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Financial and Advisory Support to Social Enterprises – F&ASible

The overall objective of the project is to support the development and sustainability of the existing sector of social enterprises. Social enterprises have difficulties in finding the necessary support, and the possible development of social entrepreneurship in Serbia has been burdened by the lack of real understanding of this phenomenon and the complete lack of substantive support, especially by institutional actors. In this context, this project has two, clearly separate, specific objectives:

Specific objectives:

  • Help the promotion of resources and capacities that can significantly improve the business performances of concrete social enterprises;
  • Support the expansion of the existing and launching new business activities, clearly linked with the key social objectives of concrete social enterprises.

Activities:

Activity 1: analysing key support needs, based on semi-structured telephone interviews with 15 selected social enterprises, and successive planning of concrete support activities;

Activity 2: organising two practical training courses and a series of individual mentoring sessions in the field of marketing positioning and managerial finance;

Activity 3: awarding small cash grants intended for financing procurement of materials and equipment and organising business activities, as well as monitoring activities within the implementation of grants;

Activity 4: defining and providing individual consulting services particularly tailored to the specific needs of each individual social enterprise.

Target groups:

Representatives of social enterprises that have already formed a certain business experience, developed economic activities and ensured certain self-sufficiency, which have also clearly confirmed their social mission and the ability to create social practices that contribute to sustainable development and benefits for specific vulnerable social groups (unemployed women over 50, young people with intellectual difficulties, victims of domestic and partner violence, persons with disabilities, women at risk of trafficking, the homeless, the poor and the elderly in rural areas, refugees, children with difficulties in emotional development)

Implementation period: February 1, 2014 – March 31, 2016

Geographical area: Republic of Serbia

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Donor: UniCredit Foundation

 

Engendering forced migration, socio-political transition and mental health in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Kosovo

The overall project’s objective is to study the complex linkages between forced migration (displacement), experiences of inter-ethnic war violence and mental health among female forced migrants in the three countries

Specific project’s objectives:

  • To research psychosocial health of women forced migrants, including both weaknesses and strengths of their psychosocial functioning;
  • To identify the resources of centres for social work, mental health centres, NGOs and other agencies involved in the provision of psychosocial services;
  • To make a regional comparative analysis regarding the state of psychosocial health among the women forced migrants and in regards to relevant institutional/organisational resources and capacities;
  • To produce policy recommendations related to development of the best practices in the psychosocial support provision to forced migrants.

Activities:

  • Research work, including: A. the psychometric survey on a sample of 250 persons (125 men and 125 women) with the forced displacement background; B. ethnographic fieldwork involving participatory observation during the three weeks within particular refugee/IDP community; C. the life-history interviews with selected number of female forced migrants (being the psychometric survey follow up); and D. focus group discussions with practitioners (NGO, migration, health and social workers) in geographical areas where the most respondents are located;
  • Analysis of empirical (research) data at national and regional (comparative) level, including workshops and discussion, application of appropriate analytical tools, trans-national consultations, and research reports writing;
  • Publication of a book, comprising of the national research reports and a comparative study, as well as the policy brief on the practice of psychosocial service provision, with the focus on gaps and good practices;
  • Dissemination of results: conference, distribution of publications, PR in media, etc.

Target groups: Female forced migrants, psychosocial support practitioners, decision makers in the mental health and migration policy areas

Implementation period: September 2014 – August 2016

Geographical area: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo

Partners: Foundation for Women’s Empowerment (FWE) (Bosnia and Herzegovina) [leading partner]; Balkan Policy Institute (IPOL) (Kosovo)

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Donor: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Regional Research Promotion Programme Western Balkans (RRPP), University of Fribourg

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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

 

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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

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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

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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)

 

Civil Society Support to Realisation of Forced Migrants and Minority Rights

The Project contributes to the development of cohesion and tolerance in the society so that all society members could have equal rights and opportunities for realizing their potential.

Project Goals:
(1) Strengthening youth to provide assistance and support to forced migrants (including asylum seekers) and promotion of their rights.
(2) Prompting a more successful integration of forced migrants (children and youth) into educational system and peer groups.
(3) Strengthening youth, as well as key local stakeholders and decision makers, to promote intercultural dialogue and protecting minority and migrants’ rights.
(4) Bringing out understanding and compassion of citizens for the problems migrants face, and respecting migrants and minority rights.

Activities:
1. Seminars for students of the Faculty of Political Sciences, Faculty of Law, and Faculty of Medical Science on direct work with forced migrants.
2. With mentorship support of Group 484 team, the student groups will provide psycho-social, medical, and legal support and assistance to forced migrants.
3. National campaign aimed at promoting the rights of migrants, minority cultures, and intercultural dialogue by organising engaged art events and performances.
4. Two round tables on improving the models for protection and promotion of minority and migrants’ rights, minority cultures and intercultural dialogue.

Target groups: Forced migrants (of various age) staying in collective centres, centres for the reception of asylum seekers, and non-hygienic settlements; students and Group 484 volunteers interested in providing support to forced migrants; professors and cultural workers; as well as young people interested in the promotion of intercultural dialogue and minority rights; citizens of Serbia.

Implementation period: January 2013 – September 2013

Geographic area: Belgrade, Koviljaca Spa, Bogovadja, towns of Uzice, Novi Pazar and Vranje

Partners: n/a

Donor: CCFD Terre Solidaire

Support to the First Western Balkan Migration Think Tank

The Think Tank Fund of the Open Society institute has decided to support Group 484 in the development of its Centre for Migration (CEMI). CEMI is a researching and an advocating unit of Group 484. The research and advocacy activities of Group 484 started in 2001 within the Unit for Social Measures and Policies. In time, the volume and scope of these activities grew, which led to the need for establishing the Centre for Migration. First research topics were: Status of forced migrants and integration of forced migrants in a new environment. Then followed some researches into economic migrations in the Western Balkans, particularly migration of youth and highly qualified experts. Based on the research findings, the Centre is focused on supporting the development of public policies that enable a full exercise of migrants’ rights and potential.

Project Goals:
(1) Strengthening the organisation with the aim of improving its advocacy activities in the field of forced migration and taking a leadership advocacy role in the region in solving the extended refugee crisis (the only one in Europe).
(2) Building up capacities for policy analysis and advocating in the field of economic migration
(3) Development of the Centre for Migration’s infrastructure and strategy.

Activities:
1. Public policies analyses
2. Advocacy activities:
3. Researches
4. Trainings
5. Planning
6. Providing literature

Target groups: Decision and policy makers, civil society representatives, the media, general public, migrants, the academia, Group 484 members

Implementation period: 01 July 2010 – 30 June 2013

Geographic area: Serbia, Western Balkans

Partners: Civil society organisations, the academia

Donor: Think Tank Fund of the Open Society institute, Budapest