Research Results of the Project „Care for the Carers: Policy Analysis of Informal Care Provision in Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina“ Published
The results of the RRPP-funded research project Care for the Carers: Policy Analysis of Informal Care Provision in Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina have recently been published. The objective of the project was to analyse the informal long-term care system focusing on informal carers, as well as policy advocacy efforts in Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, as an upgrade of the project (In)equality in Social Protection: Multi-level Analysis of Intersectionality in Social Assistance Provision – A Comparative Study.
The project was based on two premises: first, that informal long-term care is not recognised as a social risk by the welfare state in Macedonia and BiH, despite the complex socio-economic and demographic changes; and second, that concrete policies and measures allowing for sustainable care strategies are absent, while the needs and coping strategies of carers and their dependants are not acknowledged. With this in mind, EPI and Analitika have devised policy recommendations based on the conducted interviews and focus groups integrated in the policy brief.
The interviews were conducted, as planned, with relevant stakeholders from both countries, including the ministries of labour and social policy, centres for social work, and international and NGOs working in the field of social protection. Their recommendations were integrated in the draft policy briefs presented and discussed at two round tables. The final versions of the policy brief werepublished with the recommendations from the round tables.
This project was implemented by the European Policy Institute (Macedonia) and the Center for Social Research Analitika from Bosnia and Herzegovina, with the financial support from the Regional Research Promotion Programme. For more information please visit: epi.org.mk.
Policy brief: Who Cares for the Carers? Promoting Applied Policies for Informal Long-term Care