Capital Belgrade
Population 7.3 million
Life Expectancy 73.9
Access to clean water 99%
Adult literacy 96.4%
Under five mortality 6.75 per 1,000 live births
GDP per head (US$ PPP) $10,800

Our Joint Programmes

Promoting Peace Building in Southern Serbia
South Serbia has the country’s only concentration of ethnic Albanians, and is also the poorest part of Serbia. Tensions continue to exist over inequalities, actual and perceived, between ethnic communities in South Serbia and between the south and the rest of the country. The Joint Programme addressed the key obstacles to sustainable peace in the region by strengthening dialogue and social cohesion, improving access to and quality of public services, and stimulating equitable economic development.
Sustainable Tourism for Rural Development
In spite of a decade of economic growth and a halving of its poverty rate, Serbia continues to experience significant disparities in development. People in rural areas are twice as poor as city dwellers, and three out of four are subsistence farmers. To reduce poverty and emigration in rural areas, the MDG-Fund helped develop sustainable tourism as a means of boosting economic activity and increasing employment.
Support to National Efforts for the Promotion of Youth Employment and Management of Migration
Young people in Serbia face dismal job prospects -- nearly half of all youth were unemployed when the Joint Programme began in 2009. The programme worked with the government to increase youth employment, especially for disadvantaged young women and men and members of the Roma minority, while concurrently reducing the negative impact of return and irregular migration.


How do I draw the “Right to love?”

Children of different ethnicities get to know each other through art, song and dance at an MDG-F peace-building workshop in southern Serbia.


The Vlasina Lake Housewives : Building peace in South Serbia

27 women have formed an UN-backed cooperative to boost incomes in one of the country’s least developed regions, one jam jar at a time.


Securing equal rights for Serbia’s Roma minority

21-year-old Anita Jovic recently received her first state-issued ID card, entitling her to all the rights of a citizen -- one of 250 members of Serbia's Roma minority who are no longer legally invisible, thanks to assistance from the MDG-F.


More than 2000 unemployed Serbian youth get training and jobs

MDG-F helps disadvantaged young people become more employable through grants, training and work placements in companies.


MDG-F spurs rural development in Serbia

The MDG-F is funding efforts to boost tourism in Serbia’s rural areas, where unemployment is high and nearly one in ten people live below the poverty line.


A new life in Serbia

“After having spent nearly 10 years in a collective center, we are now starting a new life.” Orhan and Mersiha Kurtesi recently bought a house for their family with the help of the MDG-F and a UN program to provide permanent homes for people displaced by the Kosovo war.