The Government of Serbia established the Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit (SIPRU) in July 2009. The Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit is mandated to strengthen Government capacities to develop and implement social inclusion policies based on good practices in Europe. Furthermore, the SIPRU provides support to the Government to coordinate, monitor and report on the efforts of the Government of Serbia in the field of social inclusion.
The Unit supports the building of capacities and processes with the aim of a more effective development and implementation of social inclusion policies in all public administration bodies, so that the Republic of Serbia is enabled to report on: establishing the monitoring system based on social inclusion indicators, developed and integrated social inclusion policies, strengthened and development capacities of public administration to implement and report on the social inclusion process, as well as on the established and sustainable unit which shall represent a mechanism for coordinating further development and reporting on the social inclusion process.
The social inclusion policies are mainstreamed in the regular activities of relevant institutions of the Government of the Republic of Serbia at all levels. Thus the priorities of the social inclusion process shall be reflected in the processes of regular activity planning and budgeting.
The processes to be developed are based on the knowledge and good practices of European countries, as well as the experiences of the Republic of Serbia collected during the development and implementation of national policies, including the relevant documents such as the National Program of Integration of the Republic of Serbia into the European Union and the Poverty Reduction Strategy.
The Swiss Confederation is providing support to the Government of the Republic of Serbia to enhance the social inclusion process in the Republic of Serbia, in the period 2009 – 2021, through the project entitled “Support to Improve Social Inclusion in the Republic of Serbia”.