• 2023-01-26

Vulnerable Households in Serbia Face Unique Challenges due to Ukrainian Crisis

“Extending Social Protection to Families in Serbia with Enhanced Shock-Responsiveness”

New research has revealed that vulnerable and marginalized population groups in the Republic of Serbia are facing distinct challenges resulting from both the COVID-19 pandemic and the Ukrainian crisis.

Poverty projections for the most vulnerable population categories in Serbia - families with children and older persons – were presented today by UNFPA, UNICEF, UNHCR and the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office as part of the Joint United Nation’s Programme “Extending Social Protection to Families in Serbia with Enhanced Shock-Responsiveness” which is mainly funded by the UN Joint SDG Fund.

Bearing the brunt of the crises are families with young children, particularly those with more than four household members, older persons living alone or in older households, refugees, asylum seekers, persons at risk of statelessness and internally displaced persons, those living in rural or remote areas, or with a minimum income. 

Research was conducted in cooperation with the Center for Democracy Foundation 

More info: https://serbia.unfpa.org



Poverty Projections for Older Persons

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Ukrainian crisis
​on the poverty of older persons in the Republic of Serbia



The Impact of the Global Crisis on Vulnerable Groups

Findings from the Focus Group Discussions 




About the project:

UN Joint Programme Extending Social Protection to families in Serbia with enhanced shock-responsiveness focuses on strengthening shock-responsive social protection system to mitigate the socio-economic impacts of the consecutive crisis that hit the country.

Its aim is to (i) strengthen the data response on the impact of the crisis on the most vulnerable groups to feed into the introduction of legislative changes for adaptive social protection system (ii) apply the shock-responsive social protection principles to provide support for the 170 most vulnerable families The project is implemented jointly by UNICEF (lead agency) and UNFPA, with the participation of UNHCR and in close partnership with the Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on Agenda 2030, Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs, other line-Ministries, Local Self Governments, Statistical Office, Red Cross and World Bank. The total project value is $289.200, funded mainly by the UN Joint SDG Fund.

Source: UNFPA Serbia / UN Serbia / CDF