Coordination and society-wide dialogue on implementing the 2030 Agenda in Serbia - SDGs for all

Projet terminé

The project is a contribution to support an innovative society-wide dialogue on the priorities of Agenda 2030, which leads to citizen-oriented and inclusive policies that contribute to sustainable development. Civil society is supported to influence development priorities through multi-stakeholder platforms, the Government is strengthened to better coordinate and finance Agenda 2030 implementation and the quality and availability of data for Agenda 2030 implementation is improved.

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Participation démocratique et société civile
Politique du secteur publique
01.03.2019 - 30.09.2022
CHF  3’080’000

Since early 2000 Serbia is taking important steps in social, political and economic development, but it lacks an overall development strategy. The reforms undertaken are largely driven by Serbia’s commitment to EU accession. The governmental coordination mechanism for the implementation of the Agenda 2030 has been in place since 2015. However, progress regarding the nationalisation of the SDGs has been slow.

A mapping of the Serbian strategic framework towards the SDGs showed the interconnectedness of the SDGs with EU accession chapters. Key bottlenecks are: lack of vertical coordination in many policy areas, inappropriate financial resource allocation for assuring their implementation, relatively low participation of the civil society and the private sector as well as lack of monitoring mechanisms. Furthermore, local governments (LG) are not yet aware of the relevance of the 2030 Agenda. A Swiss financed baseline review showed high interest of civil society and other stakeholders to influence Serbia’s development orientation, which constitutes an opportunity in a challenging political context.

Objectifs The population of Serbia is profiting from sustainable and inclusive development.
Groupes cibles Governmental institutions coordinating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda: Minister without Portfolio for demography and the Inter-ministerial working group for Agenda 2030, National Statistical Office national and local CSOs, researchers. The ultimate beneficiaries are all citizens of Serbia and groups which are at risk of being left behind.
Effets à moyen terme The policy formulation by the Serbian government in the area of 2030 Agenda priorities is the result of broader consultation with major stakeholders at national and local levels and based on reliable data and evidence.

Principaux résultats attendus:  

Output 1: The coordination of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda is improved.

Output 2: A society-wide dialogue on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda is taking place.

Output 3: The quality and availability of policy-relevant data for 2030 Agenda implementation is improved.

Principaux résultats antérieurs:  

A baseline review prepared within a small action supported by Switzerland showed that Serbia lacks a structured, evidence-based and effective societywide dialogue on development priorities. There is no shared vision regarding what kind of European society Serbia wants to be.

Since 2018 is GIZ supporting a project on public finance reforms (PFR) for SDGs financing. In order to reinforce these reforms by making them more responsive to the needs of the country, an additional component on participatory policy-making for SDG nationalization will be added. SDC contribution will be earmarked for this new component – “SDGs for All” – on which the present proposal is focused.

Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Crédit Coopération avec l'Europe de l'Est
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
Institution étatique étrangère
  • National State Institute North

Coordination avec d'autres projets et acteurs Given the transversal nature of the SDGs the project complements all Swiss interventions. Particular links can be established with projects on civil society, social inclusion and good governance. There will be complementarities with UN activities in relation to the SDGs and the project will build on already close cooperation and regular exchange with UNDP.
Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF    3’080’000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF    2’815’314 Projet total depuis la première phase Budget y compris partenaires de projet CHF   4’500’000
Phases du projet

Phase 1 01.03.2019 - 30.09.2022   (Completed)