08/10/2021: CfP: Improved safety of women in Serbia

UN Women Serbia is inviting civil society organizations (CSOs) registered in Serbia, with experience in working in the field of women’s rights, their empowerment and/or and violence against women and girls to submit project proposals.

08/10/2021: CfP: Improved safety of women in Serbia

UN Women Serbia is inviting civil society organizations (CSOs) registered in Serbia, with experience in working in the field of women’s rights, their empowerment and/or and violence against women and girls to submit project proposals. Proposals should focus on context-specific outreach and capacity-building activities for empowering rural women and girls for life without violence and information sharing of the available and accessible mechanisms for protection from VAWG and gender-based discrimination, under the project “Improved Safety of Women in Serbia”. Read more

Proposals containing all required application documents must be received by UN Women Serbia at the address grants.serbia@unwomen.org not later than 23.30 (CET) on 8 October 2021.

27/09/2021 Cfp: awareness raising campaign on trafficking in children in Serbia

the Council of Europe is launching a call for grant, which is to be opened to non-governmental organisations registered in Republic of Serbia.

27/09/2021 Cfp: awareness raising campaign on trafficking in children in Republic of Serbia

Within the framework of the European Union/Council of Europe programme “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey 2019-2022” and its action on “Preventing and combating trafficking in human beings in Serbia”, the Council of Europe is launching a call for grant, which is to be opened to non-governmental organisations registered in Republic of Serbia.

The deadline for the submission of applications is 27 September 2021. Read more

Closed (27/08/21): Get Balkanized Internship Programme

Since 2019, the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg has been offering the Get Balkanized Internship Programme. They are optimistic to fully resume the programme in 2022 and fund up to 20 vacancies in the partner countries Albania, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Kosovo and Serbia.

Closed (27/08/21): Get Balkanized Internship Programme

Since 2019, the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg has been offering the Get Balkanized Internship Programme. They are optimistic to fully resume the programme in 2022 and fund up to 20 vacancies in the partner countries Albania, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Kosovo and Serbia

In the following find the most important information on the programme’s framework conditions. Have as well a look at the cartoon that is summarising the programme, available here.

Please send an email expressing your interest and annex the corresponding vacancy to michael.sauer@h-brs.de by Friday, 27 August 2021

New project: Updated review of Western Balkan economies regarding the EPSR

The European Centre is currently updating the six reviews of the Western Balkan countries regarding the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR).

New project: Updated review of Western Balkan economies regarding the EPSR

The European Centre is currently updating the six reviews of the Western Balkan countries: Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Republic of North Macedonia, & Serbia regarding the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR). The European Centre team is working with country experts to create high-quality reports to monitor the countries’ achievements and reform efforts of social rights as candidate and potential candidate countries and preparing a comparative overview report for 2021. Within the framework of the Employment and Social Affairs Platform 2 (ESAP 2) project that is implemented by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and funded by the EU. The European Centre was also engaged as the international expert organization in the reviews prepared in 2018/19 and coordinated the 2020 reviews. Read more

15/10/21: CfP – Support to ‘Western Balkans 6’ for strengthening media freedom & fighting domestic & gender-based violence

The purpose of this Call for Proposals is to contribute to reforms processes underpinned by EU integration by supporting civil society actors in the ‘Western Balkans 6’ countries – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia.

15/10/21: CfP – Strengthening civil society capacities & resilience in Armenia – The EU Delegation to Armenia 

The Balkan Trust for Democracy’s financial and technical assistance for this sub-granting process is part of the larger Norwegian efforts to support Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia.

THE PURPOSE OF THE CALL

The purpose of this Call for Proposals is to contribute to reforms processes underpinned by EU integration by supporting civil society actors in the ‘Western Balkans 6’ countries – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia.

This sub-granting scheme of the Balkan Trust for Democracy (BTD) is being realized with the support of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade.

Support is given to two priority areas:

I. Media Freedom
II. Fight against Domestic and Gender-based Violence 

This is an open call, and project proposals will be assessed continuously from 5 August 2020 up until 15 October 2021. Read more

POW-BRIDGE MLL2: Solutions to main challenges of posting of workers rules

POW-BRIDGE Mutual Learning Lab 2 (MLL2): Solutions to main challenges in the implementation of posting of workers rules

The Second Mutual Learning Lab (MLL2) of the POW-BRIDGE project took place on 26 May 2021. The aim of MLL2 was to follow up on the results from the first Mutual Learning Lab (MLL1) and to identify and discuss solutions addressing main challenges in the implementation practice of the posting of workers rules in 8 project countries: Austria, Hungary, Italy, Poland, North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia. Read more, more about POW-BRIDGE

Closed (01/06/21): Call for project peer reviewers – The Science Fund of the Republic of Serbia (SFRS)

The Science Fund of the Republic of Serbia (SFRS) is looking for international experts to ensure a reviewing process of project proposals submitted for funding programs of the SFRS.

Closed (01/06/21): Call for project peer reviewers – The Science Fund of the Republic of Serbia (SFRS)

The Science Fund of the Republic of Serbia (SFRS), a state institution providing grants to researchers in Serbia, is looking for international experts in order to ensure an objective, high-quality two-stage reviewing process of project proposals submitted for funding programs of the SFRS.

More information on the Details of the Call, including inclusion and assessment criteria, ToR and fees are available at the following link

Online article: Youth Underemployment in the Western Balkans: A Multidimensional Approach

Online article: Youth Underemployment in the Western Balkans: A Multidimensional Approach by Petreski et al.

When a worker works at most 35 hours a week and wants to work more, he is said to be underemployed. In addition, when his skills are underutilized, there is uncertainty about the job, he is underpaid and there is lack of formal working conditions, he is said to be multidimensionally underemployed. This paper analyzes youth underemployment multidimensionality and its effect on wages in three Western Balkan countries: North Macedonia, Serbia, and Montenegro. Our empirical approach controls for sample-selection bias and endogeneity through internally-generated instruments. The findings suggest that intensifying underemployment along the multidimensional scale reduces wage on average by 7.6%. The effect is the strongest in North Macedonia, followed by Montenegro and Serbia. Read more

Online Article: The ‘refugee crisis’ and its transformative impact on EU-Western Balkans relations

Online Article: The ‘refugee crisis’ and its transformative impact on EU-Western Balkans relations by Webb 

This article explores to what extent the securitisation of the refugee crisis led to policy changes and the consequence of these changes on EU relations with the countries of North Macedonia and Serbia. Read more