Public works programme

What is a public works programme?

Public works programme represents a measure of active employment of socially vulnerable categories of population. Public works programme was implemented for the first time in Serbia in 2005, through a project by the EAR, carried out by geronto-housewives.

DONORS: European Agency for Reconstruction - EAR ( October 2005 – October 2006 ), Ministry of Labour and Social Policy ( December 2006 – June 2007 ).

Our work is aimed at:
- Improving living conditions of the elderly and the disabled; - Providing the access to services designed specifically for the needs of the elderly and the disabled; - Enhancing employment of the marginalized groups through public works programme ( the disabled, single mothers, chronically unemployed, etc. ) - Economic empowerment of socially vulnerable categories; - Combating both material and spiritual poverty; Each person participating in public works programme provides services to 2 beneficiaries a day, 5 days a week, resulting in 10 beneficiaries per an employee in the programme.

Activities implemented through public works programme:

- Providing services of personal and household hygiene;

- Acquisition ( of food, medications, etc.)

- Utility bill payment;

- Accompaniment services, assistance at medical examinations, when needed

- Psychosocial support.

Target groups: socially isolated elderly people; the disabled; the chronically unemployed ( women 50+ years old, single parents, persons who were made redundant, persons with a disability, etc. ); refugees; IDPs and socially vulnerable population.

Currently, 32 persons are employed through public works programme, providing services of help and support to the elderly living in Central Serbia. 268 beneficiaries are using the services of the programme, receiving 12 000 per month ( household and personal hygiene, acquisition, assistance, etc. ).


The project results:

The duration of the public works programme in the municipalities of Kragujevac and Raca :14 months
Number of employed: 27
Number of beneficiaries participating in the programme, older than 60:262
Total number of services per month: 17 000
36% of the people working on the programme were employed for the first time.
80% of the people working on the programme are the only family members with an employment.