11. 12. 2019.

Employment projects for hard-to-employ population categories

The Inclusion Initiative was launched in mid-2017 when the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) and the Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities began the project-related collaboration with the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs, the National Employment Service, the Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit and the Commissariat for Refugees and Migrations of the Republic of Serbia. The project itself was initiated with a view to provide support to towns and municipalities in Serbia in developing innovative and sustainable employment solutions for marginalised and hard-to-employ population categories, with particular emphasis on creating employment opportunities for EU returnees – asylum seekers, Roma and other marginalised social groups. The Inclusion Initiative in its Phase I has supported seven towns and municipalities (Požarevac, Arilje, Sokobanja, Kučevo, Novi Pazar, Bečej and Mladenovac) in hiring a total of 236 persons. Owing to formidable results of Phase I, Inclusion Initiative Phase Two is continuing under the GIZ-implemented project “Inclusion of Roma and other marginalised groups in Serbia”.

Specifically, the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has commissioned GIZ to implement the “Inclusion of Roma and other marginalised groups in Serbia”, in partnership with the Cabinet of the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia as the Chairperson of the Coordination Body for Monitoring the Implementation of the Strategy for Social Inclusion of Roma in the Republic of Serbia for the period 2016 – 2025. At this phase of the project, German Development Cooperation funds will be used to support nine selected projects of towns and municipalities with up to EUR 150,000, namely - Valjevo, Požarevac, Sombor, Vršac, Bač, Kraljevo, Raška, Novi Pazar and Apatin, aimed at creating new employment opportunities for marginalised groups. The proposed projects, among others, include the following topics and activities: sustainable agriculture through practical and theoretical training in farming, business start-up – self-employment, support in developing social entrepreneurship, geriatric nurse training with special emphasis on employment of Roma women, recycling and procurement of equipment for primary waste sorting, and training and preparation for the unemployed in independent work in collecting recyclables. All projects include training courses designed to facilitate employment of Roma and other marginalised groups in Serbia.