4. Social inclusion
The Social Inclusion and poverty Reduction Unit of the Government of the Republic of Serbia (Tim za socijalno uključivanje i smanjenje siromaštva Vlade Republike Srbije) is the main governmental authority responsible for social inclusion in Serbia. It was established in 2009 by the Government of the Republic of Serbia.
Even though there is no specific national strategy on social inclusion of young people in Serbia there are two main official documents that refer to the social inclusion of young people:
- the National Youth Strategy 2015-2025 (Nacionalna strategija za mlade 2015-2025),
- the Strategy for Social Inclusion of Roma men and women in the Republic of Serbia for the period 2016-2025 (Strategija socijalnog uključivanja Roma i Romkinja za period 2016-2025), as well as the Action Plan for 2017-2018 (Akcioni plan za 2017-2018) for the implementation of the aforementioned strategy.
One of the most comprehensive projects aiming at enhancing the social inclusion process in the Republic of Serbia for the period 2009 – 2021 is the project “Support to Improve Social Inclusion in the Republic of Serbia” (Podrška unapređenju procesa socijalnog uključivanja u Republici Srbiji) whose activities are financed by the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the Swiss Confederation, represented by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.
In addition, the Ministry of Youth and Sport annually announces public calls for proposals for the implementation of the National Youth Strategy 2015-2025, seeking to support projects addressing the social inclusion of young people.
Further policy development refers to the near adoption of the National Strategy for Social Protection for the period 2019-2025 by the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Social and Veteran Affairs. Field professionals believe the Strategy will help establish continuity in the reforms of social protection and enable consistency in work in the field of social protection.