United Nations Development Programme
Romania
 
Project data

Project ID: 34922

Status: ongoing

Duration: Mar 2011 - Feb 2014

Management Arrangements: NIM with CO Support

Budget

Total: 1 411 302 USD

Portfolio

Socio-Economic

Geographic Focus

National

UNCF outcome

By end 2015, line ministries have enhanced capacity to implement innovative programmes for social inclusion, economic and political empowerment of vulnerable groups, and for deepening democratic practices with special emphasis on initiatives with the potential to be adapted to the needs of Romanian official development assistance priority countries.

Expected CP Outcome(s)

Capacity development for social inclusion, economic and political empowerment of vulnerable groups and for deepening democratic practice with special emphasis on initiatives with the potential to be adapted to the needs of Romanian ODA priority countries.

Social Economy – a solution for the development of Roma communities in Romania

Signed by the Management Authority in March 2011, the project provides support for the development of socio-economic interventions within Roma communities and promotes social economy as a social inclusion tool for a group as vulnerable to the insertion on the labor market as that of the Roma. The project is based on the experience that social economy can create both private and social structures for communities that strengthen solidarity and sustainable development while offering labour market flexibility. The project promotes social economy as an instrument for integrated development through the development of a situation analysis report, a guideline on good practices and a compendium of good practices; assistance for the development of social enterprises within Roma communities; networking and coordination with other programs. The UNDP project helps advance key issues regarding social economy and Roma communities, inter-alia sustainability and how to create a network of professionals that will further develop the concept among Roma groups, social inclusion and equal opportunities as relates especially to Roma women, but also to Roma young people, local and national ownership. Ongoing work of the project team includes advocacy efforts for the development of social economy models and promotion of the need for coordination between donors, service providers, and other key stakeholders in order to limit overlaps between interventions, and to best use the availability of funds.

Project Background

The project is implemented by UNDP in collaboration with the Government of Romania – Department for Interethnic Relations  , the Center for Institutional Analysis and Development (CADI Eleutheria) , and the Roma Civic Alliance of Romania .

The three year project has a total budget of approx. 1.4 million USD and is financed from the European Social Fund (ESF), through the Sectoral Operational Programme Development of Human Resources 2007-2013, in line with UNDP's Country Program for Romania for 2010-2012 . UNDP supports national partners’ capacity to implement the project by ensuring adequate management for results, best value for money, fairness, integrity, transparency and effective international cooperation.

Project description in EN and RO

Project Objectives

The overall objective of the project is the empowerment of disadvantaged Roma communities by applying social economy practices and by promoting social economy as an instrument for integrated development. The project presents policy analysis of the social economy practices for the enhancement of Roma inclusion in line with Romania’s European and international commitments in this regard. The project also provides direct assistance to the establishment of social enterprises and promotes social economy practices among selected Roma communities and the Romanian public. 

 

Expected Output & Planned Activities


  • One situation analysis report, providing an overview of the emergence and evolution of the social enterprise in Romania with special focus on Roma communities, civil society involvement in developing social economy models for Roma communities, and recommendations for future actions;

  • One compendium of business ideas in the context of social economy (models for social enterprises), comprising business ideas pertaining to social economy that can be applied within Roma communities in Romania;

  • One Guide on good practices in social enterprises, containing guidelines for setting up social enterprises;

  • 3 forums, 6 seminars, 1 closing conference - on SE practices within Roma communities in Romania;

  • 2 social enterprises.  



Planned Activities



1. Identification and development of social economy initiatives within Roma communities



1.1. Formulating recommendations for the improvements of public policies related to Roma communities



Situation Analysis Report - “Social Economy and Roma communities – challenges and opportunities”



In compliance with the project documents, the proposed situation analysis of the socio-economic and legal environment is initiated by UNDP and its project partners to map the situation of social enterprises within Roma communities in Romania and to identify the key challenges and opportunities for implementing social economy models.



The analysis provides information on social economy models in Romania, on the development strategies employed by the governmental institutions and civil society organizations in order to increase the level of socio-economic inclusion of Roma communities from Romania, legal barriers and opportunities to advance social economy models, lessons learnt and recommendations.



Data collection and related assessments are carried out within the project target area, addressing specific questions on the relevance of social economy models for the target group, the effectiveness and efficiency of such interventions and the role of partnership for the development of social economy within Roma communities. Concepte note - Situation Analysis Report in EN and RO



Social Economy and Roma communities – challenges and opportunities in EN and RO



 



1.2. Development of guidelines for good practices



 Guidelines for good practices on setting-up social enterprises for Roma communities



The core principle of the guidelines is to make available information about how to plan social enterprises within Roma communities in the Romanian  legislative, social and economic context. Specifically the guidelines addresses the followings: How can you tell if your group is ready to embark on a social enterprise?; What are the steps in a social enterprise planning process?; How do you identify and assess enterprise opportunities?; How do you plan for a social enterprise?; How can you measure social returns in a business setting?; What do you need to know about the legal context?



The guide targets primarily, but not exclusively, project managers, executive directors, board members, and staff of a wide range of organizations that are starting to develop or think about creating a new enterprise or expanding/formalizing their existing revenue-generating programs.



