Our Projects

Social Inclusion

  • The project "Synergistic social system" started with the implementation on 1st October 2014, as a part of the EU Employment and Social Solidarity Programme - PROGRESS 2007- 2013, and it is implemented by the Ministry of Social Policy and Youth in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Croatia. The project is worth €159,633, and the duration 18 months.

  • This gap between Roma inclusion national strategies’ expectations and realities at local level will be the key focus of the Project “Better together for Roma in Croatia” - “Area-based approach for Roma inclusion at local level in Croatia (Local Roma SI)” (financed by EEA and Norway Grants*) .

  • Based on the results and momentum created in Međimurje County during first phase of the Project - as well as given the interest from stakeholders to continue support, this new Project phase will continue to address the processes of longstanding exclusion of Roma from participation in local development planning and governance; use of funding opportunities for needs identified by the community and employment in Medjimurje County, Croatia.

  • Roma continue to be one of the most disadvantaged groups in Croatia. UNDP's survey points to a widening gap in poverty, education and employment between Roma and non-Roma.

  • The project provides support to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in assessing social exclusion in Croatia and design practical policies and strategies for inclusion of its most vulnerable populations.

  • During the Homeland War in Croatia in 1991-95 many women (and some men) were victims of sexual violence perpetrated by enemy forces as an act of war.

  • Since 2001 the UNAIDS co-sponsors active in Croatia joined in the UN Theme Group on HIV/AIDS as the main instrument of UN coordination on HIV/AIDS in Croatia.

  • The project provides a platform for informed discussions and debate on actual cases of discrimination and mobilizes policy and legislation changes.

  • The WHO Collaborating Centre / Knowledge Hub for HIV Surveillance is a unique centre which brings together an interdisciplinary group of scientists and policy makers across the University of Zagreb and institutions of excellence in HIV surveillance from all over the world.

Local Development

  • The project „Preparing grounds for the use of EU funds: creating a project pipeline for the less developed areas of the Republic of Croatia“ known under the name Project Hunters, started in August 2013. After 14 months of implementation, the key results of the project were presented in December 2015.

  • The best-known architectural monument in central Vukovar, Radnički dom (Worker's Hall), which was demolished during the 1990s war, is to regain its former splendor under a €1.64 million project funded by the European Union (EU) and the Vukovar Reconstruction and Development Fund.

  • Agriculture still plays a key role in Croatian economy due to its overall value and its impact on food security, vulnerable populations and the employment it generates. Up to 92% of Croatia is classified as rural with 48% of the Croatian population living there.

  • Central Croatian regions of Banovina and Kordun regions are still struggling to recover after the 1991-1995 conflict. Despite its increased vicinity to the capital Zagreb thanks to recent and ongoing infrastructure works, the counties rank very low in terms of social services, health and education.

Environment and Energy

  • The Full-Sized UNDP-GEF project Strengthening the Institutional and Financial Sustainability of the National Protected Area System – PARCS project seeks to conserve globally significant marine and terrestrial biological diversity in Croatia, through effective management of the protected area (PA) system.

  • In simple words, the BETTER project is about "how to secure energy supply and how to best use renewable energy sources which are available not only in the EU-countries but in wider neighbourhood of Europe. And how much it would cost, which solution is cheaper and brings more benefits to all countries while securing energy available at all times.

  • The project's goal is to implement systematic energy management in Croatia's public sector and to inform and educate the public as well as the residential sector on the efficient use of energy.

  • Low-Emission Development Strategy (LEDS) is a national, high-level, comprehensive, long-term strategy, developed by domestic stakeholders, which aims at decoupling economic growth and social development from greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions growth. In other words, LEDS supports sectors transformation through a national, economy-wide approach.

  • The project aims to develop steps of action needed to upgrade the current knowledge and skills of workers in building and construction sector, to be able to adapt to new standards and requirements aligned with energy efficiency targets.

