Social Inclusion

Social inclusion is a process that allows those who are at risk of poverty and social exclusion to gain the opportunities and resources needed for full participation in economic, social and cultural life, and to achieve the prosperity and living standards that are considered acceptable in the society where they are living. Social inclusion ensures greater citizen participation in making decisions that affect their lives and the realization of basic rights.

In October 2011 CEDEM was elected as a national partner organization of the Open Society Institute (OSI) in Budapest for the implementation of the "PGF Montenegro", which aims to strengthen the capacity of Roma NGOs and members of the RAE community to write proposals and project cycle management, with special emphasis on projects funded by the European Union. In addition, the CEDEM Social Inclusion Department is involved in the preparation of the project and inclusion of RAE population at the local level, which will be implemented in three municipalities in Montenegro. The aim of the project is to improve the economic status and living conditions for the target population, through active recruitment and improvement of infrastructure in Roma settlements.


social-entrepreneur-word-cloud-1"Social entrepreneurship is one of the possible ways out of the crisis in the region, and therefore it is very important that the governments in the region provide incentive conditions for the development of social entrepreneurship, to encourage greater cooperation with the business sector and a number of measures to improve the competitiveness of social enterprises."

REzastita"Despite the efforts undertaken by the state, social status of Roma and Egyptians in Montenegro is still at the unsatisfactory level. According to opinions of the members of this community, the assistance the state provides is inadequate in relation to the scope of problems they face" – it was stated at the round table organized by CEDEM on the presentation of studies on social welfare and employment of RE population.

OSF logoAssembly of the Municipality of Herceg Novi adopted today the Local housing study for the Roma and Egyptian population, which is one of key products of the project "Improving the integration of Roma and Egyptian communities at the local level" , which was jointly implemented by CEDEM, NGO Young Roma and the Municipality of Herceg Novi, and financial supported by the Open Society Foundation from Budapest.

BRPI TiranaCEDEM's representative, Elvis Beriša, took part at two-day regional roundtable event that was organized in Tirana on 26 – 27 February by OSCE/ODIHR within Best Practices for Roma Integration (BPRI) project. The OSCE used this event to present examples of good practices in improving the housing situation for Roma in the Western Balkans.

pgf-logo engPGF partners began preparing PGF newsletter which aims to provide interested parties with all necessary information on the implementation of PGF project, but also on other events and issues related to the inclusion of Roma and Egyptian community in Montenegro. In this PGF newsletter, among other things, you can read about training for project proposal writing and project team meetings with representatives of the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights and the EU Delegation to Montenegro.

Download file here.

CARERepresentatives of CEDEM, Ms. Marija Vuksanović and Mr. Elvis Berisa attended the two-day regional conference dedicated to Roma education. The conference was organized by the Ministry for Human and Minority Rights of the Government of Montenegro and CARE International. 

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