Duration: April 2017 – December 2018

Donor: German Government

Budget: 2.795.000,00 EUR/ 1.078.904,29 EUR Republic of Serbia

Region: Western Balkans region, Republic of Serbia, Leskovac Nis, Medvedja, Pirot, Svrljig

Target group: start-up businesses, micro and small businesses, unemployed women, youth, national minority groups, disabled, less employable categories of population


The overall objective of the regional project is to increase the capacity of economically and socially vulnerable groups to participate more fully in society while the specific objectives aim to decrease poverty levels among economically vulnerable groups, increase access to labour market in Serbia for the former prisoners, and contribute inclusion or Roma into Montenegrin society.


Through in-kind grants, educational/vocational training, networking and mentoring the project activities will lead to economic empowerment of the targeted group, decrease the level of poverty, and increase their employment prospects.

It is expected that the project activities will result in:

  • Fully operational at least 600 micro businesses in Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia, generating sufficient income
  • At least 1130 persons in Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia, attended business and professional training increasing their skills and knowledge in business running, thus enhancing their business efficiency and competitive performance including the employees and convicts in the correctional institutions in Serbia
  • Established and fully operational two cooperatives in Serbia generating income
  • At least 16 cooperative members increased their knowledge and competences through relevant training
  • Correctional institutions in Nis and Sremska Mitrovica, and correctional home for juvenile Krusevac equipped and increased the performance level of the treatment programme
  • At least 30 former convicts from Serbia assisted through the resocialization programme
  • Created and applied mechanisms and models for the resocialization of former convicts
  • Project partners enhanced their management capacities in the socio-economic projects implementation
  • Prefabricated houses constructed and inhabited with 10 Roma families (approx. 60 family members)