• ERSTE Foundation Roma Partnership
    Romano ButiQ Association
  • ERSTE Foundation Roma Partnership
    Profilantrop Association
  • ERSTE Foundation Roma Partnership
    BAGazs Association
  • ERSTE Foundation Roma Partnership
    Romani Design
  • ERSTE Foundation Roma Partnership
    Odorheiu Secuiesc Community Foundation
  • ERSTE Foundation Roma Partnership
    eematico ikedoo
  • ERSTE Foundation Roma Partnership
    Pro-Cserehát Association
  • ERSTE Foundation Roma Partnership
    Community Aid Network
  • ERSTE Foundation Roma Partnership
    Foundation for Social Assistance and Youth
  • ERSTE Foundation Roma Partnership
    Caritas Satu Mare
  • ERSTE Foundation Roma Partnership
    Education PRO-SPECT
  • ERSTE Foundation Roma Partnership
    Transitions
  • ERSTE Foundation Roma Partnership
    Association For A Better Life
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ERSTE Foundation Roma Partnership

The ERSTE Foundation Roma Partnership is an informal alliance of committed organisations that aim to sustainably improve the lives of Roma people in Central and South Eastern Europe. The platform was created out of a common concern and interest: to support the development of social entrepreneurship, income generation activities and educational programmes for job creation opportunities at community level, while enabling and reinforcing long-term collaboration between Roma and non-Roma.


“I would say that the treatment of Roma persons in the everyday life might serve as a sort of ‘barometer’ measuring the state of democracy and the transition to democracy in a variety of countries.” Nicolae Gheorghe, Roma activist

Context

Roma are Europe’s largest ethnic minority. Of an estimated 10-12 million in the whole of Europe, most of them live in the European Union, being citizens with full EU rights. Despite the efforts of the EU and other international and European organisations during the last 10 years, the life of millions of Roma in communities of Central and South-Eastern Europe not only continues to be dismal, but is rapidly deteriorating. The social and economic gaps between Roma and non-Roma have become wider, which far-right extremist movements, xenophobic groups and populist politicians play up to their advantage.

An effective approach to start changing this bleak situation is bottom up support: by creating means to satisfy basic human needs, by increasing chances for proper education, and, further, by generating jobs for the Roma and non-Roma alike. This could happen only by having a comprehensive understanding of the complexities of societal issues affecting the Roma and by involving all the stakeholders in the development.

Impact

The ERSTE Foundation Roma Partnership focuses on opportunities for developing livelihoods to create jobs and generate incomes from community initiatives that could become more sustainable than top-down measures. In order to achieve the desired impact and to be sustainable, we are trying to link Roma with non-Roma population groups. The ERSTE Foundation Roma Partnership is not intended to provide full resources as such, but rather catalytic inputs and access to other push-pull intervention mechanisms, including micro-finance groups, institutional investments and bank lending or expert consultancy on business development.

Facts

Thirteen organisations from four countries (Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Slovak Republic) are members of the ERSTE Foundation Roma Partnership, which is an empowering platform that emphasizes collaboration and synergy, with partners actively sharing know-how and valuable experiences.

To ensure envisioned project outcomes and impact in local communities, support is designed as a developmental approach, where modular inputs are provided in accordance with customized strategic plans. These inputs include: catalytic funding, entrepreneurial motivation and mentoring, business strategizing and consultancy, and technical expertise in product design, production and marketing.

