The Centre for development of the South-East planning region organized a Second Forum Session for presentation of project proposals in the field of social inclusion within the project "Sustainable and inclusive balanced regional development" on 07.02.2020 at Hotel Sirius in Strumica.
Present at this session were also representatives from the Ministry of Local Self-Government, Ms. Bisera Jakimovska and Ms. Nade Petrusheva-Neskovski who gave important directions for improvement of the proposed concepts.
The participants presented five draft concepts in the field of social inclusion that were developed during the first forum session.
The draft concepts presented at the Second Forum Session were: Improving the conditions for education and stay of vulnerable groups in the South-East Planning Region, Training Center for Access to the Labor Market for Persons with Disabilities, Improving the Health Protection of Women in Rural Areas, Introducing social services to assist the elderly and frail and Protecting the Homeless, suggested by forum participants.
By the third forum session, these draft concepts will be refined and improved in cooperation with the working groups, and during the third forum, projects will be prioritized for funding for a grant from the Swiss Agency for Development and the Ministry of Local Self-Government, totaling 125,559.00 CHF.
In order to successfully implement the participatory process for selection of priority projects in the field of social inclusion in the region, the Centre for development of the South-East planning region will organize another forum session which will be held on 13.03.2020.
The project, which will be selected by donors for implementation, is expected to improve conditions for social inclusion in the South-East region.
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