Local grants launched by the global project – Making Migration Work for Sustainable Development

Local news, 18.05.2021

Within the global project Making Migration Work for Sustainable Development, implemented by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Serbia, supported by the Swiss Government, agreements have been signed with three local governments, whose projects were selected after the Public Call for Grants. These include the municipalities of Ivanjica, Knjaževac and Prokuplje. The Swiss Government has set aside roughly 230,000 EUR in total for the implementation of these three projects, all of which aim to mitigate the negative effects of internal migration.

Signing of the project agreement in Knjazevac
Signing of the project agreement in Knjazevac ©IOM

In the Knjaževac municipality, the plan is to establish a training centre for practical and theoretical training, where, over the next 18 months, nearly 200 young people would go through certified training courses and thus improve their position in the labour market. The project will directly involve businesses, and training will be conducted in those industries with the greatest demand for new workers, such as the wood-processing, shoe-making and textile industries. Another partner on this project, alongside the municipality, is the CSO Timočki Klub.

In Prokuplje, 100 young people, mostly Roma returnees from the EU under the readmission process, will be trained to operate CNC machines, and 60 in tailoring and sewing. The project will provide the Technical School Fifteenth of May with a new textile classroom, machines, and computer equipment. It is particularly important that all those who undergo training will have the opportunity for employment in local private companies that have agreed to cooperate. The CSO Društvo Roma Prokuplje is also a partner on the project.

The project that will be implemented in Ivanjica aims to improve the socio-economic situation in the local community, particularly among unemployed youth. The envisaged training includes training for CNC operators, 3D modelling and printing, online business development training, English language courses, basic training in employment and self-employment, and a youth internship programme. The plan includes an Education Fair, as well as round tables, individual and online counselling. Also, the project envisages the development of a handbook entitled A Model for Improving the Competences of Unemployed Youth with the Aim to Mitigate the Negative Effects of Migration, which is to serve as an example to other local governments. The partner on this project is the Ivanjica Municipality Youth Office.

The planned duration of the above-mentioned projects is 18 months in Knjaževac and 24 months in Ivanjica and Prokuplje, providing sustainable employment and new careers for several hundred young people in their home municipalities.  The projects are to become best practices for other local governments faced with the negative effects of internal and external migration.

The project Making Migration Work for Sustainable Development is part of a joint IOM/UNDP Global Programme (2019-2023) supported by the Swiss Government through the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). This Global Programme aims to identify the development potential of migration for countries, communities, migrants and their families in 11 countries worldwide (Ecuador, Jamaica, Morocco, Senegal, Tunis, Bangladesh, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Nepal, the Philippines and Serbia). In line with migration and development policies, the programme supports concrete local initiatives in four priority sectors (employment, education, health and human rights), with the overall aim of achieving the goals of Agenda 2030. The total value of the programme is 8.6 million EUR, while the budget for Serbia is 795,000 EUR.

More information about the Global Project Making Migration Work for Sustainable Development: Factsheet (EN) (PDF, 1.7 MB)


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