Development Observatory

Social Development Resource Center

Welcome to Development Observatory! This is resource center, dedicated to the debating, analysing and monitoring social development of Serbia. We provide opportunity to expand the understanding of development as broader concept – social as well as economic, inclusive and sustainable.

Development Observatory is knowledge center (see Approaches), monitors development along several dimensions and indirators (see Trends), focuses on special problems (see InFocus) as well as development in Serbia in SDG context (see SDGs).

Development Trends

Social inclusion

Indicator: AROPE rate

At risk of poverty or social exclusion, abbreviated as AROPE, refers to the situation of people either at risk of poverty, or severely materially deprived or living in a household with a very low work intensity

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Serbia experienced the decrease in At-risk-of-poverty and social exclusion (AROPE), in 2016, as the most of the EU countries. However, Serbia still has one of the highest AROPE rates in comparison to EU countries and Macedonia, just a bit lower than Bulgaria and same as Romania. This means that social and economic policies in Serbia are still leaving many people behind the prevailing standard in the country, primarily due to low income and high unemployment. (More)


Poverty in Serbia

The risk of poverty and social exclusion in Serbia is 41.3 (2015) and 7.3% of people in Serbia live in absolute poverty (2016). Ending poverty in all its forms everywhere is the 1st Sustainable Development Goal. (More)

Employment of women 45+

Gender gap in employment is big in Serbia (2016). Data show that worst position have women belonging to ‘older labour force’ (45 years and more). Their employment rate is lowest while inactivity rate is the highest in comparison with men and younger women. (More)

Public expenditure on culture

The expenditures of budgetary funds on art, entertainment and recreation in EU28 is 284 EUR per inhabitant and in EU15 even 322 EUR. The amount is more than ten times less in Serbia, only 22.88 EUR per inhabitant (2015). (More)