Projects

Keep Them at Home

Social services for children with disabilities and their families in Serbia Year: 2009 – 2012; Donor: World Vision Austria and Austrian Development Agency (ADA)

Child Protection Regional Network

Networking with 6 national CSO’s child protection coalitions from the Western Balkans and South Caucasus countries. Year: 2011 – 2015; Donor: AusAID, WV

Networking for Community Child-Oriented Model

Establishing community networks for the wellbeing of children. Year: 2014 – 2015; Donor: EU via Civil Society Facility Programme

RECI Project

Fostering opportunities for greater attainment in education and early school leaving reduction of Roma children. Year: 2015 – 2017; Donor: EU, WV Austria

United Voices for Childern

Strengthening 7 national networks under ChildPact to monitor and influence government action to improve child protection policies. Year: 2015 – 2018; Donor: BMZ, WVD

START Project

Supporting early childhood education and care in six countries of the Wider Black Sea region. Year: 2019 – 2020; Donor: World Vision Germany

All projects – summary

 

Through WV Austria’s project Keep Them at Home (Donors: ADA and WV), AFS supported Respite Care (later Respite at Home) and Mobile Teams services in Serbia from 2009 until the first half of 2012. The services were provided in towns of Kraljevo and Kragujevac and were dedicated to children with disabilities and their families. The services were implemented by the Amity Association in cooperation with the local actors and were a significant contribution to, at the time, ongoing reform of the system of social reform, which, as one of its basic priorities, had the development of services in the community for various groups of users. It also served as one of the starting points for AFS’s further work as part of the WV MEER project Child Protection Regional Network (CPRN) whereby National WV offices of the MEER region led the project activities implementation for local networks of organisations for children.

 

Project Child Protection Regional Network (CPRN) (Donors: AUSAID, WV) was piloted by child protection CSOs coming from Serbia, Albania, Azerbaijan, Romania, Georgia and Armenia who performed a set of research and advocacy activities with an aim to increase quality and quantity of the community based child protection and welfare systems and services in the targeted countries.  The project impact is seen in the formation of a regional ChildPact network in the Wider Black See Area, registered in Bucharest and composed of 10 member national child protection coalitions from the Western Balkans and South Caucasus countries (Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Georgia, Kosovo*, Moldova, Romania and Serbia). The AFS was the leading implementing partner in Serbia. The engagement within the CPRN project, further empowered development of the AFS and especially its standing out as an organisation with the holistic approach to the development of childcare in the community, which at the same time acts locally, regionally, and at the European level, dealing with mediation processes within communities, advocacy, research and initiating and/or providing local services. Between 2011 and 2014 AFS staff, along with its colleagues from MEER national WV offices, contributed to creating the Child Protection Index and to initiating the ChildPact, a regional network of child protection organisations. At the same time AFS, in the scope of CPRN project, worked to raise its visibility towards civil society and institutions in Serbia, especially through its support to the Network of Organizations for Children of Serbia – MODS, Vojvodina’s Provincial Institute for Social Welfare, and through its support to researching and advocacy in various areas of childcare.

 

Between 2014 and 2015, in partnership with WV Austria and organisation Open Club from Serbia, representing the MODS’s secretariat, AFS conducted the Networking for Community Child-Oriented Model project (Donor: EU via Civil Society Facility Programme) within which it developed a specific approach to working in a community, that required networking among the institutions, organisations and individuals for the wellbeing of children. Networking provided support to capacity building, networking, exchange of knowledge and perspectives of CSOs and public institutions at local, regional and national levels. It also increased capacity of Serbian community based CSOs for effective participation in policy formulation, practice and decision making processes concerning social inclusion of vulnerable children and developed sustainable framework for creating adequate community services through civic participation. A child-oriented model of collaboration and networking of primarily local stakeholders for the improvement of the position of vulnerable children was introduced. CSOs working with/for vulnerable children were strengthened to develop and implement a child-oriented model of community networking in collaboration with public institutions. Relying on assets developed within CS in community service delivery, CSOs provided guidance and support to other stakeholders in assessing the needs of vulnerable children, developing collaborative models of community services and advocating for necessary improvements.

 

Pre and elementary schooling of Roma: fostering opportunities for greater attainment and early school leaving reduction (RECI) project was created with the idea to contribute to increase Roma children attainment in pre-school education as well as to decrease Roma students’ early school leaving in elementary schools. It is funded by the European Union and implemented by the World Vision Austria led consortium of partners including Agroinvest Foundation Serbia, Western Balkans Institute, Preschool Teacher Training College “Mihailo Palov” Vršac, Cultural Information Center “Pralipe” Pirot with the support of the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs as the main beneficiary of the project. This action is part of the project European Union Support to Inclusive Society.

 

United Voices for Children (UVC) funded by German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and World Vision Germany (WVD) project was designed to equip and strengthen the national child protection networks, members of ChildPact from 7 countries (AlbaniaArmeniaBosnia and HerzegovinaGeorgiaKosovo*Moldova, and Serbia) in: 1) sustainable resources, 2) increased skill capacities and 3) an evidence-based approach to policy debates to influence government action and policy relating to vulnerable children. Common problems and regional stakeholders and similar reforms create a strategic reason to build a credible, unified regional voice for child protection reform. Strengthened and united national coalitions within regional ChildPact network, used the expertise and joint power to monitor and influence government action on behalf of vulnerable children. 

UVC project’s partners:

Serbia: Serbian Parent Association on behalf of Network of Organizations for Children in Serbia (MODS)

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Association “Our Children” on behalf of Stronger Voices for Children (SVC)

Kosovo*: Coalition of NGOs for Child Protection in Kosovo (KOMF)

Moldova: Alliance of Active NGO’s in the Field of Social Protection of Family and Child (APSCF)

Armenia: Child Protection Network

Georgia: Georgian Association of Social Workers (GASW) on behalf of Coalition for Children and Youth (CCY)

Albania: All together for Holistic Care for Children (BKTF)

The UVC project fostered work of national networks of organisations for children in the region’s seven countries in supporting the initiatives set up during the CPRN project. This opened the possibility for AFS to develop its expertise in managing complex regional projects and directly build on the multifaceted work that began during the CPRN project.

 

START is an ongoing project, started in January 2019 in partnership with 6 CSOs (from AlbaniaArmeniaBosnia and HerzegovinaGeorgia, Kosovo* and Serbia) with an aim to support quality early childhood development in the Wider Black Sea region. Planned activities should increase evidence-based, bottom up (CSOs-led) approach and access to knowledge repository and practice among key stakeholders (teachers/practitioners, parents, learners) and raise awareness on the regional and national levels on the importance, equity, equality and accessibility of early childhood education and care (ECEC) in 6 countries. One of the significant expected outcomes of the project are partnerships which are key to successful sustainability. Project supports such activities and thus provides opportunities of creating regional-wide ECEC (thematic) network that will have its own voice when project ends. Also, national partnerships in the field are seen as standing bodies in the long run. One of the added value, project intends to achieve is parents – teachers partnership established locally with tendency to grow through regional best practice sharing and horizontal learning process.

START Project’s partners:

Serbia: Network of Organizations for Children in Serbia (MODS)

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Association “Our Children” on behalf of Stronger Voices for Children (SVC)

Kosovo*: Coalition of NGOs for Child Protection in Kosovo (KOMF)

Armenia: Child Protection Network

Georgia: Coalition for Children and Youth (CCY)

Albania: The National Education Association for Life (SHKEJ)