Serbia: Civil Society & Inclusive Governance
We support civil society to play a key role in social, economic, and democratic development in our target countries. We provide opportunities for civil society actors to develop the technical skills and mechanisms to become more effective governance and development actors.
We support civil society to engage with government actors to advance participatory democratic processes and develop inclusive public services. Specifically, our work targets a range of civil society actors, including youth and those representing marginalised communities, to ensure that government policies and services represent their needs. In parallel, we promote active citizenship, empowering individuals to exercise their rights, engage in democratic processes, and hold government officials accountable.
Our main areas of focus:
Empowerment of Civil Society Actors: Locally-driven, adaptive approaches to support the organisational and technical development of civil society, including civil society organisations, informal civic groups and grassroots activists. In our civil society development programming, we coordinate and—wherever possible—share expertise with our Center for Human Rights and Democracy.
Inclusive Governance of Public Services: Participatory development and monitoring public services, including Social Services, Education, Water, Sanitation and Public Health.
Amplifying Local Voices for Equitable Development
Amplifying Local Voices for Equitable Development - ALVED
Support for human rights education
In Serbia and Kosovo, PIN promotes new approaches to raising human rights awareness among teachers and students using documentary films as an educational tool. PIN receives support from the National Endowment Fund for Democracy and together with local partners, works to educate university students intending to become teachers on how to incorporate documentary films and post-screening discussions into education in order to tackle controversial topics and promote human rights awareness.
PIN and its local partner Fund B92 in Serbia work with professors from the University of Belgrade’s Philosophy Department to develop practical guidance for other professors and teachers who are interested in adopting this approach or teaching the approach to others. In 2018, we aim to expand the pilot course to at least three other departments in universities across Serbia.This approach to human rights awareness stems from PIN’s “One World in Schools” programme (www.oneworldinschools.cz), which uses documentary films and other audio-visual materials to educate students from elementary schools to universities on human rights and democracy. Built on the success and experience of the One World Film Festival, currently the largest human rights film festival in Europe, PIN has developed educational modules with documentary films and accompanying materials to help teachers educate their students about tolerance and respect for the rights of others, which are essential values and principles for a democratic society. In the Czech Republic, this educational programme has been implemented for more than a decade. The materials are currently used by teachers in over 3,000 primary and secondary schools throughout the country. In 2009, this groundbreaking methodology was piloted in Lebanon. That year, One World in Schools received the World Aware Education Award from the Council of Europe, in recognition for excellence in networking, partnership, and coordination for increased and improved global education. Since 2010, One World in Schools has implemented similar projects in Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Georgia, Armenia, and Mongolia.