Local Development, Poverty Reduction and Roma Inclusion

Key facts

Programme Operator:
Ministry of Investments, Regional Development and Informatization of the Slovak Republic
Programme ID:
Date of approval:
Total amount:
Norway Grants fund:
€ 15,000,000

Currently available funding

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Programme Summary


Strengthened social and economic cohesion

Programme summary


This Annex sets out the operational rules for the programme. The programme agreement is based on the MoU, the concept note and comments made by the NMFA. 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 Ministry of Investments, Regional Development and Informatization of the Slovak Republic. There is no Donor Programme Partner. The Council of Europe is designated as International Partner Organisation (IPO). The Plenipotentiary for Roma Communities and the government administrative unit responsible for the development of the Least Developed Districts shall be members of the Cooperation Committee.

The programme shall cover the following programme areas: Roma Inclusion and Empowerment (PA7), Children and Youth at Risk (PA8) and Local Development and Poverty Reduction (PA10).

The programme objective, ‘Strengthened social and economic cohesion’ shall be attained through three outcomes: 

  • Outcome 1 ‘Social and economic development of the least developed districts strengthened’, implemented by way of an open call for proposals (Call#1). The call shall aim to enhance access of vulnerable children and youth to a broader range of extra-curricular activities to improve their educational outcomes and provide them with skills increasing their chances for obtaining employment. The call, focused on the least developed districts, shall support multi-functional youth centres through enhancing the collaboration and networking of existing local actors working with children and youth (e.g. local and regional authorities, schools, kindergartens, community centres, NGOs) to better respond to specific local needs.
  • Outcome 2 ‘Social inclusion of marginalized Roma communities enhanced’, implemented by way of:
    • an open call (Call#2)  supporting community-based interventions in or for the direct benefit of marginalised Roma communities using an integrated approach, i.e. linking multiple interventions to improve their status and opportunities in the fields of education, employment, health, housing or non-discrimination.
    • a small grant scheme (SGS) supporting the capacity-building of smaller local organisations through the implementation of grassroots initiatives and the replication of proven good practices in the field of local development and the social inclusion of marginalised Roma communities, in fields listed for the open call above. 
  • Outcome 3 ‘Capacity of schools for inclusive education enhanced’, implemented by way of one pre-defined project (PDP). The project shall aim to increase the number of schools applying inclusive education models through training school staff and to broaden access to curricula on Romani language and history. Expanding the activities of the project funded from the 09-14 mechanism, it will enhance the cooperation with the donor project partners, the European Wergeland Centre (EWC).


Programme Concerns

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

In addition, pre-defined projects in the following areas shall be considered: building on and scaling up the project "Creation of an accredited programme of innovative education for teaching staff of primary schools to increase their intercultural competence in the educational process of Roma pupils", implemented by the National Institute of Pedagogy, supported by the SK04 programme of the EEA Financial Mechanism 2009-2014, as well as new initiatives on inclusive education and on the process Of diagnosing and re-diagnosing children with special educational needs. Cooperation with Norwegian entities at project level shall be encouraged, including, but not restricted to considering partnerships with the European Wergeland Centre and the Nansen Centre for Peace and Dialogue.

The programme shall contribute to fostering local development and to reducing poverty, with a strong focus on vulnerable groups at high risk of exclusion, such as Roma. It shall implement cost-efficient and sustainable measures that integrate education, housing, employment and health components. Establishing multi-functional youth centers, targeted at vulnerable children and youth, in the least developed regions of Slovakia shall be further explored during the development of the concept note, as well as the cooperation of the centers with mediators from Roma communities.

The relevant public institution(s) in the Slovak Republic in charge of the cross-cutting policy area in question, the relevant ministries and Plenipotentiaries, especially the Plenipotentiary for Roma Communities, shall be actively involved in the preparation and implementation of the programme, including, when feasible, as member(s) of the Cooperation Committee.

Bilateral Ambitions

€ 75,000 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.