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Partners

Association For A Better Life

Youth Empowerment Participation – Slovak Republic.more

Association For A Better Life


Youth Empowerment Participation – Slovak Republic. Association For A Better Life is active in the region of Kecerovce-Olsava with different initiatives that aim at the development of rural communities. Young Roma and non-Roma are encouraged to develop their artistic talent for painting, and to acquire new skills to work with stone, and thus increase their chances of employability. Youth across five communities in the region is thus empowered, while small income generation initiatives are stimulated to develop into social enterprises. Association For A Better Life is based in Kecerovce, Slovak Republic. www.facebook.com/YEPP-kecerovce


BAGazs Association

Agricultural Training – Hungary. more

BAGazs Association


Agricultural Training – Hungary. BAGazs Association is developing bio-gardens and farms for the Roma settlements in Bag village, Hungary. The trainings in agricultural methods and the support with setting up a pig farm will help these communities in their way towards autonomy. The organisation aims to solve one of the most acute problems in the Roma community – the lack of basic foodstuffs, in order to create opportunities for savings and income generation. BAGazs Association is located in Bag, Hungary. www.bagazs.org


Caritas Satu Mare

Career Development – Romania.more

Caritas Satu Mare


Career Development – Romania. Caritas Satu Mare organises career development activities for young Roma in the remote village of Ardud, in order to prepare them for their professional life and to bring them closer to job opportunities: career orientation, life skills training, visits at institutions offering further education, as well as visits at various potential working places in the area are just some of these activities. The organisation aims at solving the lack of knowledge about the labour market and self-marketing competencies associated with low employability in disadvantaged communities. Caritas Satu Mare is located in Satu Mare, Romania. http://www.caritas-satumare.ro/


Community Aid Network

Multimedia for Livelihoods – Romania. more

Community Aid Network


Multimedia for Livelihoods – Romania. Community Aid Network (CAN) strongly believes in the role and potential of Roma youth being involved in the change and development of their local communities. Together with FAST Romania, CAN has set up a modern educational centre where Roma and non-Roma young adults learn together and acquire new technical and media skills, aiming to bridge the gap of development opportunities for disadvantaged communities, and to increase their employment chances at a later stage. CAN is located in Sacele – Brasov, Romania. www.canbv.ro


eematico

Experiential Education – Romania. more

eematico


Experiential Education – Romania. eematico ikedoo has set up a Mobile Lab that brings educational tinkering programs in Roma and non-Roma underprivileged communities. The Lab aims to create awareness for the experiential learning process and to provide a map of all available professions for tomorrow’s adults. Thus, children from schools in the disadvantaged communities in Romania will have the chance to discover and use tools specific to the over 1000 professions displayed in the Lab. On the long run, the initiative will contribute to solve the lack of knowledge associated with low employability level in disadvantaged communities. eematico ikedoo is located in Bucharest, Romania. https://www.facebook.com/eematico


Foundation for Social Assistance and Youth

Vocational Training Centre – Romania.more

Foundation for Social Assistance and Youth


Vocational Training Centre – Romania. Planned to open in 2016, Windows to the Future is envisaged to become an exemplary vocational training centre aiming to equip 350 disadvantaged children and youth in Sacele area with skills and confidence for a successful career. The project is also geared towards encouraging individual economic enterprises within the Roma communities in the area. The center will have 7 main areas with the following training facilities: catering and house-keeping, car repairs and tire service, plumbing and electrical wiring, carpentry, hair dressing, repair of equipment for the disabled, study room. FAST is located in Sacele – Brasov, Romania. http://www.fastromania.eu/


“I Don’t Give Up” Association

Livestock, Organic Agriculture, Energy Efficiency –  Hungary

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“I Don’t Give Up” Association


Livestock, Organic Agriculture, Energy Efficiency –  Hungary



The “I Don’t Give Up” Association organises income-generating activities for low-income households and reduces food expenses of the families in Kázsmárk. The Association’s project creates a self-sustainable livestock production, helps families to start their own garden-cultivating and organises two organic community-gardens. The aim of the programme is to increase the participating households’ revenue and to reduce their expenditure, along with organising local rural development. The programme focuses on creating jobs at the local level, empowering and supporting low-income families and strengthening local social activity to further Roma traditions and culture.


http://kozossegek.atalakulo.hu/nem-adom-fel-kazsmark-egyesulet


 


Media Voice

Media Workshops – Czech Republic. more

Media Voice


Media Workshops – Czech Republic. Initiated by Vera Lackova, a Roma journalist, the media workshops are targeting youth in disadvantaged communities in order to prepare them for employment in the field of video-making. Media Voice is also developing as a start-up producing high quality videos about the Roma who live in the region. Media Voice is located in Brno, Czech Republic.


