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.