Empowerment and Integration of Roma in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Project Description

Through lobbing and motivation activities the project provides conditions for Roma who dropped out of school to continue their elementary education and enroll in vocational training activities/high school programs, as well to participate in qualification courses of the National Employment Services. This way, the project increases the possibilities of the Roma women and men to accomplish the employment criteria and consequently increase the possibilities for their employment

Through the (self)-employment components, which promote the creation of the new Roma-owned small businesses or the expansion of existing ones, the project considerably influences on improving the economic and  social status of the Roma in the two target areas. For three and a half project years, it has been shown that large number of Roma has been empowered and motivated to continue its education and improve its socio-economic status (around 400 beneficiaries participated in business trainings and received a certificate, of which 170 were granted to run their own business or expand the existing one; nearly 150 beneficiaries have finished the primary school or some of the classes; around 100 beneficiaries have got the vocational course or high school diploma).

Project also advocated for and contributed to the greater understanding and sensitization of the government institutions, especially Ministries of Education, schools and National Employment Services, for the adult Roma problems related to education and employment. It further contributed to Roma non-government organizations to become recognized as one that intensively deal with these issues and to be included in the process of policy and decision-making on local and central level.One of the indirect results of the activities in education and (self-) employment, particularly through the improvement of the economic situation of Roma families, has shown to be the reduction of the exposure to trafficking, which is the issue of great importance among the Roma population.

Location

Sumadija district (Republic of Serbia) and Tuzla Canton (Bosnia and Herzegovina) 

Partner Organisations

Roma Informative Center (Serbia) and Association of Roma Euro Rom (Bosnia and Herzegovina) 

Donor

Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and CARE Norway

Duration

20 October 2009 – 28 February 2014

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