Local Development and Poverty Reduction, Enhanced Roma Inclusion

Key facts

Programme Operator:
Romanian Social Development Fund
Programme ID:
RO-LOCALDEV
Programme Donors
KS
Date of approval:
Total amount:
€73,900,000
EEA Grants fund:
€25,000,000
Norway Grants fund:
€ 48,900,000

Currently available funding

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Programme Summary

Objective

Strengthened social and economic cohesion

Programme summary

This Annex sets out the operational rules for the programme. The program agreement is based on the MoU, the concept note and comments made by the FMC. Commitments, statements and guarantees, explicit as well as implicit, made in the concept note, are binding for the National Focal Point and the Programme Operator unless otherwise explicitly stipulated in the annexes to this programme agreement.

The Programme Operator is the Romanian Social Development Fund (RSDF). The Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities (KS) is the Donor Programme Partner (DPP). The Council of Europe (CoE) is the International Partner Organisation (IPO).

The Programme shall provide grants to projects within the following Programme Areas:

PA 07 “Roma Inclusion and Empowerment”. Within this PA, the programme shall support the outcome “Enhanced Roma inclusion and empowerment” by way of one small grant scheme and one call for proposals. Projects under the small grant scheme address the community level by providing funds for specific priority needs identified in a participatory manner, aimed at contributing to the improvement of living and educational condition in disadvantaged communities with high percentage of Roma population. Projects under the call for proposals will target the needs of Roma population using integrated or sectorial approaches, also focusing on empowering Roma women and youth, Roma leaders, on increasing awareness on intercultural approaches and respect Roma rights, on increasing the capacity of public entities to be more inclusive and on combating all forms of discrimination. Priority will be given to disadvantaged areas with high percentage of Roma population.

PA08 “Children and Youth at Risk”. Within this PA, the programme shall support the outcome “Enhanced social inclusion of children and youth” by way of one pre-defined project and one call for proposals. The pre-defined project is implemented by the Romanian National University for Physical Education and Sports (UNEFS) and will focus on involving children from disadvantaged families in sports as a measure to improve their participation in education and in social life. Projects selected via the call for proposals under the same outcome promote inclusive education and equal chances, increasing the access and use of appropriate education and supporting services for children and youth at risk. 

PA10 “Local Development and Poverty Reduction”. Within this PA, the programme shall support the outcome “increased use of social services by disadvantaged groups” by way of one small grant scheme and two calls for proposals. The open call for proposals will focus on the improvement of quality and access to social/ welfare services at county at micro and/or macro-regional level. The restricted call for proposals will provide support for the implementation of national and local anti-poverty measures building on the results of projects funded under the “Poverty Alleviation” programme supported from FM 09-14. The small grant scheme will provide funds to local authorities to increase their capacity to apply to other funds, for technical assistance services needed for investments/ measures envisaging local development in poor areas.

PA16 “Good Governance, Accountable Institutions, Transparency”. Within this PA, the programme shall support the outcome “increased knowledge of central and local government to enact good governance principles” by way of two pre-defined projects. One of the pre-defined projects on capacity building in the field of public governance implemented by the General Secretariat of the Romanian Government in partnership with the Organisation on Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The other pre-defined project implemented by the Association of Communes in Romania (ACoR) in partnership with the Association of Municipalities in Romania and the Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities (KS) will be focused at local government level and will implement measures meant at increasing the quality of decision making process, at strengthening transparency in decision making process, at reducing and preventing corruption and encouraging the exchange of experiences and networking between institutions and public authorities and with relevant public entities from the Donor States.

PA17: “Human Rights – National Implementation”. Within this PA, the programme shall support the outcome “Increased implementation of judgements and case law issued by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and of country specific recommendations on human rights put forward by other bodies of the Council of Europe by way of one call for proposals. This call is addressed to national level public entities, which could propose projects to support the implementation of measures aiming to answer to the issues identified in cases judged by the ECtHR and to the specific country recommendations put forward by other bodies of the Council of Europe (such as European Commission against Racism and Intolerance - ECRI, European Committee for Prevention of Torture and Inhumane or Degrading Treatment or Punishment - CPT, Advisory Committee for the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, etc.) left unresolved and/or insufficiently treated at national level regarding the rights of people with disabilities, national minority rights, detainees'' rights, children''s rights and women''s rights. Under this call, mechanisms to protect the rights of people from the listed vulnerable groups shall be established and/ or improved and measures for combating discrimination shall be piloted/ put in place, in line with the national strategy for combating discrimination.

The Programme shall contribute to the Objective ‘Strengthened social and economic cohesion’.

Programme Concerns

A maximum level of funding available from the total eligible expenditure of the programme for infrastructure (hard measures) shall be identified in the concept note.

A maximum level of funding available from the total eligible expenditure of the programme for infrastructure (hard measures) shall be identified in the concept note.

A minimum of € 15 million of the programme grant shall be allocated to programme area ''Roma Inclusion and Empowerment''. The programme shall include measures that address education including combating early school leaving, housing improvement, employment and health components.

A minimum of € 20 million shall be set aside for further developing the results Of projects funded by the Programme ''Poverty Alleviation'' under the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009-2014. The modalities, including any pre-defined projects, shall be specified during the development of the concept note.

Municipalities in disadvantaged areas with a high percentage of Roma population shall be given priority.

Municipalities in disadvantaged areas with a high percentage of Roma population shall be given priority.

The National Focal Point and the Programme Operator shall at the latest by the submission of the programme concept note, submit a plan to ensure adequate programme management capacity of the Programme Operator.

The National Focal Point and the Programme Operator shall at the latest by the submission of the programme concept note, submit a plan to ensure adequate programme management capacity of the Programme Operator.

The possibility of pre-defining project(s) with the Council of Europe and, as relevant, other international stakeholders, shall be explored when developing the concept note.

The possibility of pre-defining project(s) with the Council of Europe and, as relevant, other international stakeholders, shall be explored when developing the concept note.

The possibility of pre-defining project(s) with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) shall be explored when developing the concept note.

The possibility of pre-defining project(s) with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) shall be explored when developing the concept note.

The programme shall include measures that address education, including combating early school leaving, housing improvement, employment and health components.

The programme shall strengthen the national implementation of human rights standards and norms, focusing on anti-discrimination legislation.

The programme shall strengthen the national implementation of human rights standards and norms, focusing on anti-discrimination legislation.

Bilateral Ambitions

€ 150,000 shall be allocated to the programme from the fund for bilateral relations. This does not prevent the Joint Committee for Bilateral Funds from allocating additional funds to the programme.| € 200,000 shall be allocated to the programme from the fund for bilateral relations. This does not prevent the Joint Committee for Bilateral Funds from allocating additional funds to the programme.