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Visiting Speaker: Maja Gerovska Mitev

A job for the unemployed:
Challenges for activation policies in the Western Balkans


Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Time 6:00 - 7:30pm

Cañada Blanch Room, (COW 1.11),  1st floor, Cowdray House, LSE, London WC2A 2AE 


Maja Gerovska Mitev, Professor of Social Policy at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje, Macedonia

Chair Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis, LSEE Research on SEE, London School of Economics

maja-gerovska-mitevMaja Gerovska Mitev is a professor of Social Policy at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje, Macedonia. Her main research interests include: comparative social policy, poverty and social inclusion and international organizations. She is Editor in chief of the Journal of Social Policy, published bi-annually, since 2008, by the Faculty of Philosophy in Skopje. She is independent expert for Macedonia in the European Social Policy Network, of the European Commission, and also a Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) of UNESCO’s Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme (2016-2019). She is the author of few books, among which: Material deprivation, poverty and social exclusion among households in Macedonia (2012), published by Friedrich Ebert Foundation; many book chapters including most recent: Welfare State Realities in Macedonia: Trends and Challenges” in Schubert, K., de Vilota, P. and Kuhlmann, J. (eds.) Challenges to European Welfare Systems, published by Springer (2016); as well as numerous journal articles, such as: “Social Policy Challenges and Strategic Priorities in the EU Candidate Countries" in the Journal on European Perspectives of the Western Balkans (2016).

About the seminar

The presentation aimed to explore the effectiveness of the ongoing active labour market programs in Macedonia, Serbia and Bosnia. More concretely, it tried to comparatively analyze the coverage of ALMP (among registered unemployed), the inclusion of vulnerable unemployed groups in the ALMP offer, as well as ALMP contribution toward improved employability and up-skilling of registered unemployed. The presentation  challenged the idea of applicability/worth of ALMP in socio-economic contexts in which there is a substantial informal economy, limited ALMP funding and predominance of passive activation measures. The qualitative analysis was based on data sources from the Labour Force Surveys in the respective countries, as well as available data from the Public Employment Services. On the basis of existing research and data, the presentation tried to assess whether existing activation policies in the Western Balkans are only populist, short-term solutions that bring greater costs to the public budgets than consequent benefits.



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