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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

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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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)

 

Improving Migration Policy in Serbia and countries of the Western Balkans

Project is dealing with the contribution to the development of the reception system of different categories of migrants and open and tolerant society.

Project objectives:
(1) sensitising local population towards asylum seekers;
(2) strengthening the capacity of civil society organisations (CSOs) and decision-makers at the local level for the support to asylum seekers;
(3) improving knowledge of key actors about the treatment of asylum seekers and migrants;

Activities:
1. Mapping CSO and actors at the local level to work on sensitising local communities for understanding the situation of asylum seekers and migrants;
2. Preparing campaigns to sensitise local communities for understanding the situation of asylum seekers and migrants;
3. Developing a practical guide on standards of treatment of migrants and information about key stakeholders;

Target groups: CSOs in 5 regions in Serbia (southern Serbia, eastern Serbia, Vojvodina, Belgrade and central Serbia, Sandzak), asylum seekers, local decision-makers, professional staff working in asylum centres and other institutions of importance for the functioning of the asylum system, citizens.

Implementation period: September 2014-December 2015

Geographical area: Serbia: southern Serbia (Vranje and Niš), eastern Serbia (Dimitrovgrad and Pirot), Vojvodina (Subotica, Šid), Belgrade and central Serbia (Lajkovac, Valjevo, Bogovađa, Banja Koviljača, Loznica), Sandžak (Tutin, Sjenica) .

Donor: Open Society Foundation Serbia

The Media between Freedom and Dependence: The Role of Print Media in the Process of Refugee Return

The project conducts researches into newspaper texts whose contents refer to refugees and displaced persons and the process of refugees and displaced persons return in the Western Balkans. Quantitative and qualitative analysis of texts written in the period 1995 – 2012 and published in the most popular and renowned daily newspapers in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, intend to reveal how the media in these two countries covered the issue of return process of refugees and displaced persons – to what extent print media facilitated the return process through their impartial and independent reporting, and to what extent their reporting directly reflected official political positions and goals of political elites.

Project Goals:
(1) to conduct a research into the extent and manner in which the print media in Serbia and BiH reported on refugees and displaced persons;
(2) to establish to what extent the print media were the source of objective information which enabled refugees and displaced persons to decide to return (or stay in the places of refuge/displacement);
(3) to establish to what extent the print media acted as tools of political elites in achieving their goals regarding the return of refugees and/or displaced persons.

Activities:
1. Drafting a working version of methodology guidelines for conducting the research
2. Pilot research into the media documents, analysis of contents of the found newspaper texts, and drafting the preliminary conclusions
3. Consultation on open methodology issue (consultation with an external consultant)
4. Drafting the final version of the methodology guidelines.
5. Conducting a research into the media documents (primary research).
6. Quantitative and qualitative analyses of the (found) relevant newspaper texts
7. Presentation of preliminary results of the two national researches at a regional conference in Sarajevo
8. Drafting final national reports on the research findings
9. Development of methodology framework for comparative analysis of the findings of two national researches and conducting the comparative analysis
10. Publication and public presentation of the findings of two national researches and the comparative analysis

Target Groups: Researchers, journalists and decision makers: academic institutions, civil society organisations, the media, state bodies and institutions, local institutions and governments.

Implementation period: 1. July 2012 – 30 June 2013

Geographic area: Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia

Partners: Faculty of Political Sciences (Sarajevo), Media Centre (Sarajevo), Ebart Media Archive (Belgrade)

Donor: Regional Research Promotion Programme in the field of social sciences in the Western Balkans (RRPP), run by the University in Fribourg upon mandate of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs

Migrant Integration Policy Index in the Western Balkans region

The project examines the development of migrant integration policy development in the Western Balkans, using the methodology developed by the Migration Policy Group. This methodology is used in 33 countries – EU Member States, Norway, Switzerland, Canada and the USA. It will be used in the Western Balkans countries for the first time. Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX) is determined on the basis of seven policy areas: labour market mobility, access to nationality, long-term residence, education, anti-discrimination, political participation, family reunion. In this manner it is possible to monitor the development of migrant integration policies in the region and make an influence on decision makers to improve them.

Project Goals:
(1) Mapping the existing migrant integration policies in the Western Balkans region
(2) Strengthening the representatives of Western Balkans countries to develop, monitor and improve migrant integration policies in line with migrants’ needs and rights.
(3) Informing the public on the importance of adequately developed migrant integration policies.

Activities:
1. A two-day training for the partners on the use of the MIPEX methodology.
2. Examining migrant integration policies
3. Drafting reports on migrant integration policies in the Western Balkans countries
4. Regional conference on migrant integration policies

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

Implementation period: 01 March 2013 – 01 January 2014

Geographic area: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia

Partners: ‘Vasa prava BiH” (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Centre for Peace Vukovar (Croatia), CRPRC Studiorum and Centre for Research and Policy Making – CRPM (Macedonia), Migration Policy Group (Brussels).

Donor: The Balkan Trust for Democracy

Transnational Networks, Transnational Entrepreneurship and the Role of State

The project researches formal, semi-formal and informal transnational networks developed by transnational entrepreneurs who thus connect the Western Balkans with European and overseas countries. The goal of the research is to draw attention to and raise awareness of the increasingly frequent form of entrepreneurship – initiated by migrants/returnees who wish to use the know-how and experience acquired while working and living abroad for the development of prospective economic activities that could in many ways enhance economic development of both the local community in which the activity takes place and of the whole country in general. On the basis of the research, recommendations will be given to decision makers with the aim of creating a favourable environment and encouraging migrant/returnees entrepreneurship in Serbia and Albania.

Project Goals:
(1) Conducting a research into the manners of transferring social and financial capital, including acquired knowledge, within these networks
(2) Conducting a research into the contribution of this phenomenon to socio-economic development of the abovementioned countries
(3) Examine the role of the Government and its policies in these countries in providing the support to this form of entrepreneurship

Activities:
1. Qualitative and quantitative research into transnational entrepreneurs
2. Publications on transnational entrepreneurship in Serbia and Albania
3. Policy paper on transnational entrepreneurship in Serbia
4. Policy paper on transnational entrepreneurship in Albania
5. National Round Table (in Tirana)
6. Regional conference on transnational entrepreneurship (in Belgrade)

Target groups:
• Transnational entrepreneurs, policy and decision makers, the academia

Implementation period: 01 July 2012 – 30 June 2013

Geographic area: Albania and Serbia

Partners: Institute of Social Sciences, Belgrade; Institute for Change and Leadership in Albania

Donor: Regional Research Promotion Programme in the field of social sciences in the Western Balkans (RRPP), operated by the University in Fribourg, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).