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Development of the Civil Society Network in the Western Balkans

Project aims to encourage dialogue in the region, networking and capacity building of local, regional and international civil society organizations.

Project goal is to contribute to the establishment of stronger links in the region of Western Balkan and to facilitate communication between the civil society, organizations, institutions and individuals who work with refugees and internally displaced persons.

Activities:

1) Organising regional expert meetings of the network,

2) Organising thematic meetings.

Target groups: civil society organizations in the region.

Implementation period: from 10 July 2018. until 25 December 2018.

Geographical area: Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Partners: Balkan Centre for Migration and Humanitarian Activities – Serbia; Centre for Peace, Legal Advice and Psychosocial Assistance – Croatia; Centre for Peace, Non-Violence and Human Rights – Croatia; Group 484 – Serbia; Humanitarian Centre for Integration and Tolerance – Serbia; Initiative for Development and Cooperation – Serbia; Legal Centre – Montenegro; Serbian Democratic Forum – Bosnia and Herzegovina; Your Rights Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Donor: OSCE Mission in Serbia

The Balkan Refugee and Migration Council: Making a pathway for a common Western Balkan migration policy

The project contributes to making of a coherent regional Western Balkans migration policy, which will enable coordinated and effective response to the common migration challenges, in alignment with the EU law and international human rights standards.

Project objective is to promote policy making at the regional level based on the reliable and comprehensive data, thorough and knowledgeable policy analysis, constant exchanges and well-informed policy discussions and capacity building and internal development of the Balkan Refugee and Migration Council.

Activities:

1) Implementation of annual processes of policy research and analyses and preparation of policy reports on migration trends, challenges and developments in the Western Balkan region,

2) Monitoring implementation of laws and policies, analysing rigorously those newly-introduced procedures and measures, especially their implementation during the border control procedures,

3) Capacity building and developing expertise of the members of the Balkan Refugee and Migration Council.

Target groups: government officials (including decision-makers), relevant regional organisations, relevant officials in the EU institutions, civil society organisations (members of BRMC and other CSOs from Western Balkan with proven track records in working on asylum and migration issues), relevant international agencies and international civil society organisations.

Implementation period: November 2018, 3 years (36 months)

Geographical area: Western Balkan region: Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Macedonia (FYR Macedonia), Albania and Montenegro.

Partners: Belgrade Centre for Human Rights (BCHR), Civil Rights Program Kosovo (CRP/K), Macedonian Young Lawyers Associations (MYLA), Vaša prava Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Donor: Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Serbia.

*This designation is without prejudice to position on status and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

Western Balkans in the EU Migration Agenda/2018 ECRE Annual General Conference in Serbia

Project aims at bringing the Western Balkans migration challenges for comprehensive discussion before the extensive range of migration policy stakeholders from European countries, including CSOs and government institutions, but also the UNHCR and other relevant international agencies and organisations.

Project goals:

– To enhance stronger cooperation and networking among refugee-assisting organisations in the Western Balkans and their peers in the EU, particularly in the area of advocacy and policy analysis;

– To facilitate integration of the Western Balkans migration policy issues into the EU migration agenda, including ongoing and expected reform processes within the EU migration policy.

Activities:

1) Preparation and organisation of the ECRE Annual General Conference in Belgrade;

2) Development of policy briefs about the migration policy in the Western Balkans countries;

3) Creating strategic and action guidelines (conclusions) about further steps needed to push development of asylum and migration policies in the Western Balkans countries.

Target groups: representatives of the EU, international organisations dealing with the asylum and migration policies, relevant CSOs and citizens.

Implementation period: 11 February 2018, 10 months.

Geographical area: Belgrade.

Partners: Belgrade Centre for Human Rights (BCHR), Civil Rights Program Kosovo (CRP/K), Macedonian Young Lawyers Associations (MYLA), Vaša prava Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Donor: The Balkan Trust for Democracy (BTD).

Migration Policy Agenda – priority in the process of the EU integration of Serbia

Project aims to improve migration and asylum policies in Serbia towards full alignment with the EU standards and inclusion of Serbia into the EU migration policy agenda and debates regarding current migration challenges and policy changes.

Project goal is to enhance local institutional and CSOs capacities for providing effective access to guaranteed rights for migrants, asylum seekers and beneficiaries of international protection in accordance with the reformed domestic legislation and the EU acquis, and to improve national policy reforms related to migration and asylum, in alignment with relevant benchmarks set in action plans for Chapters 23 and 24.

Activities:

1) Creating guidelines for the implementation of new migration-related legislation at the local level

2) Organization of local discussion workshops on the new migration-related legislation and policy improvements

3) Monitoring and analysing national migration policy developments in the framework of accession of Serbia to the EU.

Target groups: local stakeholders, competent officials in some of the key institutions of the migration and asylum system, various experts, EU officials and representatives of the EU member states, national media, citizens and local communities.

Implementation period: 11 February 2018, 12 months.

Geographical area: Belgrade and Central Serbia, Vojvodina, Eastern Serbia, South-Eastern Srbija, Western and South-Western Serbia.

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Donor: Balkan Trust for Democracy (BTD).

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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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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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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