13 September 2017

ROMACTED PROGRAMME - Deadline 1st October 2017

The Council of Europe has launched a selection process to identify CSOs that will be involved in direct implementation of the ROMACTED project at the local level. The Call for Proposals-Grant for Support Organisations in the framework of the ROMACTED Programme has been published and application information can be found on the following link:  http://www.coe.int/en/web/portal/conferences#{"28461893":[0]}  

 The ROMACTED, “Promoting good governance and Roma empowerment at local level”, is a Joint Programme between the European Union (DG NEAR) and the Council of Europe. The 36 months programme, which started in May 2017 , will be implemented by the Council of Europe’s Support Team of the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Roma issues in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, Serbia, “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” and Turkey.

The aims of the programme are to:

(1) build up political will and sustained policy engagement of local authorities to enhance democratic local governance and to build up capacity and stimulate the empowerment of local Roma communities to contribute to the design, implementation and monitoring of plans and projects concerning them;(2) empower the Roma community - on the individual level (assisting people to practice their basic rights and to expand their capacity and skills), as well as on the community level (assisting people to get organised to voice their interests around community problem-solving);

(3) improve and expand the institutions' commitment, capacities, knowledge and skills in working for Roma inclusion, putting into practice the concepts of good governance.

The specificity of the actions would be to assist the local authorities to integrate Roma specific dimension/measures into the mainstream local policies, budgets and public service delivery on their agenda, while enhancing the participation of the Roma citizens in the design, implementation and monitoring of those policies and projects. As a result of the implementation of the programme, it is expected that the participating municipalities remain with consolidated features to continue serving the needs of the Roma population such as sustainable local action plans and one-stop-shops that facilitate the access of Roma to the public services.

The target groups of the project are local public administrations (the elected representatives and relevant officials) and the Roma communities from the selected municipalities. They are also the first short-term beneficiary groups of the project. Overall, the project will target 50 municipalities. The mid- to long-term beneficiaries are the Roma population and the population of the municipality in general.