The paper aims to provide an overview of Serbian civil society involvement in development cooperation, as well as development education and awareness raising. As Serbia started the European Union (EU) accession negotiations in January 2014, it is expected to fully align its legislation with the EU body of laws, also called the acquis communautaire. Chapter 30 of the EU acquis deals with external relations and includes legislation with regards to the provision of development and humanitarian aid to developing countries. During the EU accession process, Serbia will also go from being a recipient of Official Development Assistance (ODA) to becoming a donor country. The paper also assesses the extent to which steps have been taken by the government of Serbia to set up an institutional and policy framework for the provision of development assistance to developing countries. At the same time, the involvement of civil society in international cooperation is presented. Finally, the most active and relevant civil society actors working in this domain are mapped in the paper.
This publication is part of the project “Western Balkan CSOs for Global Development” financed by the Austrian Development and HORIZONT3000 through its partner organisations.
This paper has been initially published in 2014 by the TRIALOG project, authored by Oana Raluca Badan. In 2017 it has been updated and complemented by Djurdja Dukic (Civic Initiatives) and Goran Mitrovic (Association People’s Parliament).