  • The Mediterranean area is a recognized climate change hot spot, i.e. a region particularly sensitive and vulnerable to global warming. It is due to scientific climate models which are predicting with more than 90% certainty that average temperatures in Mediterranean will raise 4 degrees Celsius, while the severe water stress will be at 30% (from 19% at present). We will be faced with heat waves and droughts much more often and with more severe consequences then now. To be able to cope with severances of changes i.e. to adopt, we need to know more and to understand about the climate change and how it will impact sectors important for our lives.

  • This project is part of the second generation of Biodiversity Enabling Activities (BD EA) under the GEF. It builds on the current status and achievements of Croatia with respect to biodiversity planning and reporting.

  • The Project was developed with support of UNDP, the Ministry of Environmental and Nature Protection and other competent ministries, four Dalmatian counties, and local organizations, companies and individuals. The aim of the project was to promote and support sustainable development, protecting nature and preserving the natural and cultural heritage of rural Dalmatia.

  • The main goal of RES-coop-Croatia project is to promote renewable energy sources through cooperatives, owned by local community.

  • “Solar Sunflowers” is a project for education of primary school students on renewable energy sources. As part of this project, ten primary schools in Croatia have been equipped with solar panels that rotate towards the Sun during the day so that the modules are directed at the Sun at the optimal angle, which increases the efficiency of the system for 30 per cent, which means larger quantities of obtained electric energy.

  • Families in the remote village of Ajderovac in Croatia's mountainous Lika region relied on diesel-powered generators for electricity and used candles for lighting. The area has great natural potential for raising livestock, but lack of electricity, particularly to refrigerate milk and cheese, has badly hampered its economic prospects. That was before UNDP installed a five kilowatt solar energy station at a family farm, with the possibility of extending the energy supply to the whole community of seven families - cut off from the energy grid during war in the 1990s.

  • The Dinaric Alps encompass the southern stretch of Alps from Slovenia through Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo to Northern Albania. It is one of the least known and explored mountain ranges in Europe. A newly emerging Via Dinarica initiative is inspired by the Via Alpina Trail that interlinked the countries and communities along the Alps with a developed system of various trails and nature based tourism products.

  • CITIZENERGY is a project that builds on know-how developed within the EU by different organizations and initiatives to implement citizen renewable energy projects – from cooperatives to investment intermediation – and provides them with a European dimension.

  • The overall objective of the project is to bring electricity to households in the remote and rural areas which currently don’t have access to it, by developing a systematic approach to the problem.

  • The most recognized way to save energy bills for households in energy poverty is the application of tips and energy efficiency measures, carried out by young and long-term unemployed persons qualified as energy efficiency advisors.

  • The project aims at accelerating and adding certainty to planning processes of renewable energy by decreasing local community opposition to such projects, the overhead lines connecting them and other necessary grid infrastructure upgrades.

  • The project POst-CArbon CIties of Tomorrow facilitates the transition of EU cities to a forecasted sustainable or “post-carbon” economic model. The project focuses on towns, cities, megacities, metropolitan areas and urban clusters larger than 1 million people as well as small and medium-sized cities.

  • The overall objective of GPP 2020 is to significantly increase the implementation of GPP within the target countries both in the short and long term, through a series of capacity building and major tendering actions.

  • The purpose of the project is to develop basic skills and provide hands-on support for public purchasing organisations to overcome barriers and implement Green Public Purchasing (GPP). Many lack capacity and knowledge; particularly small and medium sized municipalities.

  • In Croatia there are still inhabited households in rural areas that have no access to electricity. The main objective of this project is to ensure that in the Republic of Croatia every household permanently remote from the power networks has access to electricity from locally produced renewable energy source. A secondary goal is to create the conditions for life and economic development in rural areas that are remote from the electricity network.

  • Project idea is to improve energy efficiency in energy poor households through the application of tips and energy efficiency measures, carried out by young and long-term unemployed persons qualified as energy efficiency advisors.