Vlada republike SrbijeGovernment of the Republic of Serbia


About the Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit of the Government of the Republic of Serbia

The Government established the Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit in 2009.

Since 2018, SIPRU has been operating within the Office of the Prime Minister

SIPRU is assisting those working in the Government and public institutions to implement activities, which will improve employment, education, health care, social, and childcare in Serbia.

SIPRU is assisting the Serbian Government in doing what is necessary for Serbia to join the European Union.

SIPRU is collaborating with non-governmental organisations in various ways. SIPRU brings together governmental institutions and non-governmental organisation.

SIPRU conducts surveys on poverty and vulnerable groups.

SIPRU organises meetings where participants exchange experiences and examples of good practice in various fields.

SIPRU is located at Milutina Milankovića Boulevard, number 106 in Belgrade, the phone number is 011 3111 421, and the email address is sipru@gov.rs

What is Social Inclusion?

Activities that contribute to ensuring that all people have an equal opportunity to exercise their rights, earn a living, to be educated, to receive medical treatment, to participate in decision making concerning society, etc.

What is poverty?

A condition when a person does not have sufficient means of subsistence, cannot find a job, lives in poor conditions, does not have adequate access to health care and other services

How can poverty be measured?

Poverty can be measured in many ways, and the terms absolute and relative poverty are often used.

Absolute poverty is when a person:

  •  lives in a space where there are more than three people per room,
  • cannot buy enough food,
  • does not have drinking water,
  • does not have a toilet,
  • does not have access to information (radio, television, computer),
  •  did not attend school, or cannot read or write,
  • does not have access to other services in the field of social protection, health care, education, etc.

In Serbia, 500 thousand people are absolutely poor (7.1%)

Relative poverty is when a person has less money and resources than the majority of people living in the same country

In Serbia 1 700 000 (24.3%) people are relatively poor.

International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Additional Agreement Mapping Social Protection Services under the Competence of Local Self-government Units in the Republic of Serbia