Social Inclusion

Overview

About one-fifth of Croatian citizens perceive themselves as socially excluded or at risk of social exclusion, according to UNDP's National Human Development Report for Croatia, Unplugged: Faces of Social Exclusion presented in February 2007. According to the Croatian Bureau of Statistics (www.dzs.hr) the at risk of poverty rate in Croatia in 2010 amounted to 20.6%, while the EU 27 average is 16,4% - therefore, in terms of poverty rates, Croatia ranks among the most vurneable countries, close to Latvia (21.3%); Romania (21%), Bulgaria (20,7%); Lithuania (20.2%) and Greece (20,1%). The groups most at risk of social exclusion include people with physical and intellectual disabilities, women, returnees, the Roma and Serb minorities, long term unemployed, youth, single parent families, homeless, old people and prisoners.

Our Goals

The Social Inclusion programme provides support to social groups and individuals who are at risk of social exclusion and to those who have difficulties in achieving their civic, political and social rights. Through this programme, UNDP assists the Croatian central and local governments to effectively address social exclusion through data gathering, public debate and a transparent decision making process in social policy. The overall aim is to assist in the development and implementation of more inclusive and strategic social policies that target vulnerable social groups. more

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Roma in Croatia

Roma continue to be one of the most disadvantaged groups in Croatia. UNDP's survey points to a widening gap in poverty, education and employment between Roma and non-Roma: 92.31 % of Roma live in relative poverty; 26 % of Roma are completing elementary school and only 10% of them complete secondary school. / Photo by Lana Slivar

Our Stories

  • Surviving wartime sexual violence

    Twenty years after the war, women like Ivana and Ana live coping with violent memories, lost family members, sometimes seeing perpetrators in the streets, stigmatized by many in their communities, trying to create some sort of normality in their lives. more

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  • Youth as builders of a common future in Croatia

    With the highest share of Roma in its total population, Međimurje County has 12 Roma settlements like Kuršanec spatially separated from the majority of the local population which especially results in geographical aspects of exclusion, particularly for youth generations. more

Projects and Initiatives

Addressing the needs of wartime victims of sexual violence in Croatia

During the Homeland War in Croatia in 1991-95 many women (and some men) were victims of sexual violence perpetrated by enemy forces as an act of war. more

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