The Project “Support to National Policies for Inclusion of Roma and Marginalized Groups in Education and Labour Market through Promoting Innovative Systems, Integrating Mainstream and Community Development Interventions” is co-funded by the European Union within the framework of the Danube Transnational Program (Seed Money Facility) and the national governments of Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary.
In large-scale the Project will contribute to the implementation of the priorities of the Cooperation Program for Social cohesion, and in particular for Priority Axes 4 “Good governance of the Danube Region”.
It is implemented in Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary by a partnership of 4 NGOs:
E.G.A. – Creating Effective Grassroots Alternatives Foundation (Bulgaria) – as a lead partner;
Roma-Lom Foundation (Bulgaria),
Local Initiative Association Roman 2002 (Romania),
Alliance of Roma minority representatives and advocates of Nograd County (Hungary).
The project duration is 6 months (September 2018 – February 2019).
The main project objectives include assessment of problems and needs of Roma communities and most marginalized groups in the context of current policies and measures, in order to identify and promote relevant interventions, tackling the obstacles to inclusive education systems and labour markets. A largescale transnational project is developed as a result of the implemented research and consulting with national and local stakeholders in the three partner countries. This Main project is aimed at developing and piloting integrated holistic models of community services supporting the effective inclusion of most vulnerable Roma and marginalized groups in education and employment. Innovative approaches will be applied for integrating the mainstream measures with the community development support and mobilizing the internal community potential for development. Following the testing in pilot locations in Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary, the models of integrated services will be promoted for improvement of national policies, the institutional capacity will be supported for national-wide rolling out of the models. NGOs will become the engine of the social innovations, mobilizing national partnerships with the state institutions, municipal authorities and all relevant stakeholders, including the target communities.