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Training seminar on building entrepreneurial skills in social economy organized in Tirgu Mures

21.06.2013

Tirgu MuresUNDP Romania in partnership with the Center for Institutional Analysis and Development (CADI - Eleutheria), Government of Romania – Department for Interethnic Relations (DRI) and Roma Civic Alliance for Romania (ACRR) organized in Tirgu Mures, between 11-13 June 2013, the regional social economy seminar focused on building entrepreneurial skills in social economy.

The three-day regional seminar was designed to provide basic theoretical concepts of social entrepreneurship and the role of public authorities in the development of social economy models for Roma communities. The targeted participants were social inclusion experts representing local authorities and civil society from the Center Development Region of Romania. They were taught about the benefits and challenges of developing and implementing a social business plan and were familiarized with the growing role of social economy in the inclusion of Roma communities. 

Following the seminar, 33 participants became Certified Professionals in social economy entrepreneurship, and were encouraged to help increase the level of social inclusion of Roma communities in the Central region of Romania.

“Building entrepreneurial skills in social economy” is the forth in a series of six seminars dedicated to strengthening the role of local authorities and civil society in developing social economy models for Roma communities, noting their diversity in terms of culture, social empowerment, education and income generation. The first three seminars took place in Cluj (October 2011), Calarasi (November 2012) and Bacau (March 2013). The following seminars will be held in Drobeta Turnu Severin (11-13 July 2013) and Oradea (September 2013).

 

A new stage in addressing the issue of former detainees reintegration into society and the labor market

10.06.2013

​The United Nations Development Programme in partnership with the National Administration of Penitentiaries launched the "Study regarding the development of an integrated inter-institutional mechanism for the social reintegration of former convicts". The publication was introduced to the public during the conference held at the Radisson Blu hotel in Bucharest, on Friday, May 31st, 2013. The event brought together about 100 participants, experts on social inclusion, public authorities and civil society representatives.

Ensuring continuity of pre and post-liberation interventions by providing probation services with an integrative approach, valuing the resources of  NGOs volunteers and making use of social services at their best, the adoption of a government decision on the cooperation between agencies that include, among others, clear responsibilities for each institution in charge, are only some of the recommendations formulated in the study and presented by Mr. Ion Durnescu, co-author of the publication.

The closing session of the conference provided the guests with the opportunity of engaging in a brief debate on the recommendations of the study. The discussions revealed the need for better inter-institutional cooperation in order to accomplish a sustainable social reintegration of former detainees.

Based on a comparative analysis of patterns and best practices of reintegration in EU states, the "Study regarding the development of an integrated inter-institutional mechanism for the social reintegration of former convicts" was developed as part of the project "The return of former convicts to the labor market and their integration into society", co-financed by the European Social Fund through the Sectorial Operational Programme Human Resources Development 2007-2013. The publication aims to showcase an integrated approach by advancing directions targeting the process and the content of the interventions that have been addressed throughout the study.

 

The Social Economy Model for Romania: last seminar in the project

21.05.2013

Central and local authorities, NGOs and representatives from social economy entities attended the Social Economy – Profit for the People seminar in Bucharest on May, 21. The event which is the final one from a series of six similar events, was organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Romania in the Social Economy Model for Romania project, cofinanced through the European Social Fund – POSDRU.

The promotion of the project and its activities, promoting the concept of social economy, capacity building for the social inclusion specialists and establishing a dialogue with central and local authorities but also representatives from the social economy entities in Bucharest were the objectives of the seminar. The other events took place in Bacău, Târgoviște, Curtea de Argeș, Galați and București in 2012 and 2013.

The seminar was attended by representatives of the Romanian Government – The National Agency for Roma, The National Agency for Labor Occupation, local public institutions in charge with social assistance, social inclusion and the reintegration on the labor market of disadvantaged groups, but also by people from social economy entities.

Victor Nicolaescu, social economy expert and project manager at Asociația Catalactica, developed the abilities of social inclusion specialists, which in their turn will promote social economy to disadvantaged groups such as low income beneficiaries, Roma people, people with disabilities, young people over 18 that leave the child protection system. The expert presented the main concepts, definitions and principles which are the base of social economy, its European and national history, good practices models but also financing opportunities for the social economy sector.

Mr. Bogdan Braicu, Managing Director at the Organizația Umanitară Concordia and Ms. Luiza Cristea, project coordinator at Fundația PACT shared again their organization’s experience regarding social economy and how using it helps the reintegration of disadvantaged groups on the labor market. 

