The Social Development Index is a composite index enabling the comparison of the achieved degree of social development among towns and municipalities in the Republic of Serbia. The Social Development Index provides the option of comparing quality of life by towns and municipalities, sortable, depending on individual priorities, according to nine areas: demography, economic activity, education, social protection, healthcare, housing, safety, social participation and vulnerable groups and human rights.
The index will be updated with new data once per year, with the option of improving and adding new indicators, as they are developed and made accessible at the municipal level. It covers all towns and municipalities in the Republic of Serbia (including all city municipalities separately).
Click here to access the Social Development Index of Towns and Municipalities.
The Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit of the Government of the Republic of Serbia published the “Financial Inclusion in Serbia – Analysis of the Status, Obstacles, Benefits and Opportunities” publication, by authors Aleksa Nenadović and Pavle Golicin.
The analysis was aimed at determining the state of financial inclusion in Serbia by reviewing and comparing existing surveys and research, checking the data available by way of a focus group, and more deeply examine individual attitudes regarding financial inclusion, and then, based on the findings and a review of international literature and practice, proposing measures to increase financial inclusion in Serbia. Thus the analysis sets the foundation and introduction for further research and policy application aiming to increase financial inclusion in Serbia.
Research worldwide has shown multiple benefits for the economy from increasing financial inclusion. For Serbia, it is necessary to increase the education level required for new workplaces if it wants to increase the living standard of its citizens and reduce inequalities. If vulnerable citizens do not have savings in banks and do not take out credits for education, investments in education are also reduced, thereby additionally increasing inequality and reducing economic growth. Individuals having know-how and business ideas, but without bank accounts, cannot apply for business credits, therefore financial exclusion prevents the appearance of new small enterprises on the market.
Click here to download the publication “Financial Inclusion in Serbia – Analysis of the Status, Obstacles, Benefits and Opportunities”.
The Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit of the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the United Nations Development Programme are issuing a call entitled “Programme of Support to Developing Research Staff in Social Sciences – Secondary Analyses of Data Obtained through the Survey on Income and Living Conditions – SILC”.
The overall goal of the programme is a deeper understanding of factors impacting poverty, social exclusion, material deprivation, risk of poverty, inequality, access to the labor market and other aspects important for the quality of life of individuals and families in the Republic of Serbia by raising the capacities of researchers to implement complementary/secondary research in unexplored areas of great importance for formulating efficient public policies in these segments. The programme should stimulate researchers starting their careers to use various available data sources and existing research materials.
The deadline for submitting project proposals expires on 20 April. More information on the call can be found here.
The Women’s Platform was created as the result of a conference held in Palić in late 2014, gathering a large number of women engaged in public work from various institutions, parliaments, the academic community, civil society, private sector, political parties, unions and media.
Development goals were defined within the Women’s Platform in various areas of public life, in order to direct development towards improving the quality of daily life for women and men in Serbia during the 2014-2020 period.
The platform was officially presented at a conference held on 6 March 2015 at the Palace of Serbia in Belgrade, organized by the “Friedrich Ebert” foundation and the Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit of the Government of the Republic of Serbia. The event was attended by a large number of participants from all sectors and levels of authority. The presentation of the platform was aimed at spreading the ideas they stand for, as well as the ceremonial signing by the event participants. The signing of the Women’s Platform is an important step in the active commitment to women’s rights in Serbia.
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Prof. David Mitchell, PhD from the Canterbury University of New Zealand, an expert in the field of inclusive education, visited Belgrade on 23 and 24 March of this year. The visit was organized by the Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, and UNICEF.
During his stay in Serbia, Professor Mitchell met representatives of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, university teachers and students, teachers, expert associates, defectologists, members of the Network of Support to Inclusive Education and representatives of the non-government sector. The visit was an opportunity to exchange experiences in the application of inclusive education, as well as for an introduction to the role of parents and the way to build teacher competences for inclusive education in New Zealand. Professor Mitchell also held a lecture on the teaching/learning strategies that have proven effective in an inclusive environment.
Click here to download the presentations from Professor Mitchell’s lectures in Belgrade.