Promoting social inclusion in Serbia

Promoting social inclusion in Serbia

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  • Commissioning Party

    German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

  • Country
  • Lead executing agency


  • Overall term

    2023 to 2026

  • Products and expertise

    Governance and democracy


Despite economic growth in recent years, not all population groups in Serbia have equal opportunities to participate in social, economic and societal life.

The prospects of women and girls are limited by gender-based discrimination and traditional gender roles. In addition, minorities such as Roma communities and people with migration backgrounds are exposed to intersectional discrimination.

Although there are relevant guidelines in place to promote social inclusion in the country, their implementation at the local level within municipalities is often inadequate. There is a shortage of programmes that effectively promote social and economic inclusion, address gender-specific needs and consider intersecting vulnerabilities such as migration backgrounds.


The social inclusion of women, girls and disadvantaged groups is improved.


The project is making a difference in three main ways:

  • By helping 20 selected municipalities, local administrations, private sector entities and civil society stakeholders to offer gender-sensitive social services and employment opportunities.
  • By developing and implementing digital and analogue anti-discrimination measures to dismantle gender stereotypes, gender norms, prejudices and exclusion.
  • By improving the effectiveness and implementation of existing guidelines for social inclusion through facilitating dialogue and cooperation between national and local stakeholders and among municipalities.

Last update: June 2023

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