Financing of Social Services for Children in Macedonia

  • Natasha Bogoevska Associate Professor, University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, SkopjeFaculty of Philosophy, Institute of Social Work and Social Policy
  • Svetlana Trbojevik
  • Sofija Georgievska

Abstract

Over the last decade the social services sector in Macedonia has been involved in a reform processes in line with the strategic paths towards decentralization, deinstitutionalization and pluralization of social welfare. Children are in the main focus of the reform processes through twofold policy interventions: reduction of child poverty with incentives for improving range and amount of child benefits and advancement of social services for children facing social problems. Additionally, the reform processes were instigated by substantial budgetary allocations for administration of child benefits and delivery of social services for children followed by a critique for inappropriate targeting of children, undeveloped, low quality and expensive services for children mainly organized in massive residential institutions. Whereas, several researches had been carried out with focus on the quality of social services for children and coverage gaps, there is an insufficient evidence and analysis of the costs of services and their budgeting. This analysis is to serve the purpose of filling in the existing data gap through: (1) to map the existing social protection measures for children in Macedonia executed by state, non-governmental organizations and private service providers; (2) to identify the main mechanisms for financing social services for children and to provide clear insight into state financial support in the social services delivery and alternative child care support arrangements.
Published
Dec 29, 2018
How to Cite
BOGOEVSKA, Natasha; TRBOJEVIK, Svetlana; GEORGIEVSKA, Sofija. Financing of Social Services for Children in Macedonia. European Journal of Marketing and Economics, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 3, p. 7-20, dec. 2018. ISSN 2601-8667. Available at: <http://journals.euser.org/index.php/ejme/article/view/3964>. Date accessed: 22 july 2019. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.26417/ejme.v1i3.p7-20.