Promoting social inclusion of young people in marginalised rural communities

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Country/partner countries
Bulgaria, Romania, Macedonia

Project lead partner/organization and contact person (e-mail, links) project website
AMALIPE – Center for Interethnic Dialogue and Tolerance

Contact person: Maria Ivanova


Project information – start and end date (if available)
01/10/2011 – 30/09/2013

Summary (goals and purposes of the project)
Project Goal: to support Roma integration through employment opportunities & entrepreneurial development, mainly in rural areas.
Project objectives:
1. Demonstrating that the Land Foundation Integrated Model for Entrepreneurial Support can be expanded.
2. Continuing growing the current model to support future growth and integration.
3. Supporting communities & assisting local development.
4. Providing examples and information to help change prejudiced attitudes inside and outside of Roma communities.
5. Helping develop ways to improve local, regional and national policy to create a more favorable entrepreneurial environment for the Roma and other disadvantaged minorities.

Results of the project
• The support was provided and the engagement of all key sides in conducting of the project (including local Roma communities, local and national institutions).
• Mapping of the socio-educational structure of young Roma from Miladinovci and Kumanovo.
• Promoted project “Promotion of social inclusion of young people from marginalized rural Roma communities “.
• Realized cooperation with primary school “Braka Miladinovci”, informing and providing a meeting space with a larger group of young Roma.
• Established support center in the community as a framework for services in marginalized rural Roma communities.
• 157 questioners were filled out.
• 566 people were interviewed.
• Provided specter of services, such as trainings for promotion on the labour market, informing about employment, with emphasis on the young people.
• Organized events in the communities, discussions about various problems and needs.
• Distributed information in the target communities.
• The exchange of information with municipalities and institutions.

Who will benefit from this project (target group)
- Young people from marginalized Roma communities in rural areas
- Socially excluded families from marginalized Roma communities in rural areas
- Social workers, rural mayors, teachers and staff from other institutions working in rural areas
- Roma NGOs, community-based and informal activists who work in rural communities
- National authorities and officials from key national institutions

Sources of funding
Progress Programme of the EC Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion


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