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Advocacy to Support Social Inclusion
With the aim to instigate citizens associations to start initiatives focused on fund raising from the budgets of local self-managements for financing provision of social services for children with disabilities and their families, Trag Foundation has conducted the program Public Advocacy to Support Social Inclusion in 2012.
The program of public advocacy is conducted as integral part of the project "Development of local services for children with disabilities and their families" which is implemented in trilateral partnership between EU delegation, Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veteran and Social Policy and UNICEF (IPA 2008 - Social inclusion). Within this program, Trag Foundation as implementation partner had the role and task to provide support to building capacity of civil sector for advocacy in the process of development of sustainable local services for children and their families.
Trag Foundation has enabled capacity building for 24 representatives from 12 organizations with the aim to advance their knowledge in the field of the reform of social care and social services, as well as public advocacy skills and monitoring of local social care policies. After training process that consisted of three three-day modules for representatives of organizations selected through the process of public call, Grants Committee has chosen initiatives of ten association that have received financial assistance in the total amount of $70.181. Public campaigns have been conducted in ten municipalities participating in the program: Bor, Pirot, Knjaževac, Irig, Prokuplje, Babušnica, Požega, Čajetina, Trstenik and Zemun.
After successfully conducted campaigns, representatives of local authorities from sic municipalities ( Bor, Pirot, Knjaževac, Irig, Prokuplje and Babušnica) have adopted propositions to allocate funds from local budgets for financing services for children with disabilities and their families.