Innovative approaches in the implementation of social protection in the Republic of Serbia

The meeting on innovative approaches in the implementation of social protection was held on February 1st, 2018 in Belgrade. The event was prepared within the project “Support to the Development of Regulatory Mechanisms of Social Welfare” of the Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veterans’ and Social Affairs. The project is funded by the EU and implemented by the NIRAS Consortium.

The meeting was organized with the aim to contribute to the improvement of the knowledge of stakeholders on innovative approaches and mechanisms necessary for further development of social welfare services in the Republic of Serbia and to open discussion on proposals for improving the framework for the development of innovative services. The meeting brought together representatives of organizations implementing social protection projects as well as other interested parties: representatives of competent institutions, social welfare experts, international donors who support the development of social protection services, and others.

The Government of the Republic of Serbia in the framework of the Employment and Social Policy Reform Program (ESRP) states that “the processes of reform in the field of social protection imply not only a completely different approach to the users and their positioning in the center of the system, but also the establishment of numerous new innovative and flexible services, the number of providers of services from the non-state sector (CSOs and the private sector) and the integration of various actors at the local and national levels “.

This event highlighted the potential for innovation that can be found in EU-funded grants in about 30 local government units and points to the scope for improving the framework for the development of social protection services in the Republic of Serbia. In addition, this meeting contributed to the profiling of the elements necessary for the development of a new Social Welfare Development Strategy, to be developed in 2018.