Over 600 civil society organizations gathered in the following networks: Civil Society Focal Points, the Anti-Poverty Network – Serbia, the Network of Organizations for Children of Serbia – MODS and the Women-Poverty-Development Network urged Serbian Government for establishing Social Inclusion Fund.
The representatives of civil society in Serbia stressed that it was necessary to establish a mechanism which would enable an efficient coordination of projects and activities aimed at the social inclusion of marginalized population. An expected outcome would be a more rational and effective utilization of financial resources and a higher synergy. It is also important to make the funds earmarked for social inclusion projects more readily available for civil society organizations and civic initiatives, and thus facilitate their involvement in these processes, under conditions resulting in higher quality, transparency and social development.
Such a mechanism could be embodied in the Social Inclusion Fund, which would help utilize the existing budget resources, earmarked for the development of programs and services targeting diverse social groups, more efficiently and effectively.
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