The NTF Project Enters the Second Phase of Implementation (1 July 2008 - 30 June 2009)
After two years of successful implementation (1 June 2006 - 30 June 2008), where significant results have been achieved in all components of the project, the NATO Trust Fund Project for Assistance to Discharged Defence Personnel (NTF) enters the second phase of implementation.
As agreed by the Ministry of Defence, donor countries and IOM, the NTF activities during the third year will target the new 5,641 discharged defence personnel through the outreach and information dissemination strategies, disbursement of grants and loans and the counselling; monitoring and evaluation activities will be introduced according to the evaluation framework and capacity building activities, especially focusing on support to PRISMA IT system, training activities and business incubator expertise.
Mr. Dragan Dražić (45), ex Major, supported by NTF salary subsidy found a job in the private company "NS-PHARM" d.o.o. as work health and safety officer
As it was evaluated by the project management and main donor countries, in spite of the difficult social-political environment in the past two years, the NTF project has been able to meet the initial expectations. In two-year period a total of 3,156 discharged defence personnel received one-on-one counselling and registered at the IOM-NTF regional offices in Belgrade, Novi Sad and Niš, as well as in the Kraljevo sub-office; 1,608 project beneficiaries received the NTF grants and successfully reintegrated into civilian life.
The NTF project is designed for an implementation period of five years and consists of two phases of two and three years respectively. Initially, the project was funded for the first phase only. Following up on a request for continuation of the project presented by the Serbian MoD and building on the positive results and findings of the external independent evaluation, donor nations have decided to continue the NTF activities beyond the first two year phase in June 2008. As stated at the Steering Committee Meeting, held in June 2008, this decision to continue the activities should be seen as recognition of the usefulness and pertinence of this project as well as recognition of a very fruitful partnership between the MoD, NATO PfP, contributing nations and IOM.