Guidelines for good practices on setting-up social enterprises for Roma communities in EN and RO



 



2. Identification of optimal solutions for social interventions within Roma communities



2.1. Identification of business ideas applicable to social economy structures among target group



Within this activity, a comprehensive compendium of business ideas will be elaborated containing social interventions that might be developed in Roma communities. The document relies on the identification of success factors of the proposed business ideas and will provide practical details in support of the development of the social enterprises. The proposed ideas will be evaluated taking into account specific technical criteria, such as development potential, the social impact, the innovative character, the sustainability of these approaches.



2.2. Development of two social economy enterprises 



Two social enterprises will be developed within the framework of this project. Technical assistance and capacity building will be provided for 80 members of Roma communities, out of which 40 women.



3. Promotion of social economy



3.1. Social economy promotion campaign: seminars, press conferences, forums, mass media campaign



Events 2012



Forum on social economy and Roma communities: Taking social economy for Roma to the market



The Government of Romania – Department for Interethnic Relations (DRI), the Center for Institutional Analysis and Development (CADI) and the Roma Civic Alliance for Romania (ACRR) with support from UNDP Romania organized in Bucharest, on April 11th, 2012, the forum “Taking social economy for Roma to the market”. The event took place within the framework of the project “Social Economy – a solution for the development of Roma communities in Romania”, POSDRU/69/6.1/S/34922.



The forum offered practitioners, community leaders, policy makers and the business community the opportunity to have open discussions on the state of social economy for socially disadvantaged groups from Romania (especially the Roma) and the measures needed to pave the way towards future prosperity.



Aiming to address the relevance of social economy for the improvement of the socio-economic status of Roma communities from Romania, the agenda included two plenary sessions that addressed topics such as market partners of social enterprises, the relationship between social capital and community development, pricing policies and the replicability of good business ideas. Over 100 participants interacted and shared experiences on developing the market chain for social products and social services, as well as on developing social franchises and a social stock exchange.



Forum report in EN and RO



2012 planned events:



21 July 2012 - Forum on Social economy and Roma communities – entrepreneurship and local development in Tulcea



18 September 2012 - Forum on social economy and Roma communities “Social Investment, Social Profit” in Timisoara



19 - 21 November 2012 - Training seminar - Entrepreneurial skills in social economy in Calarasi



Events 2011



Seminar on Rethinking socio-economic policies addressing Roma communities in Romania in Cluj-Napoca



The Government of Romania – Department for Interethnic Relations (DRI), the Center for Institutional Analysis and Development (CADI) and Roma Civic Alliance for Romania (ACRR) with support from UNDP Romania held in Cluj-Napoca, on the 26/27 October 2011, at the Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities, the regional seminar on “Rethinking socio-economic policies addressing Roma communities in Romania”. Over 40 participants, including actors and promoters of social economy, civil society organizations, community leaders, researchers, donorsand government officials attended the seminar.



The discussions focused on social economy models for Roma communities in Romania, the success factors in developing social economy models and challenges encountered in the implementation of social initiatives. The llong process for a well-developed legislative and administrative infrastructure to support sustainable socio-economic development were also discussed, and the need for a permanent dialogue between local and national authorities, private sector, civil society and affected communities, clearly emerged from the discussion.



“Rethinking socio-economic policies addressing Roma communities in Romania” is the first in a series of six seminars dedicated to strengthening the role of local authorities and civil society in developing socio-economic models for Roma communities, noting their diversity in terms of culture, social empowerment, education and income generation. Starting with 2011, UNDP Romania implements the ESF project “Social Economy – a solution for the development of Roma communities in Romania”. The project contributes to the national dialogue addressing poverty reduction among Roma communities in Romania. By involving a wide range of stakeholders, the project supports Romania’s development regions in defining their individual contexts for sustainable development approaches on the social inclusion of Roma.” – said Ms. Oruc, UNDP Resident Representative in Romania.



Seminar report in EN and RO



3.2. Closing conference



In order to present the main results and the recommendations for further development of the social economy within Roma communities, the project partners will organize an event at the end of 2013. Representatives of national and local authorities, civil society and private sector will be invited to brief the audience on their specific roles for the development of social economy and UNDP will brief the audience on the lessons learnt that require further attention.



4. Project management 



Monthly project reports



2011 – September [EN]



2011 – October [EN]



2011 – November [EN]



2011 – December [EN]



2012 – January [EN]



2012 - February [EN]



2012- March [EN]



2012 - April & May [EN]



 

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Contact info

Project team

Ms. Catalina Serban - Project Coordinator

Ms. Alina Marchis - Project Assistant

Ms. Mihaela Timaru - PR & Communication

Project address

United Nations House, 48A Primaverii Blvd, 011975, Bucharest, Romania
+40212017886

Implementation Agency / Main Partner

Center for Institutional Analysis and Development – CADI Eleutheria

UNDP Programme Supervision

Ms. Monica Moldovan - Head of Programme Unit

Mr. Silviu Sandulache - Programme Assistant

Project Manager

Mr. Bogdan Lazarescu - CADI Eleutheria

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