Local governments lack the capacity to implement laws and regulations to conform to the new national Law on Social Protection. Also, there is an insufficient number of active service providers, and there is no sustainable mechanism for long-term implementation of community-based services.
SOLUTION & METHODOLOGY
A survey and research were undertaken on the current situation in Serbia regarding community-based service providers and policy advancement, with the objective of providing solid evidence on the necessity to enlarge and strengthen these areas. In the second phase, an info portal was developed to provide insight into the development of support services and their territorial representation, and to serve as a guide on available support for current and potential donors as well as for service providers. Finally, five community-based services were newly established to cater to the needs of young people with disabilities and their families. In this process, cooperation of service providers and local government was recognized as a key factor for sustainability.
OUTLOOK & TRANSERABILITY
The project initiated cooperation among local stakeholders, which will enable continuous ongoing consultation to improve the lives of persons with disabilities at the local level. The programs developed for capacity-building will be implemented in other projects, in other cities and local communities, since the need for such training programs was seen during the project implementation.