Project Market “New solutions to old problems”

Project Market – “New solutions to old problems – exchange of new type of approaches in the field of Roma integration”

On 21-22 April 2021 the partners in the project “New solutions to old problems – exchange of new type of approaches in the field of Roma integration” gathered online for the “Project Market”, where they shared their best practices of Roma inclusion and empowerment projects and “bid” on each other’s projects to implement similar initiatives in their own communities.

The event showed the great wealth of experience of Roma civil society and the impact that bottom-up approaches to Roma inclusion, empowerment and fighting antigypsyism can have.

For the event, all partners had to identify up to 3 local good practices from their own or their partners’ work on Roma inclusion and empowerment. These good practices were presented in the ‘Project Market’ to other consortium partners so everyone could select someone else’s good practice that fits to their own community needs.

Projects that were ”won” at the ”auction” will need to be adapted to different contexts, planned in detail with the community and will then be kicked off. The ‘project owner’ who proposed this project will act as a coach during the entire period. The good practices will include for example supporting companies to recruit Roma employees, a mothers’ center, a volunteering program with elderly homes and a motivational re-training project for unemployed Roma. All partners are rooted in local Roma communities so they can easily reach out to and involve their target group.

The meetings also gathered guests from numerous International Organisations, embassies and and partner civil society organisations, among them the EEA and Norway Grants, EU Justice and Consumers, the Embassy of Norway, Tom Lantos Institute, ERSTE Foundation, Zentralrat Deutscher Sinti und Roma, Hildegard Lagrenne Stiftung.

“New solutions to old problems – exchange of new type of approaches in the field of Roma integration” is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation.

Project Market: New solutions to old Problems

Project Market – 21 and 22 April
In recent months, Roma and pro-Roma organizations in 10 countries have recommended good practices to each other. On 21 and 22 April, we will present 23 of these at an online project exchange. After this “project market”, every organisation will select and adapt at least one idea during the next year and a half, supporting each other on the way.
“New solutions to old problems – exchange of new type of approaches in the field of Roma integration” is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway GrantsFund for Regional Cooperation.

Transparency criteria now available in Bulgarian, Romanian, Lithuanian

Transparency criteria now available in Bulgarian, Romanian, Lithuanian

ERGO Network’s transparency and accountability criteria give recommendations on how grassroots civil society organisations should be governed and managed in order to be reliable and accountable. Fulfilling the criteria will bring attention to an organisation’s quality work. The set of criteria focuses on governance, financial management and performance.

The criteria were developed in 2018 by ERGO Network members from the EU, Turkey and Western Balkans. Besides the criteria as such, the consortium developed a board game that helps civil society organisations to reflect on the criteria inside their own organisations and supports them in improving their internal policies and procedures.

After the success of this project, the criteria and the game were now translated into three additional languages – Lithuanian, Bulgarian and Romanian. They are available online and in print from our member organisations Roma Community Centre (Lithuania), Nevo Parudimos (Romania) and Integro Association (Bulgaria).

The translations have been produced in the framework of the project “New solutions to old problems – exchange of new type of approaches in the field of Roma integration” funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation. They are furthermore part of ERGO Network’s Annual Work Programme “Roma Included in Social Europe”, funded by the European Commission’s EaSI Programme.

Please visit www.ergonetwork.org/transparency  to download the criteria and the game in all languages.

NSOP Training on Presentation and Communication Skills

NSOP Training on Presentation and Communication Skills

From 24-26 November 2020 the Regional Roma Education Youth Association (RROMA) held an online training on “Presentation and communication skills” in the framework of the project “New solutions to old problems – exchange of new approaches in the field of Roma integration” funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and the Norwegian Regional Cooperation Grants Fund.

The workshop was attended by about 30 participants from all 11 partner organizations from Romania, Northern Macedonia, Lithuania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Albania, Slovakia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Turkey, Ukraine, Belgium and the Czech Republic.

The first day of the workshop focused on presentation skills, where we gained many new tips and tricks on how to best promote our work for Roma inclusion and the fight against anti-Gypsy, with our expert Dimitrij Mihajlovski.

The second day, November 25, was a day for communication and presentation skills training. With the help of the journalist Sunai Sabrioski participants have a chance to improve their communication skills – returning to the basics and understanding the key elements, understanding the importance maintaining an effective article / speech / exercise.

On the third day a meeting was held between the partner organizations where they exchanged views on how to use the previously acquired communication and presentation skills, as well as on the future plans provided by each partner organization for the realization of the project.

Launch meeting: New solutions to old problems

Launch meeting: New solutions to old problems – exchange of new type of approaches in the field of Roma integration 

On 17-18 September 2020, the project team gathered online for the launch meeting of the project New solutions to old problems – exchange of new type of approaches in the field of Roma integration.

The objectives of the meeting were:

  • To learn more about the expectations and roles of partners
  • To introduce the Project Market and prepare for the selection of good practices
  • To discuss capacity-building needs of the partners to support developing the training and coaching activities
  • To introduce the common advocacy objectives of the project and start reflecting about national advocacy for better bottom-up funding
  • To get to know the EEA/Norway grants and its expectations towards our project
  • To publicly launch the project

The meeting started with a short recap of the aim of the project and the different work packages and continued with presenting the roles and expectations of partners, an introduction of the EEA/Norway grants & Fund Operator and their expectations towards our project.

We also had an introduction of the Project Market and Peer to Peer partnerships and of good practices in general (What makes a good practice? What are our criteria? What do the partners already have in mind?)

The first day of the launching meeting also targeted the capacity-building side of the project, so we had an introduction to the work package – communication & presentation training, learning academies, individual coaching, transparency criteria, project management toolkit.

On Friday 18th September we met to discuss the advocacy work package  – funding research, national advocacy meetings, European meetings.

Also, we shared national funding situations and related national advocacy objectives and partners ( what are we working on already, who are our national partners, what are our aims?)

We also had an introduction to communication work package – project website, information sessions, social media campaigns, story-telling, project video, crowdfunding. In this session we discussed the communication requirements for partners and brainstorming on ideas to promote the project.

We also tackled the risk management: What can go wrong in the project and how can we deal with possible challenges.

The  launching meeting ended with a short evaluation and suggestions for improving future meetings.

The project “New solutions to old problems – exchange of new type of approaches in the field of Roma integration” is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation.