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The forum dealt with the De-institutionalisation process in Serbia, looking in particular at legal frameworks, funding for community-based services, and challenges for the future. Service Providers Forum has been organized with the aim to bring together all stakeholders in the development, provision and improvement of social services for persons with disabilities in Serbia, to open dialogue between all stakeholders on the most current topics in the field of service provision. Since deinstitutionalisation is one of the most common issues in the field of service provision these days in Serbia, we have decided to devote the Providers Forum to it with intention to discuss all success and challenges of the deinstitutionalisation process so far.

  • You can find details on the forum's discussions on the final report.


The Forum, organised by COD and EASPD in Serbia from 13 to 14 December 2013 in Belgrade, gathered more than 80 representatives of service providers from more than 20 towns/cities and municipalities in Serbia, as well as policy-makers, officials from the central and local levels, NGOs, media and EASPD representatives.

In order to accelerate the reform process in the area of social protection and inclusion of persons with disabilities, participants agreed on various actions for future. You can find some below; please visit our home page for more info!

  • Improve communication amongst users of social services and service providers for persons with disabilities, their families and representative organisations, authorities from all levels, scientific research organisations of social policy, through the organisation of meetings with the participation of EASPD;
  • Improve the process of licensing providers of social services by strengthening cooperation and encouraging mutual responsibility of all actors involved in the licensing process at all levels;
  • Improve multi-sectorial cooperation at the local level to encourage all stakeholders in the field of providing services for persons with disabilities to cooperate and jointly develop social services. An important step in this direction would be increasing the transparency of decisions of local self-governments on the establishment and funding of social services at the local level;
  • Enhance training on monitoring the quality of services for persons with disabilities for users and families, as well as for service providers, civil servants and inspectors in the field of social protection, representatives of the media and independent bodies;
  • Find ways of encouraging innovative services through project financing, regular monitoring and evaluation based on empirical indicators by the competent authorities until the time of their introduction into the system and support development of innovative services following the standards developed by the EU.

For more information, please visit the website of our EASPD member COD in Serbia.

You can find details on the forum's discussions on the final report.