Save the Date: Funding of bottom-up approaches

SAVE THE DATE: Funding of bottom-up approaches: Ways forward to support Roma inclusion

9 December 2021, 10-12 am

Please save the date for another insightful online conference organized by ERGO Network, discussing the importance of better funding for bottom-up approaches to Roma inclusion. The event is part of the project “New solutions to old problems – exchange of new type of approaches to Roma integration”, funded by Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation.

In the past 20 years, Roma communities across Europe have seen very few improvements to their living situation, even t  hough many public and private, international and national funding programmes were aimed at Roma inclusion and empowerment. One of the reasons for the lack of success of such funding programmes is the application of a top-down approach that does not consider the realities and voices of Roma at the grassroots level and comes with a heavy administrative burden.

All evaluations of the last EU Framework for National Roma Integration acknowledged that Roma communities need to be involved in project design, implementation and evaluation in order to bring about change. This now needs to be translated into better funding programmes and regulations of public and private donors, including using more national resources for smaller projects, a prioritization of bottom-up approaches and more support for Community-led local development (CLLD).

With this event, we aim to raise donors’ awareness of the importance to give more support to bottom-up approaches in order to finally improve the living situation of Roma communities on local level.


The event will serve to launch ERGO Network’s new Analysis of funding for bottom-up approaches to Roma inclusion, shedding light on the importance of bottom-up approaches and analysing funding targeted at Roma inclusion.  The main findings and recommendations aim to kick-start a debate with policy makers, donors and civil society on how to design more effective funding programmes that can lead to a real change for local Roma communities.


The conference will bring together EU policymakers from across the institutional spectrum, donors, ERGO members and civil society from the grassroots level as well as other relevant EU and national stakeholders.

More information about the agenda and registration will follow soon. For questions, please contact ERGO Network Policy Officer Carmen Tanasie (