Together with OPM’s health team, we were contracted by the EU to introduce new approaches to the delivery of end-of-life care in Serbia
OPM has recently delivered major multi-year projects on behalf of DFID supporting the planning and delivery of social services in Moldova and Serbia
OPM is supporting the government of Tajikistan to improve the delivery of social services nationwide
We offer technical advice & support across social services development from policy & strategy planning & standards development through to advising on the design of specific interventions & the training of personnel.
When a developing country is struggling to meet the very basic needs of its population, it is hardly surprising that national development plans, social protection strategies and donor policies place an overwhelming emphasis on poverty reduction and the provision of basic public services. Whilst poverty may be one of the drivers that leads people to require social care and support, income generation alone will not, in many cases, provide the solution to meeting the needs of people who are dependent on others for basic care or protection.
As the demand for social care services increases, policy-makers face the challenge of deciding which services are most needed, but also which are most effective, within a context of limited resources. Whether establishing new services, or expanding existing services, a participative approach to needs assessment can bring benefits both for the policy-maker and for the end recipient of the services.
Determining the expected costs of providing social care services as part of budgeting for social protection is becoming an issue of increasing importance for governments and donors. The answer is rarely straightforward and is linked to a number of factors including the particular needs of vulnerable groups in a given country or locality, the range of services to be provided, the way in which they are organised and the standard to which they should be delivered.