Social inovation

As part of the CARE project, only in Serbia, a Social Innovation subproject is being realized. The realization of the subproject started in mid-2018 by making methodologies and gathering data in the field, through questionnaires and in person from Regional Housing Program (RHP) users.

Data was collected about:

• The socio-economic status of the households (employment, income, education etc.)

• About their involvement and integration in system institutions especially in the local community

• The willingness to improve their economic position and self-sustainability through retraining and launching their own businesses

Data was collected in 128 households in the municipalities of Ruma, Pancevo, Stara Pazova, Palilula (settlement Ovca) Sremska Mitrovica and Kula.

Analyzing the data collected , along with sharing experiences with existing models and examples of good practice, will serve as a basis for establishing inclusive business models with RHP users as potential distributors, suppliers and employees

For the purpose of the realization of these project activities, a Workshop in Novi Sad was held on March 29th 2019 (link to the agenda of the workshop). Workshop participants (here is the link to the participants of the workshop I provided) shared their experiences and suggestions that would contribute to the successful realization of the objectives of the Social Innovation subproject.

Based on the discussions of the workshop participants, the following conclusions were drawn up. The participants of the workshop agreed on the following;

  • The final selection of support families to be done in cooperation with the local authorities and in direct contact with RHP end-users
  • A combination of humanitarian interventions and economc (income) approaches is needed in establishing the applicable models of social innovation
  • Special attention should be paid to the model of individual approach in terms of upgrading the existing household resources
  • Before the selection of the model explore the possibility of associating multiple househoulds (individuals) in the sense of interest, knowledge and resources
  • The realization of the project objectives and the establishment of effective support models will be achieved through close cooperation with local authorities, the business sector, foundations and NGOs that successfully deal with these issues

RTV Vojvodina had report about the CARE project in tv show (starts at 44 min) Lačhi rjat Vojvodino – 02.04.2019.


From 12-13 March 2019, representatives of the Igman Initiative, within the Small-Grants Program “Care – Contribution to Access of Refugees and IDPs to Rights and Employment Opportunities”, visited CSOs that received small grants in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia.



Call for proposals for the implementation of the Igman Initiative Small-Grants Programme: “Care – Contribution to Access of refugees and IDPs to Rights and Employment Opportunities” was closed on 15 December, 2018. Submitted project applications were evaluated and as a result, following organizations were selected to implement LOT 1 and LOT2:


Igman Initiative call for independent evaluators

The Call for Expressions of Interest was launched on 27.11.2018. to establish a list of experts to assist in the evaluation of project proposals submitted under the Call for proposals for the implementation of the Igman Initiative Small-Grants Programme: “CARE – Contribution to Access of Refugees and IDPs to Rights and Employment Opportunities”, published on October 15th 2018. On the website of the Igman Initiative .


Workshop of the representatives of RHP Alpha Group and Igman Initiative

Novi Sad

On December 2017 the Igman Initiative started with the implementation of the CARE Project, with support from the European Commission. The main objective of the Project is to support the sustainability of and civic engagement in the Regional Housing Programme (RHP) in all participating countries. The main objective is to be attained through a sub-granting programme extended to CSOs to: improve access to data and analysis on the sustainability of the RHP, and enhance the RHP beneficiaries’ livelihoods, access to rights, and local integration.