One Gazela, two Gazelas, three Gazelas… – EBRD AGM Issue Paper on the Gazela resettlement
Briefing | 10 May 2010
The removal and resettlement of the informal Gazela settlement from beneath the Gazela Bridge on highway Corridor X over the Sava River in Belgrade’s downtown took place in August 2009. Despite the involvement of international financial institutions (the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the European Investment Bank) and foreign development
agencies (the European Agency for Reconstruction and the UK Department for International Development), the resettlement has not brought satisfactory results.
Outstanding issues such as securing permanent housing and economic livelihood restoration of the former Gazela inhabitants are still to be resolved. It has now become apparent that the Sava River Crossing project will also involve some resettlement. The EBRD and the EIBs approach to this will act as a test case of how well lessons have been learnt from Gazela.