Vesna Kostic, World Bank Senior Communications Officer, Belgrade Office
Too often, Serbia's disabled stay at home, out of sight and out of mind. Attitudes and laws are starting to change; the disabled are gaining self-esteem and society is learning to be more accepting.
But it has been a long road and there are still many challenges. Tackling them at the local level has been an effective way of chipping away at the large obstacles facing Serbia's disabled.
With the World Bank support, the Delivery of Improved Local Services Project (DILS) has funded a wide array of local groups that raise awareness and provide services for the disabled so they can live more active and independent lives.
And it has transformed the way the government evaluates, funds and scales up support for local initiatives that help the disabled.