 

Strengthening the institutional capacity of Electoral Management Bodies (EMB’s) in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya

13.05.2013

The United Nations Development Programme in Romania in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Permanent Electoral Authority is organizing a Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections (BRIDGE) training addressed to Egyptian, Tunisian and Libyan electoral practitioners in Bucharest during the period 13-16 May 2013. The participants are high level representatives from the three countries’ Ministries of Foreign Affairs, national Electoral Management Bodies and Civil Society Organisations.

The project is fully financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through the Official Development Assistance (ODA) Programme of the Romanian Government and reflects Romania’s international development commitments and the bilateral relations developed with the countries in the region, in the spirit of sharing Romania’s experience in its transition to democracy.

The BRIDGE training will be followed by a working visit at the Romanian Permanent Electoral Authority on the topic of the Electronic Electoral Register, as Romania is among the first European countries to develop and implement such a system.

Romania is a growing development actor in the Middle East and North Africa region, with regional development assistance projects dating back to 2011. Around six months after the debut of the Arab Spring, the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UNDP Romania/GPECS, the UN Electoral Assistance Division and the Romanian Permanent Electoral Authority joined forces to be among the first actors to go beyond the level of political declaration of support and organized the first comprehensive electoral processes/transition to democracy training dedicated to Egypt and Tunisia.

More information about BRIDGE

The BRIDGE trainings are the world-wide best known professional development program in the field of democratic governance and electoral assistance. These trainings were created by five leading organizations in the area - United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the United Nations Electoral Assistance Division (UNEAD), International IDEA, the International Foundation of Electoral Systems (IFES), and the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC). The curriculum was developed by the world’s most renowned specialists in the field and aims both at developing the skills and increasing the knowledge of practitioners.

This training will focus on Out of Country Voting (OCV), a topic of mutual concern for both the donor and the recipient countries, where Romania is excellently equipped to share its experience and knowledge on the matter.

 

 

UNDP organizes the fifth social economy seminar from the Social Economy Model for Romania project

18.04.2013

Central and local authorities, NGOs and representatives from social economy entities attended the Social Economy – Profit for the People seminar in Bucharest on April, 17. The event was organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Romania within the Social Economy Model for Romania project, cofinanced through the European Social Fund – POSDRU.

The promotion of the project and its activities, promoting the concept of social economy, capacity building for the social inclusion specialists and establishing a dialogue with central and local authorities but also representatives from the social economy entities in Bucharest were the objectives of the fifth seminar of the project. The other events took place in Bacău, Târgoviște, Curtea de Argeș and Galați last year and in March.

The seminar was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Labor, Family, Social Protection and the Ministry of Economy, local public institutions in charge with social assistance, social inclusion and the reintegration on the labor market of disadvantaged groups, but also by people from social economy entities (NGOs, Unions)

Victor Nicolaescu, social economy expert, developed the abilities of social inclusion specialists, which in their turn will promote social economy to disadvantaged groups: guaranteed low income beneficiaries, Roma people, people with disabilities, young people over 18 that leave the child protection system. The expert presented the main concepts, definitions and principles which are the base of social economy, its European and national history, good practices models but also financing opportunities for the social economy sector.

Mr. Bogdan Braicu, Managing Director at the Organizația Umanitară Concordia, Ms. Luiza Cristea, project coordinator at Fundația PACT and Ms. Cristina Simionescu from Asociația ViitorPlus shared their organization’s experience regarding social economy and how using it helps the reintegration of disadvantaged groups on the labor market. The participants were interested in the subject, restating the necessity of such events for their day to day work.

The next and final seminar will be organized in Bucharest on May 21.

 

 

National Steering Committee Meeting on Energy Efficiency

12.04.2013

The National Steering Committee of the project “Improving the Energy Efficiency in Low-Income Households and Communities in Romania” met Wednesday, 10 April 2013, at MDRAP premises, in Bucharest.

UNDP Project Team, MDRAP management staff of the project and representatives of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, of the Association of Energy Auditors for Buildings and six local municipalities attended the meeting.

The objective of the meeting was the presentation of the project progress and annual work plan for 2013. The main upcoming activities concern:

- organizing eight training sessions for building professionals on energy efficiency measures and the use of sustainable materials;

- report on affordable and sustainable locally-available materials;

- developing the info-offices (Information Points) in Dolj and Hunedoara counties, for distributing information on solutions for improving energy efficiency, funding sources and locally-available materials;

- implementing the national media campaign.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP Romania), in partnership with the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration (MRDAP), the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MMSC), Association of Energy Auditors for Buildings (AAEC) and six local municipalities, all acting as Project National Steering Committee, is implementing the GEF-financed project “Improving the Energy Efficiency in Low-Income Households and Communities in Romania”.

 

Social economy seminar in Galați

28.03.2013

Local authorities, NGOs and representatives from social economy entities attended the Social Economy – Profit for the People seminar în Galați on March, 26. The event was organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Romania within the Social Economy Model for Romania project, cofinanced through the European Social Fund – POSDRU.

