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4. Social Inclusion

4.7 Youth work to foster social inclusion

Last update: 28 November 2023

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. 

In 2018, nearly EUR 34,000 were allocated for 4 projects addressing social inclusion of young people with disabilities, education and capacity building of youth/for youth organisations and youth offices on inclusion of youth from socially vulnerable groups. Throughout 2018, the Ministry of Youth and Sport supported through public calls projects implemented by associations and local self-government units that have youth offices, aiming to improve the conditions and mechanisms that foster youth employment, self-employment and entrepreneurship. This was achieved through cross-sectoral cooperation and provided the opportunity for young people at risk of social exclusion to acquire the necessary life skills. 

From 2014 to 2018, the Ministry supported projects of the National Association of Youth Work Practitioners (see Glossary) totalling over EUR 270,000. Through these projects, the research “Impact of youth work and non-formal education on youth employability” was conducted as well as “EU study of good practices of existing mechanisms for recognition of competences acquired through non-formal education in youth work”. Additionally, the employability of young people through small local projects was improved and a manual for online learning as well as a document "The Impact of Social Innovation on Overcoming Marginalization and Youth Unemployment" were developed.

Furthermore, there are a few youth work programmes implemented by public institutions aiming to foster social inclusion in Serbia, such as:

  • Project of the European Union in Serbia, aiming to support youth inclusion and employability, will be implemented in more than 35 cities and municipalities throughout the country in 2019-2020. The total budget of the project is EUR 4,7 million. The project is financed by the European Union and the Government of the Republic of Serbia. The project will award grants to organizations at national and local levels aiming to help youth employability, acquiring knowledge, skills and work experience. 
  • A comprehensive project “Support to Improve Social Inclusion in the Republic of Serbia” (Podrška unapređenju procesa socijalnog uključivanja u Republici Srbiji) led by the Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit aims to enhance the social inclusion process in the Republic of Serbia, in the period 2009 – 2021. More can be found in 4.4 Inclusive programmes for young people/Programmes four vulnerable young people.

The National Employment Action Plan for 2019 (Nacionalni akcioni plan zapošljavanja 2019) points out that in 2019, the status of hard-to-employ persons who will be prioritised for inclusion in active labour market measures is given to:

  • youth up to 30 years of age, 
  • redundant workers, 
  • persons above 50 years of age, 
  • persons with no/low qualifications, 
  • persons with disabilities, 
  • the Roma, 
  • working able beneficiaries of financial social assistance, 
  • long-term unemployed persons (registered as unemployed for over 12 months, especially those unemployed for over 18 months), 
  • youth in institutional care, 
  • youth in foster families, 
  • youth in guardian families, and 
  • victims of domestic violence.

Data on public funding allocated for youth target groups is not available.