Strengthening the Role of Civil Society in Poverty Related Policies and Practice

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Evaluation Plan:
2005-2010, Serbia
Evaluation Type:
Project
Planned End Date:
11/2010
Completion Date:
10/2010
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
21,000
Introduced 7 years ago, with the idea to fast track social welfare reform in Serbia, Social Innovation Fund (SIF) absorbed slightly more than EUR 7 million for local projects in foreign and domestic financing. SIF was established as project within the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, but from the onset many donors have been actively involved in various forms of assistance to SIF. Despite its popularity among donors? community and domestic policy makers, as well as its wide scope of encompassed social services, results of SIF activities have remained largely unmeasured. This evaluation is an attempt to conduct systematic assessment of results of the activities undertaken by SIF.

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Title Strengthening the Role of Civil Society in Poverty Related Policies and Practice
Atlas Project Number:
Evaluation Plan: 2005-2010, Serbia
Evaluation Type: Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 10/2010
Planned End Date: 11/2010
Management Response: Yes
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
Evaluation Budget(US $): 21,000
Source of Funding: EU
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
Pavle Golicin, Galjina Ognjanov Team Leader
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: SERBIA
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 Whatever SIF?s new mandate entails, partnership development has been one of the trademarks of the Social Innovation Fund. As such it should be included into new project design. It is worth noting that reforms of the social welfare from the very beginning envisaged active participation of the third sector and promoted plurality of service providers. The partnership approach to development of new and improvement of the existing social protection services was used as a vehicle towards achieving the overall objective of the social welfare sector reform, starting from rights-based approach and empowered beneficiaries enabled to choose types of services as well as service providers.
1. Recommendation: Whatever SIF?s new mandate entails, partnership development has been one of the trademarks of the Social Innovation Fund. As such it should be included into new project design. It is worth noting that reforms of the social welfare from the very beginning envisaged active participation of the third sector and promoted plurality of service providers. The partnership approach to development of new and improvement of the existing social protection services was used as a vehicle towards achieving the overall objective of the social welfare sector reform, starting from rights-based approach and empowered beneficiaries enabled to choose types of services as well as service providers.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/02/02]

Advocate with the Government positive changes promoted by the SIF, one of which was the financing of CSO projects by the state. SIF can continue playing a role of a bridging agent by including also private sectors in partnership. Furthermore, SIF notable reputation beyond Serbian borders can help in bringing know-how and new partners from the EU member states.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Advocate includision of private sectors in partnership
[Added: 2011/02/02]
Jelena Tadzic 2010/12 Completed

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