We are glad to announce that EPRD Consortium (EPRD-Eptisa-Bolt-WUP) has launched the activities within the recently awarded 2-year €1.7 million EU funded project “Support to social service providers and enhancement of the monitoring capacities in Bosnia and Herzegovina”. On 7 September a kick-off meeting was held at the EU Delegation in Sarajevo where the project team discussed the details of the implementation with the EC representatives.
Meetings with the main beneficiary ministries – the Ministry of Civil Affairs of BiH, the Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees of BiH – as well as other beneficiaries followed, and the project team has also arranged visits to Centres for Social Work placed throughout the country.
The overall objective of this project is to enhance monitoring, reporting and promotion of human rights and to improve social protection of the vulnerable and socially disadvantaged groups.
With respect to the monitoring and promotion of human rights, the project will aim at strengthening the capacities of MHRR and other institutions in charge of collecting data on human rights protection since the existing capacities of the Ministry are insufficiently developed for ensuring an efficient coordination, monitoring and reporting according to international requirements. The project will therefore support the five sectors of the IT department of MHRR to: improve the internal databases used for reporting on human rights of refugees and displaced persons; to create various forms of tailor-made reports; create a web application for making the information available on the website of the Ministry; optimisation of data collection; IT support for improving the business processes.
With respect to the social protection of the vulnerable and socially disadvantaged, the project will help national and local authorities to enable greater social inclusion of vulnerable groups, with special focus on elderly, by broadening and strengthening community-based responses tailored to their specific needs. Furthermore, BiH authorities will be assisted in revising the existing secondary legislation and drafting the missing bylaws and regulations, which will improve the provision of social services.
The project will also provide capacity-building to local authorities in managing social inclusion policies, and to social services providers to design community-based social inclusion initiatives in line with the identified local needs through building local partnerships and stronger cross-sectorial networking. The project will assist the Centres for Social Work to develop a generic model for assisting elderly and disabled persons through the establishment of two mobile teams that will be providing assistance to elderly older than 65 years and respectively to persons under 65 years with some form of disability who are excluded from the existing schemes of social protection.