Odorheiu Secuiesc Community Foundation

Women Empowering – Romania.more

Odorheiu Secuiesc Community Foundation


Women Empowering – Romania. The organisation focuses on empowering Roma women from Sâncrăieni village, in order to help them develop business ideas and plans as a group, so that in future they will be able to generate income and support their families and children. The initiative aims at preparing Roma women for a full and responsible social and economic life, both in their communities and in their families. Odorheiu Secuiesc Community Foundation is located in Odorheiu Secuiesc, Romania. http://szka.org/?lang=en


Profilantrop Association

Sustainable Energy – Hungary. more

Profilantrop Association


Sustainable Energy – Hungary. ProFilantrop is developing simple and appropiate technology solutions, which can help improve the quality of life, especially for low-income families. One example of such solutions is represented by the biomass briquettes. Firewood is scarce and expensive, so, to keep warm during winter, people from disadvantaged communities often burn items with harmful emissions. An expert in industrial ecology, Nora Feldmar came up with an ingenious approach to prevent this: she adapted the biomass briquettes, an efficient heating fuel that can be made out of agricultural waste. Her further plans of development include new technology for cooking stoves and irrigation systems. ProFilantrop is located in Budapest, Hungary.


Pro-Cserehát Association

Bio-Gardens – Hungary. more

Pro-Cserehát Association


Bio-Gardens – Hungary. Through its ProRatatouille programme, Pro-Cserehát Association is developing bio-gardens and is organising trainings about gardening for inhabitants of remote villages and disadvantaged regions in Eastern Hungary. The organization is trying to solve the acute problem of, firstly, lack of basic food stock and, secondly, lack of agricultural knowledge (how-to), in order to increase savings and incomes in communities. The generated income had an immediate result in the decrease of the so-called ‘shark-loans’ and of the demands from the state emergency social funds, which used to be people’s main source of cash in times of need. Pro-Cserehát Association is located in Budapest, Hungary. www.bffd.hu


Romani Design

Fashion – Hungary.more

Romani Design


Fashion – Hungary. Romani Design is a fashion label that reinterprets traditional Romani motifs with a modern “twist” for women who like unique brands and socially responsible products. Inspired by the rich cultural heritage of Roma traditional clothing, Romani Design builds bridges among cultures using fashion as a means to fight stereotypes. The bigger aim is to create a dialogue between Roma and non-Roma population and jobs for Roma women. Romani Design is mainstreaming Roma culture, thus struggling to decrease the chasm that has separated Roma and non-Roma. Romani Design is located in Budapest, Hungary. www.romanidesign.hu


Romano ButiQ Association

Social Entrepreneurship – Romania. more

Romano ButiQ Association


Social Entrepreneurship – Romania. Romano ButiQ Association brings together Roma craftsmen, designers, activists and business experts in order to preserve the Roma cultural heritage, create new jobs in Roma communities and bring to the market new quality products handcrafted by Roma craftsmen under the brand Meşteshukar ButiQ. Romano ButiQ is located in Bucharest, Romania. www.mbq.ro/ro


Transitions

Media Trainings – Czech Republic, Slovak Repbulic, Hungary, Romania. more

Transitions


Media Trainings – Czech Republic, Slovak Repbulic, Hungary, Romania. Transitions organisation is developing the skills of talented young Roma journalists by providing trainings on how to create high quality video materials (that reflect Roma life). The aim of the initiative is to bridge the gap between Roma and non-Roma in relation to opportunities for continuous educational and career development, in order to increase their chances for employment. Transitions is located in Prague, Czech Republic. www.tol.org