Serbia is currently trying to cope with the economic and social legacy of the Miloševič era, the consequences of international sanctions and the damage to its infrastructure and industry that resulted during the NATO bombings in 1999. The country is gradually democratising once again. The inhabitants have regained their civil freedom, but are still troubled by high unemployment and corruption.
In the 1990's, People in Need helped intensively with humanitarian interventions in the war-torn states of former Yugoslavia and thereafter during the renewal of these regions. This is why it also offers Serbia expert assistance in areas in which the Czech Republic has high-quality professionals.
Since the beginning, People in Need has been working in Serbia in the area of social services with an emphasis on supporting services for the mentally disabled. In the beginning we focused on humanitarian aid, the goal of which was to ease the consequences of long-term economic problems in institutions. After alleviating critical situations, the organisation redirected its activities to long-term structural change.