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The role of non government organisations (NGOs) in advancing the inclusion of children with disabilities in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and Bulgaria

Becirevic, Majda and Dowling, Monica (2013). The role of non government organisations (NGOs) in advancing the inclusion of children with disabilities in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and Bulgaria. In: Rassel, Michael and Iarskaia-Smirnova, Elena eds. Disability in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. BASEES/Routledge Series on Russian and East European Studies, 1. London: Rouledge .

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Following a long period of socio-political and economic transition, the number of NGOs in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Bulgaria has risen significantly. In the current climate of international pressures and economic changes, NGOs in both countries are seeking to position themselves in what is an unsettled welfare climate. These NGOs have different functions ranging from advocacy, research and policy making to providing various social services. This chapter compares the actions of international and national NGOs, in tandem with parents’ and human rights organisations and considers collaborative and conflict approaches from NGOs in working with other organisations. Based on PhD research supported by UNICEF and 15 months of fieldwork conducted in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Bulgaria, this chapter explores the role of NGOs in advancing the inclusion of disabled children (Becirevic 2010).
According to Lendvai (2007, p. 28) South East Europe has a crowded international policy space and for over a decade now it has had a multi-level social policy governance. The aim of this chapter is to map the various influences in disability, inclusion and child care policies currently taking places in BiH and Bulgaria; to identify dilemmas and tensions that come with these influences and to suggest ways forward. The first part of the chapter maps the diverse international influences on the development of social and inclusion policies, whilst the second part presents contradictions and dilemmas that come with this diversity. The final section suggests several ways forward in advancing the inclusion of disabled children and their families through more effective communication with all stakeholders and policies that have a ‘bottom up’ rather than a ‘top down’ approach’.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Copyright Holders: 2012 Routledge
ISBN: 0-415-61096-6, 978-0-415-61096-4
Academic Unit/Department: Health and Social Care > Social Work
Health and Social Care
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 33182
Depositing User: Monica Dowling
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2012 13:19
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2016 14:05
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