United Nations Development Programme
Project data

Project ID: 33490

Status: ongoing

Duration: Mar 2011 - Feb 2014

Management Arrangements: NIM with CO Support


Total: 1 USD



UNDAF 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.

A Social Economy Model for Romania

Theme and main objectives

The programme aims to launch the Social Economy (SE) concept in Romania and develop an initial framework of expertise in SE. This task will be approached through 3 objectives:
- Accumulating SE expertise by conducting analyses of the social and economic context for SE in Romania and setting up institutions specialised in SE;
- Training human resources in SE and developing a postgraduate curriculum in SE practices; and
- Promoting the SE concept and its benefits, stressing its potential to facilitate the social inclusion and the employment of vulnerable groups.
The funds will be invested towards the development of Romania’s SE capacity which will benefit the Romanian society as a whole in the long run. In particular, the direct beneficiaries are the targeted vulnerable groups, the personnel who will attend the training sessions, and the partner institutions who will develop their academic and research capacities.


The project therefore addresses the lack of an integrated system of assisting groups who would be disadvantaged on the labour market. Awareness of the SE concept is currently just incipient, as it has only been vectored by some NGOs. Also, in conjunction with the Corporate Social Responsibility project, the launching of a SE model for Romania, aims to counteract the suspicious attitude that private actors from the profit sector have towards social institutions, which are seen as inefficient and lacking transparency.

The project is complementary to various policies enacted in official strategy documents such as: •the National Development Plan, 2007-2013, •the National Strategy for employment promotion, 2004 – 2010, •the National Strategy for social security and social inclusion of those disabled, 2006- 2013, and others.

Also, the project draws on the preceding experience of the EQUAL initiative organised in Poland in 2004-2008.


Main activities

Analysing the context for SE introduction in Romania

A team of experts will centralise requirements and recommendations on the practicability of SE practices to the Romanian concept within an initial report entitled Opening report on SE.

Further on, this will be reshaped into a Report of recommendations on SE which will contain final recommendations on how to improve the conduciveness of the Romanian context to SE practices. It will seek to analyse:

¨   the legal framework (with suggestions to be passed on to the Parliament and Government);

¨   the financial framework (underscoring the possibility of funding from the banks sector and from various European funds);

¨   the institutional framework(centred on the cooperation between NGO-s and local authorities);and

¨   the social framework (mainly regarding the recruitment of volunteers and sponsors).

Developing  specific SE structures and instruments

A team of experts will be selected for the establishment of a Social Economy Laboratory, which will hold the role of a think tank in promoting and improving SE structure at a national level.

The Laboratory team will draft 4 guides on introducing SE structures for 3 vulnerable Romanian groups. Each guide will describe: ¨the current situation of the group; ¨ other countries’ experience in addressing the situation of the group through SE practices; and ¨ specific models of social enterprises targeting the group.

The laboratory will establish 3 incubators of social enterprises at national level, incubators which will apply the recommendations of the guides.

A team of experts will be selected for the establishment of a Centre of Resources in Social Economy, which will specialise in assisting with the setup and management of social enterprises. It will do so by applying the expertise accumulated through field visits and studies, on the basis of which the Centre will issue a Social Economy Magazine, and will acquire a trans-national approach focused on creating partnerships between the profit and non-profit sectors.

Training human resources in SE practices

A session of training trainers in SE will be formed on the basis of a curriculum specializing in: ¨general information on SE, ¨ cooperation and sustainable development, ¨ social inclusion strategies for the targeted vulnerable groups, and ¨ project design and management.

A training session will be organised for members of staff of local authorities aiming to promote active measures of counteracting the social exclusion of the targeted vulnerable groups.

A postgraduate syllabus on SE will be drafted with the aim of creating a context for SE experts to train and develop.

A summer school will be organised with the aim of promoting the SE concept and practices among specialists interested in the field, social workers, volunteers, etc.

Promoting SE practices

3 national forums and 6 seminaries on SE practices will be organised with the aim of promoting the project and the logistic and human resources generated by it as an important source of expertise for an economic development based on flexibility, sustainability and social inclusion.

A dedicated website and a Guide of Good Practices in SE will centralise and further make available the experience of the project for future independent use.

A media campaign will promote SE and social inclusion practices via various channels.


Press Releases


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Contact info

Implementation Agency / Main Partner

The Alternative Sociale (Social Alternatives) Association

UNDP Programme Supervision

Mircea Mocanu

Contact Person in UNDP [Programme Associate]

Silviu Sandulache

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