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Project ID:00084440Description:UN WOMEN TF: Serbia EVAW
UN Trust Fund to End VAW
Start Date *: 7 Jan 2013
UN Trust Fund to End VAW
End Date*: 30 Nov 2018
Country: Serbia Project Status: Financially Closed
  Participating Organization:   Multiple



The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)  have established a Joint Programme (JP) entitled “Integrated Response to Violence Against Women” with the overall objective to create social and institutional environment that will contribute to reducing Violence against Women (VaW) in Serbia.

Notwithstanding the existing policy and legal framework focusing on the elimination of Violence against Women, the incidence of gender based violence in Serbia is still at high levels. The gaps in policy implementation are very significant, indicating the need for further capacity building of institutions,  underpinned by basic education on women’s human rights.  Cooperation between the state and non-state actors, both in policy making and in service provision in response to VaW needs to be improved with the ultimate aim to reduce VaW and to increase access of violence survivors to the appropriate services.  While the protection measures are the most important in addressing the needs of survivors of violence, the practice has shown that without appropriate preventive mechanisms it is unlikely to expect the actual decrease of prevalence of VaW.

The Joint Programme will assist in implementing standards of the Istanbul Convention and reducing the incidence of VaW. The Joint Programme intervenes in two broad areas of activities: prevention and protection.

It is expected that the Joint Programme will result in a sustainable, integrated response to VaW in Serbia. The existence of firm government commitment to VaW, good capacities of key stakeholders to implement measures to address VaW, strong partnerships between the UN and responsible governmental authorities, as well as civil society, and a proven track record of joint programmes and programming within UNCT Serbia constitute solid preconditions for the successful implementation of the Joint Programme.  

Primary beneficiaries of the Joint Programme include: women and girls in general, women and girls survivors of violence, adolescents boys and girls, and young women from all economic and social backgrounds.

Secondary beneficiaries include CSOs, educational professionals, general public and community at large, government officials, health professionals, legal officers, men and boys, social and welfare workers as well as uninformed personnel.

The Joint Programme is using a pass-through funding modality and is administered by the Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in accordance with its financial regulations and rules.


Assistance Strategy

Within the prevention pillar the Joint Programme aims to expand and improve quality of existing mechanisms to prevent and end VaW (Outcome 1). The focus will be on raising awareness of violence and offering knowledge and skills for non-violence behaviours, rejecting and reporting violence among three target groups, respectively: 1. children and youth, 2. perpetrators and 3. women at risk of violence and the general public. Expected outputs:

1.1.  New school GBV programmes developed and implemented in schools

1.2.  Work with perpetrators (WWP) programme introduced as a standardized social protection service within MoLSP

1.3.  General public better informed about GBV, available protection mechanisms and engaged in actively preventing VaW

Within the protection pillar, the Joint Programme aims to expand accessibility, provision and range of services in response to VaW (Outcome 2). Expected outputs:

2.1. Quality of general support services and multi-institutional coordination improved at local level

2.2. System for specialized response to committed violence established and consolidated

2.3. New Strategy for preventing and Eliminating VaW developed in Autonomous Province of Vojvodina



A Project Management Committee (PMC) will be established to oversee and coordinate Programme implementation. It will act as the principal coordinating and supervisory body for implementation and provide policy guidance and recommendation regarding Programme strategy and objectives. It will periodically review and oversee Programme achievements and financial disbursements. It will meet on quarterly basis and will be composed of representatives of participating UN agencies, participating Government and Provincial bodies.

The lead agency for this Joint Programme, UNDP, chairs the PMC, as delegated by the UN Resident Coordinator. Representatives of other line ministries, local authorities, social partners and non-government organizations promoting the interests of target groups may also participate in the PMC meetings on an ad hoc basis.

Implementing Partners

The Joint Programme in Serbia is implemented jointly by the  United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), (collectively referred as the “Participating UN Organizations”). The programmatic and financial accountability rests with the Participating UN Organizations.

Administrative Agent

The UNDP Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) serves as the Administrative Agent (AA). The AA is responsible for, receiving, administering and managing contributions from donors; disburse funds to Implementing Partners, based on PMC approved work plans, consolidating annual and final financial reports; transmit annual/final Consolidated Reports to donors through the PMC.


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If you have questions about this programme you may wish to contact the RC office in Serbia or the lead agency for the programme.

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