Our Perspective

      • Work with perpetrators - better protection for victims of gender based violence

        01 Oct 2013


        Centers for Social Work (CSW) exist in every municipality in Serbia and they constitute the backbone of social protection system. They are referring to the centralized decision-making institution, Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Policy – UNDP’s primary national partner in the field of combating gender based violence. During the past five years, UNDP was supporting the social protection system to tackle gender dimension of violence more thoroughly. These efforts resulted in a new policy framework which obliges the institutional/general service providers to pay a particular attention to the gender based violence when responding to the protection needs of the victim. Three years ago UNDP in Serbia made a step forward and piloted a new approach, aiming to expand the range of protection services in addressing violence against women (VaW). The basic idea was to slightly twist the common perspective by putting the focus of the intervention on perpetrator rather than on a victim/survivor only. We introduced the programme for work with perpetrators of violence against women, based on the Norwegian best practice model “Alternativ Til Vold” (Alternative to Violence – ATV: http://atv-stiftelsen.no/engelsk). UNDP contacted three strongest City Centers for Social Work (CCSW) who had functional Counseling Centers for Marriage andRead More

      • Get the story out, people to care and institutions to react

        25 Sep 2013


        UNDP in Serbia and the Anticorruption Agency of Serbia set out to publish about corruption in social media. We wanted to break through the over-cautious editorial policies of mainstream media and give new, cutting edge social networking skills to young journalists. We called them “youth sleuths”, to emphasize the investigative aspect of their work. So, we agreed with Pištaljka, Serbia on the Move and Transparency Serbia to embed three young journalists in each organization and help them get the facts right and get the professional story out through social media, hoping to achieve the broadest possible outreach and impact. The journalists wrote close to 30 investigative stories and 10 investigative blogs which uncovered corruption in local municipalities, public procurement of medical equipment and pharmaceuticals and others. All these were seen by several thousand people on social media and further promoted by ACA and UNDP in Serbia through Twitter and Facebook.   Six months down the road our innovative approach had an impact: In August 2013 the Ministry of Culture of Serbia filed a criminal complaint to the Prosecutor, reacting to the sleuth’s article alleging corruption. And few weeks ago, the Ministry of Health filed another complaint following-up to Pištaljka sleuth’s reportRead More