28. 5. 2021.

FINANCING AND KNOWLEDGE IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE BETTER POSITION OF ROMA IN SERBIA DOPRINOSI BOLJEM POLOŽAJU ROMA U SRBIJI

Belgrade, May 27, 2021

Within the programme Inclusion of Roma and other marginalized groups in Serbia, which is implemented by GIZ within the German development cooperation, the workshop "Project cycle management" was completed yesterday. The five-day workshop, held in two segments during May in Belgrade at the Zira Hotel, was attended by representatives of civil society organizations, municipalities, cities and local institutions, which focus on Roma, returnees and other marginalized groups. The aim of the workshop is professional training of staff in terms of preparation, application for funds and project implementation.

One of the basic sources of financing projects that are in the interest of improving the quality of life of the citizens of Serbia are international donations. According to the annual research conducted by the Ministry of European Integration of the Republic of Serbia, in that respect, the largest donor is the European Union, and the largest bilateral donor is Germany. In the period from 2010 to 2020, the European Union invested 1.8 billion euros in projects in Serbia. It is immediately followed by Germany with 189 million euros, the United States with 161mill and the United Nations with 141 million euros. "This financial potential is very important for the economic and social development of Serbia, primarily in terms of social protection, employment and general improvement of the position of the most endangered social groups." The program we implement cooperates with a large number of civil society organizations and local governments and institutions. That is why it is in their and our interest to support their empowerment, ”said Marina Babović, project manager of the Roma Inclusion programme and other marginalized groups in Serbia.

"The process of planning, development and implementation of projects is specific and requires constant learning and adaptation to new circumstances. If you are not informed about the news, you are not competitive. This workshop was very informative and tailored to all participants regardless of experience. That is why, after decades of experience in that business, it was more than useful for me,’’ said Živojin Mitrović, president of the Board of Directors of the humanitarian association Roma Heart, which deals with the inclusion of Roma and improving their position in society. Mitrović adds that the advantage of the workshop "Project Cycle Management" which really covers all phases of the process from idea to realization.

Advantage of the workshop is also emphasized by Tamara Jovanović from the Roma Media Service, who is a beginner in project practice. "At the workshop, we received general knowledge about how project financing and project implementation works, but also specific instructions on how to best implement all phases of the project cycle. I think that for me, this will be a great base for gaining experience through working with older colleagues, ”she explains.

( Tamara Jovanović i Živojin Mitrović)

Representatives of the Municipality of Zvezdara and the City Secretariat for Social Protection of the City of Belgrade also participated in the workshop. In their opinion, during the workshop they received practical advice and specific instructions for the preparation and implementation of projects, which will benefit them in their work and contribute to the successful implementation of a number of projects.

The workshop "Project Cycle Management" held in Belgrade is the first in a series of four workshops. The next ones will be organized at the regional level in southern and central Serbia and Vojvodina. Workshops are organized within the training program for capacity building of pilot cities and municipalities in the implementation of measures in areas relevant to the Strategy for Social Inclusion of Roma in the Republic of Serbia for the period from 2016 to 2025 and Local Action Plans for Social Inclusion of Roma.