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68th Newsletter on Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction



Planning the Future and Poverty in Serbia until 2035

Ivana Poljak, Economic Analyst,
Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit of the Government of the Republic of Serbia

Ivana Poljak Contemporary social and business systems are characterised by complex and dynamic changes to their environment, reflected through risk(s) and uncertainties. The COVID-19 pandemic, like the economic crisis of 2008, has shown a higher degree of uncertainty and the powerful impact of crises on economic systems and social development as a whole.  Under these conditions, the role and importance of futures research is increasing, with the aim of improving planning, better utilising the opportunities and potential of countries, and also more efficiently responding to future challenges and shocks. The scenario method was developed to empower policy creators and society in general to respond to changes in a timely manner. The Scenario Analysis method has been in use for both long-term and mid-term planning for more than half a century, in both the private and the public sector. Full text




Unlimited Freedom – Limited Opportunities

Miroslav Jovanović

8c001aba-d256-42d2-96f8-cd0aaf747426.png When Mirjana wants to leave a strong impression on the person she is talking to, intimidate them and distance herself from them, she tells them that she was in prison because she stabbed her husband with a knife. Bulky, terse, with a sharp look in her eye and a confident tone, she gives the impression of a tough, no-nonsense person who can deal with any situation. However, if someone manages to gain her trust, they will learn that she did it after her husband continuously and violently abused her and their children. This is where the impression of her changes radically. In that sharp look, you start to detect insecurity, vulnerability, worry. Full text


Lavangrad – Interview with (Vojvodina) Architects of Change

“Today, it is common for women from these parts to go abroad, often to Germany, and run households there. This initiative is proof that there is an opportunity to make a profit and establish a good (working) life here as well.”

28265977-0e7a-45a3-ba2c-5af9a2589073.png Inequality in the economic and social position of women in rural areas is an important challenge on the path to achieving gender equality. Differences in access to resources, jobs and profitable activities, as well as education and participation in public life, have been recognised globally. One of the answers to what the path to greater social equality and economic independence of women may look like in this context is currently being developed as a community and a kind of “independent city” in the West Bačka District, more precisely in Sombor and its surrounding villages. Full text

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