Social Inclusion

Social inclusion is a process that allows those who are at risk of poverty and social exclusion to gain the opportunities and resources needed for full participation in economic, social and cultural life, and to achieve the prosperity and living standards that are considered acceptable in the society where they are living. Social inclusion ensures greater citizen participation in making decisions that affect their lives and the realization of basic rights.

In October 2011 CEDEM was elected as a national partner organization of the Open Society Institute (OSI) in Budapest for the implementation of the "PGF Montenegro", which aims to strengthen the capacity of Roma NGOs and members of the RAE community to write proposals and project cycle management, with special emphasis on projects funded by the European Union. In addition, the CEDEM Social Inclusion Department is involved in the preparation of the project and inclusion of RAE population at the local level, which will be implemented in three municipalities in Montenegro. The aim of the project is to improve the economic status and living conditions for the target population, through active recruitment and improvement of infrastructure in Roma settlements.


 

Within the aforementioned project, CEDEM has implemented a large number of activities. Specifically, the Center for Democracy and Human Rights (CEDEM) presented the results of the "Forms of Discrimination in Montenegro" survey on Wednesday, May 26, 2017 at the Hilton Hotel in Podgorica. The research was carried out in cooperation with the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights and the Ombudsman Institution, as part of the project "Support to National Institutions in the Prevention of Discrimination in Montenegro" (PREDIM), funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe, with the responsibility of the Council of Europe.

The research results were presented by Milos Besic, CEDEM's chief methodologist and Milena Besic, CEDEM's director.

From 29 to 31 August, CEDEM held a training course in Kolasin focused on the research skills of the Ombudsman's staff. The aim of the training is to increase research capacity for public policy needs. The training was implemented in cooperation with the Ombudsman Institution, within the project "Support to National Institutions in the Prevention of Discrimination in Montenegro" (PREDIM), funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe, and the Council of Europe is responsible for implementation.

The Center for Democracy and Human Rights, in cooperation with the Council of Europe, is implementing a project "Support to National Institutions in the Prevention of Discrimination in Montenegro - BEFORE", funded by the European Union. Within the framework of October 2017, the project hosted training “Capacity Building in Research Skills”. The training was led by prof. dr Miloš Bešić, methodologist.

The training was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Justice, the Criminal Sanctions Enforcement Bureau and the Ombudsman Institution of Montenegro.

The training aimed to build capacity in research skills. The training contributed to the participants understanding of the research process as well as analyzing and interpreting the data obtained through this process. The training covers practical examples in different areas of public policy research, with particular emphasis on research evaluation design, given their day-to-day work.

In March 2018, the Center for Democracy and Human Rights (CEDEM) published the second survey "Forms, Patterns and Degree of Discrimination in Montenegro - Trends and Analysis" in collaboration with the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights and the Ombudsman Institution, as part of the project " Support to National Institutions in the Prevention of Discrimination in Montenegro ”(PREDIM), funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe, and the Council of Europe is responsible for its implementation.

 

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For the past nine months, the Center for Democracy and Human Rights (CEDEM) has implemented the Youth Can Change the Future project in cooperation with partners from Albania and Serbia.

The overall objective is to strengthen and promote intercultural dialogue by raising awareness of the cultural and linguistic diversity of young people, thus preventing negative attitudes towards people from other countries, while the purpose of the project is to create an environment that will contribute to the mutual understanding and cooperation of young people by building strong and lasting friendships and relationships with individuals from different ethnic groups in the Western Balkans regions.

As part of the project, a documentary was filmed with the participants of a regional study visit that took place in September 2018. The film presents the views, opinions, and recommendations of 20 young people from Montenegro, Albania, Kosovo and Serbia on the importance of multicultural dialogue and the role of young people in the process. In the movie, too, look at how young people were able to break down the prejudices they had about each other, resulting from the tumultuous history of our region and the often mutual misunderstanding and lack of knowledge of our neighbors' culture.

Another result of this project is the publication Inspiring stories: Springboard to reconciliation, in which we present the statements and stories of young people from the region about the causes and motives of prejudice, stereotypes and ethnic distance towards certain ethnic groups, and how to overcome differences, improve trust and relationships among young people in the region. The publication also includes a set of key findings and recommendations in the field of intercultural dialogue.

The documentary and publication were supported by the Regional Office for Youth Cooperation - RYCO, as part of the first call for proposals.