Belgrade - On December 22, 2015, Ambassador, Michael D. Kirby; the Speaker of the Parliament, Maja Gojković; the Minister of Labor, Employment, Veteran, Disability and Social Issues, Aleksandar Vulin; and the Director of the Center for Independent Living, Gordana Rajkov; launched the Strengthening the Political Participation of Persons with Disabilities in Serbia project. The 18-month project will be implemented in cooperation with the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia.
On December 18, 2015, Ambassador Michael D. Kirby, the Mayor of Novi Pazar Meho Mahmutović, and Assistant Minister for SME at the Ministry of Economy Katarina Obradović-Jovanović, formally opened the ozone jeans finishing facility in Novi Pazar.
In June 2015, USAID Serbia supported six Novi Pazar denim producers that employ more than 400 workers and export to international markets, to establish an association called PRO-DENIM, and jointly use the ozone-based technology for jeans finishing.
On December 17, Ambassador Michael D. Kirby visited the Hera company, a family owned business producing frozen baked goods, and met with its owners Vesna and Zoran Jevtović. Thanks to its collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Embassy, the company has been able to acquire required certification, expand its markets and increase exports. In September 2015, Hera began exporting its products to the U.S. market.
USAID’s Business Enabling Project (BEP) today released the results of its fifth annual Serbian Business Survey. The survey, which reflects 1,000 Serbian businesses’ opinions on the state of Serbia’s business environment, showed that recent reforms are making it easier for them to operate.
NOVI SAD - The first in a series of Women Leadership Academies (WLA) was organized by the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence (BFPE) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Novi Sad from September 16 – 19, 2015. Thirty five women politicians from seventeen political parties discussed gender representation and how to advocate for gender equality in policy processes.
VRŠAC – On June 12, 2015, the Mayor of Vršac Čedomir Živković, the U.S. Ambassador Michael D. Kirby, and the President of the NALED Managing Board Vladan Atanasijević attended a ceremony to mark the completion of the first phase in the redevelopment of the former “Army Club" Brownfield Site in Vršac.
Belgrade – On Tuesday, June 9, during a reception at the Ambassador's residence, Ambassador Michael D. Kirby and United States Agency for International Development Mission Director Azza El-Abd recognized nine new partner organizations, from the civil society and private sector, that have been awarded direct grants by USAID.
Belgrade - At a press conference on June 3, 2015, USAID’s Judicial Reform and Government Accountability Project and the Ministry of Justice launched an educational outreach campaign for the new Law on the Protection of Whistleblowers. It serves to educate the public on important concepts under the new Law that incorporates added protection mechanisms to shield whistleblowers from retaliation.
On Friday, April 24, approximately 50 people from civil society organizations throughout Serbia attended USAID's post-solicitation conference for its newly announced Annual Program Statement, Serbian Civil Society Partners. Through this second APS - which is essentially a standing, year-long call for proposals - USAID Serbia is soliciting applications from local NGOs to support democratic and economic development. USAID expects most grants to be in the range of $200-300,000 and be operational for a period of approximately two years.
Last updated: January 28, 2016