Urban Alternatives is launched by a collaboration of different actors which are united in their efforts to create a more democratic, just and sustainable world. This map seeks to highlight initiatives that work towards this goal. Proposal for initiatives not listed yet can be made directly on the website. This process is open to new collaborations.


Ne da(vi)mo Beograd

Don’t let Belgrade d(r)own
Citizen Participation Mechanism

What challenges did this initiative look to address?

The initiative is made up of people with various profiles, interests and beliefs, gathered around a common goal: to put an end to the degradation and plunder of Belgrade on behalf of megalomaniac urban and architectural projects, primarily the “Belgrade Waterfront” project. They are determined to fight against the appropriation of parts of our city driven by private interests of non-transparent actors. They refuse the constant disregard and contempt for citizens’ voices and opinions in the face of the private interests of individuals and shady deals between investors and politicians, that ultimately treat the public good and public funds as collateral damage.

What has changed?

Small-scale actions were followed by mass protests in 2015 and at the beginning of 2016. The watershed moment followed the demolitions of 25 April 2016, when citizens showed up in great numbers to protest, demanding resignations and laying criminal responsibility at the door of officials. In the months to come, 10 major protests took place, each one bigger than the previous one. At the height of the protests, there were 20,000 people on the streets of Belgrade – the biggest civic protests since those that toppled Slobodan Milošević in 2000.

How did it happen?

From the beginning, the initiative included direct actions and mass protests, using legal challenges to the development, as well as intense media campaigns. The development which contravenes Serbian legislation is still underway, but the protest has nevertheless injected a new sense of hope onto the streets of Belgrade. It has showed the strength of its citizens who are willing and ready to take back the control of their city, of their lives and of their future.

The initiative is funded by the voluntary contributions of the participants, as well as the individuals and organisations that support their activities, ideas and goals.