15 February 2018
Working with the Employment Agency of Montenegro (EAM) and Social Work Centres (SWC), we have played an instrumental role in helping to determine services and solutions to combat hardships affecting disadvantaged groups in Montenegro.
As 2017 came to a close, we officially completed a 21-month project seeking to strengthen the EAM and SWC’s capacities to integrate disadvantaged groups into Montenegro’s labour market. The €416,000 project comprised part of a wider endeavour by the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare of Montenegro to modernise their services.
Our Zagreb-based compliance expert and training coordinator, Tatjana Tihomirović, played a pivotal role in leading the project together with our seasoned employment and social inclusion consultant in Slovenia, Vanja Hazl.
Prior to project implementation, we released a report analysing the social inclusion sector and business solutions for social activation, lending our team direction for further action.
To share our experience with stakeholders at central and local levels, we created capacity-building and training activities for EAM local branch offices, SWC, and non-governmental organisations. These sessions focussed on topics such as the role of EU policy and European financial resources in promoting integration for disadvantaged groups. At the same time, they fostered the practical, personal, and communication skills needed to reach out to those groups and make a difference.
To further facilitate the sharing of knowledge and experience, our team held a study visit in Croatia and Slovenia at the end of May, 2017, providing participants with information on systems, good practices, and challenges in the implementation of social activation policies.
The team also organised regional trainings to support potential grant applicants and grant beneficiaries who work with disadvantaged groups through the IPA Programme in Montenegro. These trainings cover topics like institutional frameworks for IPA II funds, examples of funded projects from different EU funds, project cycle management, log frame approach, project implementation, etc.
Robert Babić, project director, said, “Although the project had its challenges over the course of implementation, we are fully satisfied with the results we’ve achieved. This project was WYG’s first cooperative endeavour with MLSW, and we hope to collaborate with them again on future projects.”