What we do
Practices that work for all the people in Serbia is a project aiming to improve the capacity of all stakeholders to assure the sustainability, effectiveness and fairness of local waste management and recycling practices and national waste policies and legislation in Serbia.
WASTE leads a team of four Serbian and three other Dutch organisations in a radical project to plan with and for municipalities on recycling that meets EU goals, and that at the same time involves Roma informal recyclers at all levels of municipal service. In addition, WASTE has overall administrative and financial responsibility for the 30-month programme. This project was formulated as a result of the conclusions in the report to the IFC in 2007 on technical assistance to Roma. The project operates at both local level in eight municipalities in two solid waste regions in South Serbia, and at national level (working on the policies and the professionalisation of the recycling sector in the context of EU accession of Serbia and the Western Balkans).
How we do it
Local level activities include recycling plans and several series of seminars for Roma recycling entrepreneurs, ranging from social and citizen support, map-reading, literacy and numeracy, to business planning, entrepreneurship training, and cash-flow analysis. The recycling plans create projections and design a new model for municipal-private cooperation with Roma waste-pickers at the centre. The Serbian micro-finance organisation MicroFinS receives project funds which can be used to guarantee loans for Recycling collectors (waste-pickers) who agree to work in cooperation with their municipalities.
At the national level, policy and professionalisation activities are built around the formation of a national level recycling platform hosted by the Standing Conference of Serbian Cities and Towns (SKGO). The platform is an open forum for stakeholders to discuss and give form to new developments that arise in the course of EU accession.