Support to Implementation National Action plans for Roma inclusion

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Aim of this project is to improve capacity of the Ministry for Human Right and Refugees in establishing and improving rerquired mechanism for implementation of National Action Plans for Roma population (in area of housing, employment, health care and education). At same time project will give support to Roma NGO-s through 8 small grants for broader outreach and information on issues Roma population is facing. One of most important goal of the project is to increase inclusion of the Roma population in the decision making process. This will be done through employment of 5 Roma coordinators (on on level of State, Ministry for Human right And Refugees and 4 Roma coordinators on regional level – region Tuzla, Banja Luka, Sarajevo and Zenica).

Other way for achieving this goal will be support to Roma representatives and increasing their capacity for participation in policy decision process. Implementing partner in this project is Roma organization Euro- Rom from Tuzla, but we intend to establish close cooperation with other Roma NGO-s, donors and government institutions at all levels. This Roma organization was selected at the beginning of the project design phase and actively participated and contributed to data collection, strategy development and selection of target region, activity identification and review of the proposal. The reason CARE has chosen “Euro - Rom” was its proven experience in capacity building of local Roma NGOs in the, target region and throughout BiH. Therefore they will have lead responsibility for the training and capacity building component of civil society organizations. Project will be implemented in BiH with a focus on four regions: Tuzla, Banja Luka, Zenica and Sarajevo. Those regions were selected because of high concentration of Roma settlements and potential to get support by the local authorities, as declared during the project design phase. 

Overall Objective of the project are: Fostering social integration of the Roma national minority in BiH and ensure the rights under the ratified Conventions and adopted legislation on national level are fully exercised. Specific Objective of the project are: Establishing an effective and inclusive mechanism for implementation and monitoring of the National Action Plans (NAP) in the fields of employment, housing and health through support, institutional strengthening and capacity-building of both governments and non-governmental actors

The total amount of the project is 555. 000 Euros, 500.000 Euros is grant of EU and 55.000 are CARE funds.

Location

BiH

Partner Organizations

Euro- Rom - Tuzla

Donor

European Union

Duration:

24 months (from 1 January 2010 – 31. December 2012)

Project activities

First phase of the project was gathering of project team (deployment of the project manager and project assistant). Immediately after this process has been finished, project team initiated establishing steering board of the project (with representatives of the Ministry, EU, CARE and EURO ROM – in future this board was expanded with state Roma coordinator). In this period Memorandum of Understanding was signed up with the Ministry as most important stakeholder. Within this MoU role and obligations has been defined. After finalization first phase of the project, we organized session of the strategic planning session (organized on Vlašić in June, 2011 with 25 representatives of government and partner in project, present), and use this opportunity not only to introduce project but to establish relationship with other government institutions (entities, cantons, municipalities). 

After this preparation steps, we started with forming Roma coordination network as was foreseen in project. That meant negotiation process about their settlement, publishing public call and distribution to Roma NGO.s and individuals, and purchasing needed equipment and furniture. This process has been slow down due complicated relations within institutions (it was difficult to solve some very basic issues such as telephone line etc.). After deployment of Roma coordinators, we started with designing their job descriptions and discussing about ways of communications within this network. Network, with all 5 coordinators was completed in July (state coordinator was deployed from May and other coordinator until July).

Since one of goal within project is increasing Roma inclusion in decision making process, we organized 4 referral meetings (June- July 2011). Goal of those meetings was to gather representatives of Roma NGO-s with aim of gathering inputs and recommendation for finalization of draft of the Methodology, a strategic document needed for implementation of the National Action Plans. This was chance for inclusion more than 70 Roma representatives in process of designing of such important strategy /document. Since capacity of the Roma NGOs in many cases is not sufficient for real and equal partnership with government, we organize first 3 training session for representatives of Roma NGOs. Aim of those training session was to increase their capacity in direct cooperation and communication with local government. More than 50 Roma NGO representatives were present.

Work with Roma organization it very sensitive and sometime difficult due their own situation, on-going conflict among themselves and governmental institutions. With that in mind project team had regular, daily and weekly communications and meeting with Roma NGOs. Very important process that we initiate was establishing operative teams in four regions (Tuzla, Sarajevo, Zenica and Banja Luka). This team will include at least 4 Roma representatives and 5-10 local governmental institutions. Aim of forming this operative team is to increase inclusion of Roma representatives in making decision process, since this “body” will be used as counseling body of the Ministry on local level and it will have important role in defining various strategies on local level. A part of that, we initiated process of implementation of the outreach campaign (public call and negotiation with selected organization) and process of distribution of the 8 small grants for Roma NGO-s. It was decided that those grants should be focus more on solving concrete problems ion local community with available funds.

Last important activities we initiated is distribution of the “small grants!” that will be  implemented by Roma NGO-s. Aim of those grants is solving concrete problems in local community. Total funds for 8 of these grants is 20 000 Euros. Local infrastructure, reconstruction of the local road, reparation of the streetlight system, reconstruction small premises for more than 20 families, ecology initiatives of cleaning Roma settlement, raising awareness about Roma children - street beggars, water supply for 4 families, will be concrete result of those small grants.

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