Swedish partner: Borås stad

Collaborative efforts in Borås and Vračar for Disability Inclusion

The partnership project between Borås Municipality and the municipality of Vračar in Serbia is working to increase influence and participation for people with disabilities. Halfway into the project there are already tangible results to showcase.

Vračar is one of the 17 district municipalities in the Serbian capital, Belgrade. Through the partnership with Borås Municipality, they aim to enhance accessibility and participation for people with disabilities and increase their opportunities to Influence local decision-making

Implementation of the Disability Council

In Borås, there is already an established Disability Council that collaborates with civil society to improve accessibility in the municipality. Borås also has an accessibility consultant and a disability consultant who are working to advance the city’s accesability efforts in cooperation with the municipal departments, companies, and the business and civil society. In Vračar, there was no organization in place for this work. Therefore, their primary challenge has been to establish a structure for the work and functions within the organization. A milestone was the implementation of a Disability Council, something that has already become reality!

When Borås visited Vračar in September this year, they were able to participate in the newly established and newly implemented Disability Council. The council includes individuals from different committees, employment agencies, and various NGOs.

“In Sweden, civil society has been the driving force in the development towards a more inclusive society. It is an experience that I believe is important to share and one that makes me proud, says Kerstin Niklasson, project coordinator in Borås Municipality.

Irena Lakobrija Delica is Vračar’s project manager in the partnership and works as the head of the disability unit in her daily work. She is pleased that, thanks to the newly established Disability Council, there is now an arena for these issues. It also brings them one step closer to establishing the position of a disability consultant in Vračar.

“Having someone designated to work on these issues is something we really must strive for, to achieve sustainable and institutionalised activities,” says Irena.

A Role Model

Several municipalities in Serbia are looking at the work Vračar is doing to create better participation and influence for people with disabilities. Vračar has also been tasked with sharing their knowledge with other municipalities, primarily in Belgrade but also in other parts of the country.

“It’s great to see that our project is really producing results, and we are so proud of our cooperation partner,” says Herawati Iskandar Nowak, disability consultant in Borås Municipality and project manager in the partnership. Being able to contribute with our knowledge from Borås Municipality to improve Vračar’s and, in the long run, parts of Serbia’s local work for people with disabilities is fantastic!

The two project managers in the partnership: Herawati Iskandar Novak, Borås and Irena Lakobrija, Vracar. Photo: Vracar Municipality.

Info on Vračar Municipality’s Website

More about the municipal partnership Borås – Vracar

Sustainable Development Goals
10 - Reduced inequalities
Topic
Human Rights
Swedish partner
Borås stad
International partner
Vracar

Borås and Vracar – Serbia

Accessibility – organisation policy, structure and practice

Both municipalities want to improve their capacity to reach out to and get input from people with disabilities, since they feel they are stuck in the “old way” of getting and giving out information. This causes a risk to fail to include the perspectives of people with disabilities in policy-making that affects them. Lack of understanding of the needs of citizens with disability may mean that their rights are not respected.

This project aims to increase accessibility of information and services for the citizens with functional variation in the two towns, city of Borås and city municipality of Vracar. Both cities have been working with accessibility for many years. However, accessibility contains many different aspects and the partners have prioritized accessibility work in different ways. Now they want to learn from each other.

The objective for City municipality of Vracar is to be a good example showing that it is possible to implement structural change with the aim of receiving continuous feedback from different disability groups and person with disability living in the city with an improved implementation of universal design.

Project Area
Inclusive leadership and governanceUrban planning
Sustainable Development Goals
10 - Reduced inequalities11 - Sustainable cities and communities
Topic
Human RightsParticipatory democracy, citizen dialogues and budgeting
Swedish partner
Borås stad
International partner
Vracar

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Students and staff from the university will acquire new academic skills and knowledge on waste management.

Project Area
Environment/Climate change
Swedish partner
Borås stad

Waste to Value in Palu

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On the individual level this project aims at increasing the knowledge of project participants concerning waste management. Students and staff from the university will acquire new academic skills and knowledge on waste management.

Project Area
Environment/Climate change
Swedish partner
Borås stad
International partner
Palu City

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To support Palu this project will focus on organization structures to meet the future challenges of a sustainable Palu and as well as a education center to equip the inhabitants with the right knowledge to contribute to the development.

Project Area
Environment/Climate change
Swedish partner
Borås stad
International partner
Palu City

Waste Management in Da Nang

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Project Area
Environment/Climate change
Swedish partner
Borås stad
International partner
City of Da Nang

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A necessity is to work with sustainable urban planning in order to meet the demands of development but at the same time reduce the impact on the environment, in this case the Bay area, the city’s living room and parlor.

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Project Area
Urban planning
Swedish partner
Borås stad
International partner
Palu City