The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has begun directly funding Serbian organizations to strengthen their capacity and use USAID assets more efficiently. Rather than hire international companies to run local programs, as has been USAID's practice, USAID/Serbia has recently given direct grants to a number of Serbian organizations. Direct assistance recognizes the increased capabilities of these organizations and places full responsibility for managing their programs in their hands. USAID expects to make additional grants in the future.
USAID’s Business Enabling Project is a five-year initiative launched in January 2011. The project helps the Government of Serbia (GOS) increase the competitiveness of the Serbian economy and its private sector by streamlining the business enabling environment, improving public financial management, and strengthening financial markets. Project activities are based on priorities identified by the private sector and the GOS.
USAID’s Civil Society Forward (CSF) Project is a two-year project supporting local civic activism and policy advocacy initiatives that advance Serbia‘s Euro-Atlantic integration efforts, particularly outside Belgrade and major cities. CSF is working to improve prospects for local Serbian philanthropy to expand potential sources of civil society support. In addition, CSF is strengthening civil society capacity, networks, linkages and innovation to better address community and social challenges through collective action.
Bujanovac, July 2013 – Civic Initiatives and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today launched a 15-month project to improve the status of youth and reduce their marginalization in South Serbia and Sandzak. The ‘’Empowered Youth for Positive Changes in South Serbia and Sandzak’’ will build the capacity of young people, youth groups and civil society organizations and increase the employability and activism of youths in the target regions.
Belgrade, June 2013 – The USAID Business Enabling Project (BEP) today released a guide to streamline Serbia's construction permitting process by eliminating unnecessary government agency clearances, establishing one-stop shops, adopting a computerized platform, and introducing risk-based construction permitting.
Minister of Construction and Urbanism Velimir Ilić and U.S. Ambassador Michael D. Kirby both voiced their support for construction permit reforms.
Last updated: July 16, 2014