Open debate – Kosovo

Open debate – Kosovo

Open debate in Kosovo was organized 13th February 2014. in Governmental Building of Kosovo. Around 50 present representatives from Government, Local Institutions and non-governmental organizations that deal with the provision of social services discussed on the main topic “The role of institutions and non-governmental organizations in providing social services and their challenges”.
Biggest part of the discussion was related to domestic violence, which remains a serious problem in Kosovo, with about 420 cases already having been reported this year. On average, the police registers somewhere around 1,000 such complaints per year and the majority of those reporting it, 4 out of 5, are women. According to Naime Sherifi, executive director of the Centre for Protection of Women and Children, the centre has sheltered some 881 victims of domestic violence since 2000. She further adds that “the situation is troubling” and that six to ten women die each tear due to spousal abuse.  Despite boasting a female president and gender quotas in the parliament, Kosovo is still very much a patriarchal society where women are mostly responsible for the home and children. Women also tend to have an average of two years less education than men and are faced with a staggering unemployment rate of 30.9 %.

“Laws related to social services scheme in Kosovo should be subject to increased monitoring associated with determining the level of their application by the relevant state institutions” was one of the main recommendations made on this debate.

Croatian national network

Croatian national network

Meeting for interested organizations from region of Slavonija, Baranja and Middle Dalmacija took place in town Osjek on 25th of December.  In inaugural meeting 33 representatives of organizations engaged in the development and delivery of various types of social services discussed of and established Croatian National network.

KONEKTA – National network of Serbia

KONEKTA – National network of Serbia

Education Center Leskovac( EDC) organized meeting for establishment of Serbian network of CSOs on 15th of December.  They named new network Konekta and it is opened to all interested service providers. Through this project , members of the network Konekta will receive expert support through active , mutual learning and exchange of experiences (peer review method ) and direct mentoring support in the following areas : minimum standards of social protection , licensing organizations and individuals for provision of social services and the accreditation of training programs , entry criteria and priorities of beneficiaries receiving social care, control of the organization and services , monitoring and evaluation, etc.

To make this network more efficient and visible EDC made website ( http://konekta.org/) with all partner organizations.

Konekta consisting of 20 organizations from Arilje, Brus, Coka,  Dimitrovgrad, Golubac, Ivanjica, Kikinda, Knjaževac, Krupanj, Krusevac, Ljubovija, Novi Pazar, Presevo, Prokuplje, Sjenica, Topola, Trstenika,  Valjevo, Velika Plana and Vlasotinca.  About 700 users receive services provided within the existing network Konekta.

Regional Network meeting

Regional Network meeting

The Regional Network meeting took place on 9th and 10th of December 2013, in Belgrade , at Palace of Serbia. The thematic topic of this meeting was “Promoting Active Inclusion and Social Cohesion in the Western Balkans and Building of network of CSO providers of social services” . The event was organized by the Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund (ASB), the Social Inclusion and Poverty Unit Serbia, the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and SOLIDAR, Belgium.

The event was attended by representatives from the Civil and Governmental sectors from South Eastern Europe and the EU next to the presentation of the findings of the Baseline Study encompassed panel discussions with relevant stakeholders on Active Inclusion and Social Cohesion in South Eastern Europe.

National network of Montenegro is established!

National network of Montenegro is established!

SOS Telephone for Women and Children Victims of Violence – Podgorica organized an inaugural event for the National Network of Civil Society Organizations that provides social services in Montenegro on 30th of November in Podgorica.
Before the meeting of these CSO’s, SOS Podgorica organized a public call for CSO’s that wants to be the members of national network in Montenegro. Response was great and SOS Podgorica needed to select only most committed and valuable organizations. They made full application form and afterward rang list of those who passed as suitable for this project.

The meeting was attended by representatives of 25 civil society organizations providing social services in one of the five key areas: elderly care, care for persons with disabilities, gender-based and domestic violence, support to children and youth at risk and migrants, including all vulnerable groups affected by voluntary or forced migration. Organizations from Montenegro showed a high level of interest in becoming members of the Network and it was concluded at the inaugural meeting that the doors of the Network should remain open for newcomers and that the strategy and activities should be ambitious and go broader then planned by the “mother project”.

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