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Assessment of Development Results - Serbia

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A decade of regional warfare during the 1990s, intervention by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the authoritarian policies of the Milosevic regime left Serbia socially, politically and economically devastated. Serbia became isolated from the international community, and the transition brought a number of costs. The assessment is based on an evaluation of current and past programmes and extensive stakeholder consultations. It provides an analysis of the extent to which United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has positioned itself effectively to identify and respond to national development needs. It also offers an overall assessment of the development results in the areas of post-conflict transition achieved in cooperation with the Government and other development partners.

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Conclusions, lessons and recommendations

This chapter of the report brings together the main conclusions, findings and summary challenges and recommendations regarding UNDP’s programme in Serbia. The country is at a challenging crossroads as it strives to forge a new national identity and transition from crisis and post-conflict to democracy and EU membership. Political uncertainties are expected to continue for some time, even though questions relating to Kosovo and the International Criminal Tribunal may be answered during 2006. Other challenges relating to the legacies of a command economy and dysfunctional centralized socialist system of governance can only be met over the medium to longer term, requiring substantial commitment and investment from the people of Serbia and the international/European community.

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