A sample of results

Some of our programmes and projects in Serbia, and results of this cooperation:

  • Public procurement was previously an area of widespread corruption in Serbia. New audit institutions and a Sida-financed UN investment in education has reduced the opportunities for people to line their own pockets.
  • Sida is supporting a project for small start-up businesses to encourage socio-economic empowerment among vulnerable groups and minorities.
  • In May 2014, Serbia was hit by the worst torrential rain in hundreds of years, and in the capital of Belgrade, two months of rain fell in the space of 40 hours. The consequence was floods which killed 65 people, forced thousands of people to flee and washed away roads, bridges and houses. The European Central Bank estimated that the country lost around 10 % of its GDP.
  • If people don’t get to know about decisions that have been taken, or if they are unable to hold the responsible accountable, one cannot talk about a fully democratic society. In Serbia, the Olof Palme International Center works to strengthen civil society in demanding greater transparency in the country's governance, and thus become an important actor to be listened to.
  • Almost all the waste from Serbian households ends up in open, leaking dumpsites. If the desired EU membership is to become reality, huge investment in environmental protection will be needed. The main problem, at this stage, is not a lack of funding; it is having the skills and experience to spend the funds effectively.
  • A more efficient and well-organized police force increases the chances of solving crimes and creating a legally secure state. For Serbia, a reform of the police force is also necessary to meet the requirements for EU membership. For many years, Swedish police has collaborated with their Serbian colleagues to help them establish an intelligence-led policing with modern forensics.
  • Many millions of people are dependent on the Danube – Europe’s second-longest river – in one way or another. But the river is becoming increasingly polluted. In Serbia, Sida is supporting a project educating farmers and abattoir workers about the environment. They are also receiving support for investments to reduce discharges into the Danube and into the groundwater.