About Project

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The European Union Support to Social Housing and Active Inclusion Programme (SHAI) is designed to enhance implementation of social inclusion policies in Serbia and provide sustainable housing solutions accompanied with active inclusion measures for the most vulnerable population. 

The European Union (EU) has allocated 20 million Euros through the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) 2018 for the 36 month-long implementation of the Programme, and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) has been selected as the implementing partner. 

National partners and the Programme beneficiaries are the Ministry for Construction, Transport, and Infrastructure, the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veterans and Social Affairs, the Ministry of European Integration.

The Programme will strengthen capacities at the national and local level for identification, programming, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of sustainable social housing programmes and projects. It will also provide a range of housing solutions for vulnerable beneficiaries, ranging from construction of multi-family residential blocks, to procurement of village or prefabricated houses, and reconstruction of self-owned properties. Interventions will also include small scale infrastructure works in sub-standard settlements. 

In order to facilitate sustainability, the Programme will support implementation of complementary social inclusion measures, which will primarily focus on employment and economic empowerment of beneficiaries. The projects will be selected through open calls for proposals, which are transparent solicitation methods, respecting fairness and integrity. 

Particularly targeted groups belong to the vulnerable and at-risk-of-poverty population, such as Roma, disadvantaged women, in particular women victims of domestic violence, youth in/leaving care, persons with disabilities, and others who live in inadequate housing conditions. The Programme will also benefit national institutions and local self-governments, as well as social inclusion service providers from public and civil society sector. 

The Programme, grounded in national and international frameworks, will contribute to meeting the European Union accession criteria under Chapters 19 that relates to social inclusion and Chapter 23 that covers fundamental rights, along with achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The European Union Support to Social Housing and Active Inclusion Programme (SHAI) is designed to enhance implementation of the social inclusion policies in Serbia and provide sustainable housing solutions for the most vulnerable population. The European Union (EU) has allocated 20 million Euros through the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) 2018 for the implementation of the Programme during 36 months. The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) has been selected, after a call for expression of interest, as the implementing partner.

Specifically, the Programme will strengthen capacities at the national and local level for identification, programming, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of sustainable social housing programmes and projects. It will also provide a range of housing solutions for the vulnerable beneficiaries, from construction of multi-family residential blocks, to procurement of village or pre-fabricated houses, and reconstruction of self-owned properties. Interventions will also include conduct of small scale infrastructure works in sub-standard settlements that will improve living conditions for men, women, boys and girls who live there. In order to facilitate sustainability, the Programme will support implementation of complementary social inclusion measures, which will primarily focus on employment and economic empowerment of beneficiaries. 

Particularly targeted groups are vulnerable and at-risk-of-poverty population, such as Roma, disadvantaged women, in particular women victims of domestic violence, youth in/leaving care, persons with disabilities, and others who live in inadequate housing conditions. The Programme will also benefit national institutions and local self-governments, as well as social inclusion service providers from public and civil society sector. 

The Programme is based on the National Priorities for International Assistance in the Republic of Serbia 2014-2017, with projections until 2020 (NAD), significant for Serbia’s EU accession process and socio-economic development. Its activities will be undertaken in partnership with the Government of Serbia and in cooperation with national and local institutions, civil society organisations, while respecting the national strategies, laws and relevant development documents, in order to ensure national ownership and help develop national capacities. Implementation of this Programme will also contribute to meeting the accession criteria under Chapters 19 that relates to social inclusion and Chapter 23 that covers fundamental rights. Consequently, the results of this Programme will bring Serbia closer to EU standards and practice.

Predominantly, the projects will be selected through open calls for proposals, which are transparent solicitation methods, respecting fairness and integrity. Using UNOPS grant methodology in management of projects will also contribute to national ownership of the activities, with the national partners leading in implementation, and UNOPS maintaining advisory and monitoring role. Technical assistance activities will be provided by experts or consultancies that will be engaged in accordance with UNOPS regulations related to procurement and human resources. 

The Ministry for Construction, Transport, and Infrastructure will preside over the Programme Steering Committee (PSC), which will provide strategic guidance, and monitor progress and performance. Other PSC members will be from the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veterans and Social Affairs, the Ministry of European Integration, and the donor, the Delegation to the European Union in Serbia. The representatives of the Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities, the Commissariat for Refugees and Migration, the Office for Cooperation with Civil Society, and the Social Inclusion Poverty Reduction, and Roma National Minority Council will participate in the work of the PSC as observers. 

The risks, which may impede fulfilment of the Programme’s objectives, have been analysed and mitigation measures were proposed. For example, the grantees may have low capacities, which could reduce efficiency and effectiveness of implementation. In order to minimise this risk intensive communication about the Programme with stakeholders will be conducted continuously and priority will be given to capacity building activities in the early implementation phase. While aiming to ensure that the activities meet beneficiaries’ needs, the Programme will engage them in the design of activities and of particular social housing solutions. The Programme will also engage and ensure benefits for the receiving community in order to reduce possible opposition to particular social housing projects.    

Communication activities will be based on three pillars: promotion of the Programme and the EU support, raising awareness about the Programme interventions and opportunities among key stakeholders, and sensitisation of local receiving communities to the issues of the vulnerable beneficiaries. The Communications and Visibility Strategy will be developed in line with the Communication and Visibility Manual for EU External Actions, the Visibility Guidelines by the European Commission (DG NEAR), and the requirements outlined in the Acton Document. The Programme will also contribute to broader EU communication efforts, such as is the campaign “EU for You”. 

In addition to strong focus on employment of the direct beneficiaries, a range of actions will be implemented to ensure social, economic, and environmental sustainability and gender equality integration. For example, while the LSGs will be owners of the residential blocks that will be constructed, the Programme will ensure that female have co-ownership of the procured village or prefabricated houses as this is a prerequisite for poverty reduction and protection of women rights and those of their children. 

The Programme will regularly monitor progress and performance against the planned targets within the logical framework matrix (LFM). It will produce monthly, quarterly, annual, and final report(s) in order to provide quality access to Programme related information.  The resources have been budgeted for conduct of the evaluation of the Programme, while the European Commission may carry out a mid-term, a final or an ex-post evaluation of the entire Programme and/or its components via independent consultants, through a joint mission or via an implementing partner. 



Sector
  • Rule of Law
  • Social Inclusion
Components
  • Social Housing Active Inclusion Capacity Building
City / District
Belgrade, Sebia
EU Contribution
27,000,000 €
Implementation period
December 2019 - November 2022
Beneficiary
the Ministry for Construction, Transport, and Infrastructure, the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veterans and Social Affairs, the Ministry of European Integration
Implemented by
UNOPS - the United Nations Office for Project Services