work on improving Serbian society.

Activities:

1) Communication activities: development of the website, press clipping activities, building relations with selected group of journalists, and facilitate production of relevant investigative stories

2) development of the “prEUgovor” report twice a year, conducting desk research and field monitoring activities

3) Capacity building that will include various forms of exchange of experiences, but also peer training events among members of the “prEUgovor” coalition.

Target groups: Decision and policy makers, civil society representatives, the media, general public.

Implementation period: August 2015- August 2016

Geographic area: Serbia

Partners: ASTRA – Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, Autonomous Women Center, Belgrade Centre for Security Policy, Centre for Applied European Studies, Centre for Investigative Reporting, Group 484, Transparency Serbia.

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Donor: Royal Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade

preugovor donator

E learning Course (distance learning) – Asylum and Migration

The project deals with the strengthening of the institutional capacity of service providers whose beneficiaries are refugees and migrants

Project goal:
To improve knowledge and practices of the local institutions in dealing with refugees and migrants, especially with vulnerable groups, in Serbia, particularly through the current migration crisis.

Activities:
– Organizing kick off meeting where participants will be introduced with the activities and methods of work during the course

– Realization of the ten weeks program;

– Organizing in vivo workshops.

Target groups:
Employees in a decentralized national and local institutions in cities and municipalities on the territory of the Republic of Serbia that are/or can be most “affected by” mas  influx of migrants and refugees (mayors, social welfare services, health institutions, regional police directorates and stations, misdemeanour courts, trustees for refugees and migration, the Red Cross)

Implementation period:
21.12.2015 – 30.06.2016

Geographical area:
Serbia (cities and municipalities on the territory of the Republic of Serbia that are/or can be most “affected by” mas influx of migrants and refugees)

Partners:
Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities

Donor:
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

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TOGETHER – Regional CSOs Cooperation

Project aims to achieve common understanding of the Action Plan, to reconfirm the true substance of the protection of rights of refugees and migrants, and to avoid harsh rhetoric within and between the countries in the region.

Project goals:

1) To advocate for protection of rights of migrants and those in need of the international protection in the context of the new EU Action Plan for WB route;

2) To advocate for the improvement of the national asylum and migration policies and common understanding of the new EU approach towards WB route;

Activities:

1) Development of the research methodology and the content of the policy paper/brief on the EU Action Plan and its consequences;

2) Monitoring activities: conducting field research, interviews with stakeholders responsible for the Action Plan implementation as well as with international organisations;

3) Creation and promotion of the policy paper/brief.

Implementation period: January 2016 – June 2016

Geographic area: Croatia, Serbia.

Partners: Center for Piece Studies

Donor: Dutch Council for Refugees

INVOLVED – 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 goal is raising awareness of asylum seekers and migrants, general and professional public on social, economic and cultural rights of asylum seekers and migrants.

Activities:

– Three seminars on migration issues for students;

– Supportive activities with asylum seekers;

– Preparing awareness raising campaigns;

– Organizing six awareness raising campaigns (including 6 discussions with local decision makers and stakeholders) in order to enhance protection of asylum seekers’ and migrants’ rights;

Target groups: 160 asylum seekers; 60 students of social sciences, humanities and arts; 60 local stakeholders and decision makers; 12000 citizens in 6 towns.

Implementation period: 2016

Geographical area: Vojvodina (Subotica); Central Serbia: Loznica (Banja Koviljača), Lajkovac (Bogovađa); Sandžak: Sjenica and Tutin; South Serbia (Vranje)

Donor: The Delegation of European Union in RS – European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR)

 

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

mott projekat