The promotion of the project and its activities, promoting the concept of social economy and establishing a dialogue with local authorities and representatives from the social economy entities in Galați were the objectives of the fourth seminar of the project. The other events took place in Bacău, Târgoviște and Curtea de Argeș, last year.

The seminar was attended by representatives of local institutions in charge with social assistance, social inclusion and the reintegration on the labor market of disadvantaged groups, but also by people from social economy entities.

Simona Stănescu, social economy expert, developed the abilities of social inclusion specialists, which in their turn will promote social economy to disadvantaged groups: guaranteed low income beneficiaries, Roma people, people with disabilities, young people over 18 that leave the child protection system.

Anna Cristina Burtea, executive director at the Inimă de Copil Foundation and Vasile Cristea, president of the Sporting Club Handicapped Persons Association in Galați shared their organization’s experience regarding social economy and how using it helps the reintegration of people with disabilities on the labor market. The participants were interested in the subject, restating the necessity of such events for their day to day work.

The next two seminars will be organized in Bucharest in April and May 2013.

 

National Conference – Public Policies for the Improving Financial Sustainability of the Protected Areas

27.03.2013

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with National Forest Administration - Romsilva and WWF, organized the National Conference ‘Public Policies for the Improving Financial Sustainability of the Protected Areas’. The conference has been organized within the framework of UNDP-GEF project ‘Improving the financial sustainability of the Carpathian system of protected areas’, held yesterday in Bucharest, Intercontinental Hotel.

The event brought together representatives of the national public authorities (Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, National Environmental Protection Agency, National Forest Administration - Romsilva), protected areas administrators, civil society organizations and mass-media.

The presentations of various experts and following open discussions focused on specific legal amendments necessary for removing the severe underfinancing of the protected areas.

The conclusions and recommendations of the study ‘An Assessment of the Contribution of Ecosystems in Protected Areas to Sector Growth and Human Well Being in Romania’ drafted by  UNDP-GEF experts revolved around the payment for ecosystem services (PES) and their potential of  bringing additional  much needed funds for  a better management of the protected areas.

 

Training seminar on building entrepreneurial skills in social economy organized in Bacau

25.03.2013

UNDP Romania in partnership with the Center for Institutional Analysis and Development (CADI - Eleutheria), Government of Romania – Department for Interethnic Relations (DRI) and Roma Civic Alliance for Romania (ACRR) organized in Bacau, between 20-22 March 2013, the regional social economy seminar focused on building entrepreneurial skills in social economy.

The three-day regional seminar was designed to provide basic theoretical concepts of social entrepreneurship and the role of public authorities in the development of social economy models for Roma communities. The targeted participants were social inclusion experts representing local authorities and civil society from the North-East Development Region of Romania. They were taught about the benefits and challenges of developing and implementing a social business plan and were familiarized with the growing role of social economy in the inclusion of Roma communities.

Following the seminar, 32 participants became Certified Professionals in social economy entrepreneurship, and were encouraged to help increase the level of social inclusion of Roma communities in the North-East region of Romania.

“Building entrepreneurial skills in social economy” is the third in a series of six seminars dedicated to strengthening the role of local authorities and civil society in developing social economy models for Roma communities, noting their diversity in terms of culture, social empowerment, education and income generation. The first two seminars took place in Cluj (October 2011) and Calarasi (November 2012). The following seminars will be held in Targu-Mures (May/June 2013), Drobeta Turnu Severin (July 2013) and Oradea (September 2013).

 

Closure of ODA pilot project implemented by the UNDP Romania, Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Romanian Diplomatic Institute

18.03.2013

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Romanian Diplomatic Institute, celebrated today the successful conclusion of a pilot training programme on diplomacy and international relations addressed to young diplomats from the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The two-week training was very well received by all participants and declared a great success. All the ten Afghan diplomats expressed their interest in continuing the bilateral cooperation and in organizing future editions of this programme. 

The project is part of the broader official development assistance programme of the Romanian Government, and was jointly designed and implemented by the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UNDP Romania and the Romanian Diplomatic Institute. The ten young Afghan diplomats had the opportunity to exchange views on current international affairs with their Romanian counterparts and with relevant Romanian and international experts and practitioners. The training included a series of working visits at the Romanian Presidential Administration, the Romanian Parliament and UNDP Romania. 

Based on the continuous and strong partnership between the Romanian MFA and UNDP, this project was financed through the Romanian ODA programme  and is proof of Romania's growing capacity to deliver quality development assistance projects.

The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has been an ODA partner state of the Romanian Government since 2007. This training reflects Romania's commitment to assist this country in its reconstruction and development process

 
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