Inclusion of Roma living in Rural Areas: the vision of LAGs and local NGOs

This research sets out to address an analysis of social infrastructure measures, especially for the Roma minority, which the Romanian LAGs have integrated in their Local Development Strategies, as well as the vision of rural NGOs active in the field social, regarding to the access to non-reimbursable funds and the development needs.

The LAGs consider important to support NGOs to carry out activities for disadvantaged groups and to increase the capacity of Roma NGOs to write funding applications and to apply for grants. Moreover, the LAGs consider necessary to propose projects to develop the infrastructure and to support the NGOs through small grants programs.

The LAGs also have suggestions related to the future PNDR-POCU programs, the most relevant are related to bureaucracy reduction and the number of documents that accompany the applications for funding, the complementary of the LAG programs through the multi fund management, the configuration of the integrated PNDR + POCU in order to benefit from POCU funding.

The research, in Romanian, can be found here.

The study is part of the project “Assessing engagement and tapping into the potential of Local Action Groups in Romania to further Roma economic integration in rural areas”, funded by the Open Society Institute.