Romania: News from the “New solutions to old problems” project

Training on Local project implementation

Our partner from Romania, Nevo Parudimos Association started implementing locally the “Mutual saving cooperative” initiative – a good practice example adopted from Autonomia, Hungary. The aim of this initiative is to increase the financial education of disadvantaged communities in Resita city so that they can better manage their finances, become self-sustainable and cover their living costs.

On November 12 Nevo Parudimos organized a training under this project. Two financial experts presented to adults from disadvantaged communities in Reșița the principles on which the initiative works and the different ways to save money. The training brought together a total of 14 disadvantaged adults who will be grouped according to the community they belong to and start implementing the idea.

The objectives of the project are:

  • Develop the financial skills of the involved families
  • Consolidate the household budget of the involved families
  • Find solutions and tricks to lower the expenditures, increase the income
  • Set up community based ’bank’ – CAF method, self-financing group
  • Increase financial knowledge

As a first exercise to increase community spirit, the group from the disadvantaged neighborhood of Câlnic already had an initiative to cover a common need – the rehabilitation of the public fountain that serves the community with water for everyday use. In recent years the fountain has not been in optimal conditions of use, but now the beneficiaries created a fund where they contributed with money and sanitized the fountain.

“Bottom up funding for Roma – Models of intervention in the process of inclusion and empowerment of Roma” meeting in Romania

Nevo Parudimos Association, in partnership with the Sastipen Organization, organized on 24 November 2022 in Bucharest, the meeting “Bottom up funding for Roma – Models of intervention in the process of inclusion and empowerment of Roma”.

The purpose of the meeting was to increase the level of awareness of different interested factors regarding the importance of developing sustainable partnerships with Roma and pro-Roma NGOs in order to create programmatic documents and implement programs in the field of Roma inclusion based on the real needs of the local communities and on compliance with the 10 common basic principles regarding the inclusion of Roma.

The event was organized within the project “New solutions to old problems – exchange of new types of approaches in the field of Roma integration” financed by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation.

Romania: News from the “New solutions to old problems” project – ERGO Network

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