Strengthening social infrastructure in communities affected by the refugee crisis

Donor: Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Partners: Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veterans and Social Affairs

Project period: since 2016


  • The social infrastructure in structurally weak communities, especially in the south of Serbia, has been suffering for years from a lack of investment.
  • Urgent renovations to social facilities, such as schools, kindergartens and health centres, have not been carried out.
  • Many structurally weak communities do not have enough capacity to plan, tender and control the necessary investments.
  • Weak public welfare, high unemployment (18% average in Serbia) and the poor economic situation lead to the situation that many Serbs in structurally weak communities do not see a prospect of staying for themselves and their families and decide to emigrate. Particularly disadvantaged are deprived groups who only have poor income opportunities. Especially members of the Roma ethnic minority fall under this group of people.
  • The project aims to rehabilitate, expand or rebuild facilities of social infrastructure in structurally weak or migrant-affected communities.


  • The aim of the aid measure is to improve social infrastructure services for the local population, especially for vulnerable groups such as minorities (Roma) and returned migrants. The aim is to reduce the emigration pressure on the local population and to reduce the potential for conflict be-tween migrants and the local population.
  • The programme covers the construction / rehabilitation of, in particular, kindergartens, schools and health facilities. An additional measure helps enabling disadvantaged groups (in particular Roma) to have a better access to relevant public service.
Good Governance


  • The project aims to implement more than 20 projects in up to 12 municipalities on the so-called Balkan route (Bujanovac, Vranje, Leskovac, Surdulica, Vladičin Han, Bosilegrad, Dimitrovgrad, Šid, Subotica, Bačka Palanka, Žabari and Beočin)

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