Energy for development

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Country/partner countries

Project lead partner/organization and contact person (e-mail, links) project website
Open Society Institute - Sofia
56, Solunska St.
Sofia 1000
+359 2 930 66 52

Project information – start and end date (if available)
Start date: 01.2009.
End date: 01.2010.
Duration: 13 Months

Summary (goals and purposes of the project)
Combating discriminatory practices in provision of public services and adequate housing. Improve the living conditions of the Roma people in Stolipinovo. To provide conditions for legal access to electricity. Increase the skills of the Roma people in Stolipinovo to maintain their family budget. To asses of income status of the Roma community. To assess of access to electricity service and willingness to become individual electricity consumers. To develop pubic-private partnership for provision of regular electricity supply to the Roma community in Stolipinovo, Plovdiv.

Results of the project
100 households provided with individual electrometers,
100 houselholds provided with regular electricity grids,
3 Roma people employed by the EVN,
Increased collectivity of the electricity bills (from 3% to 93%),
Overcame attitudes towards Roma,
The electricity supply network in Stolipinovo has been remendously improved.

Who will benefit from this project (target group)
All beneficiaries: 40000
Roma beneficiaries: 40000
Roma participation:
Needs assessment
Decision making
Implementation - management

Sources of funding
Amount: 15.338,57 Euro