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Monitoring visit to Montenegro


As part of the activities of the “Taking Action on Social Inclusion of Older People” project, funded by European Union, Austrian Development Agency and Austrian Red Cross, and coordinated by the Red Cross of Serbia, on 16 and 17 January 2018 a monitoring visit to project partners in Montenegro was organised. The goal of the visit was primarily to provide support to partners and to get more familiarised with the project activities in this country. On the first day of the meeting a Dignitas Network meeting was organised and its participants were presented with the methodology of the research conducted within the framework of the project. The research is centred on the Quality of life and needs of older people and will be performed in nine municipalities involving 600 interviewees (questionnaires, home visits and focus groups). The research will include older people living in both urban and rural areas. The research will be finalised and the results presented at a press conference in late March. Other discussions at the Network meeting included expansion of the network and other future activities. The Red Cross of Serbia representative, Natasa Todorovic spoke about human rights of older women and men. The meeting was also attended by the representatives of Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Ministry of Health and Institute for Social and Child Protection, the institutions supporting the work of the Network in Montenegro.

On the second day of the visit the Red Cross of Montenegro, in its role of the national project coordinator signed contracts with 12 civil society organisations whose microprojects were selected for support. The projects encompass different activities targeting older people and include: interactive intergenerational workshops/ debates, assistance with schoolwork, handcrafting decorative items, conferences, computer literacy, education for older people on how to start participating in the work of municipal assemblies, photo exhibitions, panel discussions, home visits, psychosocial support for older people from rural areas, adapting gardens for older people, manufacturing souvenirs, creative and educational workshops. All these projects include promotional activities in cooperation with local and national media so they will contribute to the visibility of older people and their everyday problems, in their communities and in the society as a whole. After signing the contracts, the partners were discussed the implementation of their projects, visibility and reporting. The Red Cross of Serbia representative spoke to the meeting participants about the regional perspective of the project.