Support to local sustainable development

Support to local sustainable development through poverty reduction and economic empowerment

March 2012 – October 2013 

Donor: German Government, 15 cities and municipalities of the Republic of Serbia

Budget: 1.743.400,00 EUR

Duration: March 2012 – December 2013


Region: Republic of Serbia – Bela Palanka, Bujanovac, Kraljevo, Leskovac, Merosina, Nis, Novi Pazar, Pirot, Presevo,Priboj, Prijepolje, Smederevo, Svrljig, Tutin and Vranje

The project is being implemented by Help in partner cooperation with the non-governmental organizations EDEAS from Bujanovac and INTEGRA- Service Centre for Development of Entrepreneurs from Kraljevo.

Description: The programme focuses on the educational and economic support to local development in the South Serbia and Sandzak (the City of Smederevo is included due to the high unemployment rate and the high number of refugees/IDPs). The components of the programme will lead to the direct job creation (at least 500 registered employees) and will improve the clients’ future social, cultural and professional life.

Expected results:

  • Grants for entrepreneurs (provision of 500 grants)
  • Business and vocational trainings (at least 450 business and 375 vocational trainings)
  • Development of 4 cooperatives
  • Other networking activities (study visits, fair visits/participation and other)

The overall objective of the programme is to contribute to the sustainable development in Serbia with the main focus on the empowerment of the local economic structures in the targeted cities and municipalities.

The specific objective of the intervention – educational and economic support to local development in the South Serbia and Sandzak, direct job creation through in kind grant support, business training, professional/vocational education, development of cooperatives and other netw