The three-year project of the Igman Initiative called CARE, whose implementation was supported by the European Commission, was officially completed on December 22, 2020. The project consisted of four countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia and Serbia) that are covered by the Regional Housing Programme (RHP). The main goal of the project was to support the sustainability of the Regional Housing Programme (RHP) and civic participation in it.
The project had the following specific objectives:
-Improve access to RHP sustainability data, as well as analysis of these data, where the main focus is on providing support to leading RHP institutions in all four countries;
-Support to the local integration of RHP end-users and their access to rights, employment opportunities and income generation, where the main focus is on providing support to RHP end-users.
At the beginning of the project, the expected results were projected, and one of them is that civil society in four countries actively participates in the RHP and its sustainability. One of the results of the project was to be that regional and national specific dialogues on RHP and its sustainability were supported by relevant data on key sustainability factors and information on effective approaches to providing support to end users. The expected results were that the sustainability monitoring conducted by the governments of the four countries would be improved through increased availability of data on the sustainability of RHP – technical, socio-economic and socio-cultural, as well as that the sustainability of RHP would be improved in the areas of local integration of end users. The project was implemented through two main components – Lot 1, which was aimed at providing support to the leading institutions of the RHP through the collection and analysis of data on the sustainability of the RHP and Lot 2, which was aimed at supporting end users of the RHP (local integration, access to employment and income opportunities, legal aid, etc.)
Within the project, a pilot project in the field of social entrepreneurship was implemented as a sustainable model for solving the issue of gaining income of end-users of RHP. The project was implemented through the award of small grants to civil society organizations dealing with refugees in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia and Serbia. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, the project involved organizations UZOPI and Hajde, in Montenegro the Legal Center from Podgorica, in Croatia the Civil Rights Program from Sisak, and in Serbia the Ecumenical Humanitarian Organization from Novi Sad, the Education Center from Leskovac, as well as the Housing Center, Amity and IDC from Belgrade.