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The social integration of Roma children requires education

A group of Roma children in a classroom taking part in arts and crafts.

15.06.2013 - 31.05.2017

As in other Eastern European countries, not all children in Serbia have the same possibility of attending school. Since 2004 the SDC has been actively involved in promoting the integration of Roma children and children with disabilities in kindergartens and primary schools. The sooner efforts are made to combat the marginalisation of the most vulnerable groups, the greater the chance of their integration in society in the long term.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Serbia
Education
Education policy

15.06.2013 - 31.05.2017


CHF 7'820'000



Private Sector Development in Serbia - Creating employment in tourism and the traditional products sector

Harvesting raspberries in Serbia. © RDA Užice

01.06.2013 - 31.05.2017

In Serbia, the unemployment rate remains high. The SDC is supporting a project that aims to increase income and job opportunities for people living in the south and south-west of the country, focusing in particular on young people and women. Improving the performance of the tourist sector and traditional products sector is key to achieving this goal.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Serbia
Economy and Employment
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) development

01.06.2013 - 31.05.2017


CHF 3'200'000



Roma take an active role in improving their living conditions

A Roma family building the walls of their house.

01.05.2013 - 31.12.2017

Roma in Serbia live in difficult social and economic conditions. Some 60% of them are categorised as "very poor". In many Roma settlements the people live in cramped conditions with poor infrastructure and inadequate levels of hygiene. The project's objectives are to improve living conditions for Roma in the areas of housing, employment and income, and to guarantee and strengthen their rights.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Serbia
Rule of Law - Democracy - Human rights
Health
Education
Decentralisation - local governance - democratization (incl. accountability)
Education policy
Health system strengthening

01.05.2013 - 31.12.2017


CHF 4'538'000



Project completed

Managing the risk of natural hazards through capacity building and increased cooperation

Aerial shot of flooding in the United States. People can be seen travelling around in boates.

01.01.2013 - 31.12.2015

Working to reduce the risk of natural disasters is a fundamental element of improving the security of local populations. Switzerland has placed this objective on the agenda for its chairmanship of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in 2014. High-level conferences and practical training are planned.

Country/region Period Budget
Eastern Europe and CIS

01.01.2013 - 31.12.2015


CHF 4'000'000



Project completed

Strengthening the oversight function and transparency of the Serbian National Assembly

View of the outside of the National Assembly of Serbia

15.08.2012 - 15.11.2015

The SDC, together with the United Nations Development Programme, is helping the Serbian National Assembly to exercise greater scrutiny over public expenditure and to improve the institution's outreach to citizens. Additional consultation mechanisms are urgently needed to better represent citizen's interests in the National Assembly.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Serbia
Rule of Law - Democracy - Human rights
Legal and judicial development
Public financial management (including activities against corruption)
Decentralisation - local governance - democratization (incl. accountability)

15.08.2012 - 15.11.2015


CHF 1'000'000



Strengthening local and regional economies with the help of improved framework conditions

Financial support is being provided to promote the local and regional economies.

15.06.2012 - 31.03.2017

Switzerland is helping Serbia with the development of municipalities in structurally weak eastern Serbia. Municipalities are to be strengthened and the economic framework conditions improved with respect for the principles of good governance. Thanks to Switzerland‘s contribution municipalities now dispose of additional financial resources for the introduction and improvement of public services.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Serbia
Rule of Law - Democracy - Human rights
Decentralisation - local governance - democratization (incl. accountability)
Public financial management (including activities against corruption)

15.06.2012 - 31.03.2017


CHF 3'565'000



Strengthening Oversight Function and Transparency of the Parliament

01.11.2015 - 31.10.2019

To benefit Citizens whom they represent, parliamentarians have an important stake in law making including accurate consultation mechanisms. Equally important is their oversight function over the executive's expenditures. Also, the representation of Citizens as per their political power and regional affiliation reflects important features of an effective parliament. The intervention will address identified shortcomings both in the National Assembly as well as in local assemblies of Serbia, thus enhancing their democratic legitimation.


From Education to Employment (E2E): Youth Skills Development and Public Private Partnership

01.04.2015 - 31.12.2019

One of the most challenging problems and a key concern of the Government of Serbia is high youth unemployment (51%). With the EU Accession negotiations, a new strategic dialogue on employment and social issues has been launched. The Government of Serbia has invited Switzerland to support the dual VET reform in Serbia. The E2E program aims to assist the development of a system of tailor made youth employment policies and measures to stimulate employment prospects through public private partnerships.


Project completed

CARITAS programme contribution East 2015 - 2016

01.01.2015 - 31.12.2016

CARITAS Switzerland is committed to a world in which the rights and dignity of every human being are respected and all people – regardless of their race, sex, religion or political persuasion – have access to food, water, shelter, health, education and work. Being committed to the Human Rights and Millennium Development Goals, CARITAS engages in long-term development cooperation, disaster risk reduction and humanitarian aid.


Project completed

Stiftung Kinderdorf Pestalozzi Programmbeitrag Ost 2015 - 2016

01.01.2015 - 31.12.2016

Die Realisierung der Rechte des Kindes auf Zugang zu relevanter, ganzheitlicher und qualitativ guter Bildung und die Förderung von interkulturellen Kompetenzen sind Voraussetzung für eine gerechte, friedliche und nachhaltige Entwicklung. Dies sind die übergeordneten Ziele der internationalen Programme der Stiftung Kinderdorf Pestalozzi. Bildung ist ein Recht und zugleich ein Mittel, um alle anderen Menschenrechte zu verwirklichen.


Project completed

Solidar Suisse programme contribution East 2015 - 2016

01.01.2015 - 31.12.2016

Solidar Switzerland’s cooperation engagement contributes to poverty reduction and respect of human rights. It supports political and economical processes to improve equitable access to resources, labour and power in a globalised world. Special focus is to enhance the decent work agenda and to foster democratic structures. At the same time Solidar undertakes awareness raising and advocacy activities in Switzerland, in order to sensitise the Swiss public on development policy issues.


Project completed

Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation programme contribution East 2015 - 2016

01.01.2015 - 31.12.2016

HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation’s vision is a just world in which all men and women determine the course of their lives in dignity and security, using environmental resources in a sustainable manner. Based on the human rights, it supports with its partners poor and disadvantaged people in developing and transition countries following the principle of help for self-help. In Switzerland, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation engages in sensitising for the interests of developing and transition countries.

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