Local Initiatives for Improved Social Inclusion of Young Roma

About the Project:

The project supports skills development and employment of young Roma within local-level institutions to develop, implement and monitor Roma inclusion policies at the local level. Project focus:

  • To improve the lives of young Roma men and women and respond to a lack of representation of Roma in national and local institutions, while at the same time capacitating local institutions to better respond to the needs of vulnerable individuals;
  • Work with local authorities to increase their commitment towards Roma inclusion by facilitating Roma employment in local institutions (Centers for Social Work, Local Economic Development Offices, Trustee Offices for refugees and displaced persons, National Employment Service branch offices, etc.);
  • Advocate for the interests of Roma community at the local level, by working together with various stakeholders to achieve sustainable results.

Project Outcomes:

  • 65 selected young Roma increased their knowledge on human rights, discrimination, legally invisible people, stateless persons, internaly displaced persons and returnees; vulnerable group rights (access to social welfare, employment, education);functioning of mechanisms for social inclusion and Roma inclusion at the local level.
  • Young Roma women and men were placed in local government institutions and local non-governmental organizations in the communities they live in so that they can contribute to, and advocate for the political, social and economic inclusion of Roma and other vulnerable populations in Serbia. 
  • Out of 65 UNVs engaged, 26 continued employment or got employed after the volunteering process.  
  • Association of young volunteers is established as a network of 65 young Roma men and women. 

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Project start date:

June 2011

Estimated end date:

December 2021

Focus area:

  • inclusive growth
  • eradicate poverty in all its forms and dimensions
  • gender equality
  • Project office:

    UNDP in Serbia

    Implementing partner:

    Govt. of Rep. Of Serbia

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    Funding Support by

    Donor name

  • United Nations Development Pro
  • Un High Commissioner For Refugees (unhcr)
  • Government Of Turkey
  • Italian Ministry For Foreign Affairs
  • Government Of Norway
  • Amount contributed


    Delivery in previous fiscal year

    2021 $79,121

    2020 $169,883

    2019 $133,900

    2018 $162,302

    2017 $124,352

    2016 -$27,734

    2014 $69,010

    2013 $66,847

    2012 $75,479

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