Japan supports municipalities through UNDP partnership: US$ 1.1 m for solutions to local resilience in refugee and migrant crisis

Apr 22, 2016

Belgrade, 22. April 2016 – Community resilience in Serbia receives further support by the Government of Japan, which has contributed US 1.1 m towards sustaining local services and community cohesion in municipalities most affected by the ongoing refugee and migrant crisis. The new project will be implemented over the next 12 months by UNDP, in close partnership with the Ministry of Public Administration and Local Self-Government and the Public Investment Management Office.

The Project will focus on strengthening local institutions to cope with increased demand, thereby ensuring that both domestic and arriving populations continue to have access to crucial local services, such as waste management, water supply, sewage and sanitation systems, roads and other transport infrastructure, maintenance of local public buildings (schools, primary healthcare units) etc.

The partnership is trusted to deliver a needs-responsive combination of hardware (equipment, infrastructure, and machinery) and software (best practices, networking for solutions, design, and planning, effective volunteering mechanisms) solutions to the challenges posed to local communities in Serbia by the current crisis.

UNDP has already undertaken the initial assessments of key services in the most affected municipalities and will proceed to prioritize these through an inclusive process conducted with the Ministry of Public Administration and Local Self-Government, Commissariat for Refugees and Migrants, the municipalities themselves and civil society organizations in affected municipalities.

The current project, focused on aiding continuity of local services along key migration routes through Serbia, is part of a broader US$ 4.575 m assistance approved by the Government of Japan earlier this year to support Serbia in facing this evolving crisis.

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