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USAID and the Development Agency of Serbia positions SMEs for success in the Serbian south

Residents of Leskovac, a city located in southern Serbia, have been involved in trade and textile production for at least two centuries. Most people once earned their income by growing and processing hemp, used for well-known, good-quality ropes. Later, during socialist times, a textile industry developed with huge, state-owned factories.

Healing Serbia's Health Care System

Whether waiting in a frantic emergency room after an accident, or at a routine medical check-up, patients everywhere look for relief, understanding and timely assistance from their doctors. Serbia is no different. However, its health care system suffers from underfunding, poor management and a high public perception of corruption.

Blowing the Whistle on Corruption

Serbia’s new Law on the Protection of Whistleblowers went into effect in June 2015. One year later, Marija Beretka won a whistleblowing case against her employer, marking the first court ruling in a full lawsuit under the new law.

Stronger Support for Victims of Domestic Violence

Statistics are grim for the victims of domestic violence in Serbia. In 2015, 36 women died in cases of domestic violence. Since the beginning of 2016, 16 women have been killed and 3,530  have contacted the helpline of the Counseling Against Family Violence, a civil society organization that provides support for victims.In 2013, 76 people died in cases of domestic violence—45 of those were women and five were children. Since the beginning of 2014, 11 women have been killed and as many as 1,883 have contacted the helpline of the Counseling Against Family Violence, a civil society organization that provides support for victims.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow- Helping LGBTI Citizens Become Economically Independent

The Serbian Government has made strides in supporting LGBTI rights, most visibly by permitting the Belgrade Pride Parade to take place in 2014 and 2015. The recent parades were largely peaceful, in stark contrast to several previous years when threats of violence caused the event’s cancellation. Though the recent parades were successful for the most part, a number of issues still exist.

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Last updated: April 18, 2018

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