Social inclusion is not an option, is a reality!

- Inclusive governance project at the end  -


The project, implemented during April 2015 and June 2016, closed with a final conference that took place on June 23rd, 2016 at the headquarters of the European Commission Office in Bucharest.

The event was attended by representatives of the project partner public institutions and authorities, specialists with responsibilities in the field of social inclusion within the public institutions and authorities, representatives of academia and NGOs, volunteers involved in the project, journalists.

The results and impact of the project were presented in the conference, and the participants had the opportunity to debate important issues related to social inclusion and to share good practices examples that produced tangible results. Activities realized both by local authorities and by NGOs were presented, activities that contributed to reducing the risk of exclusion and social marginalization of the vulnerable groups. Among those with a high potential to be replicated we mention: the activity of the DASM Social Inclusion Centre from Cluj-Napoca, the counseling activity provided by the Local Employment Agency Oltenita, the initiatives run at Buzau county level for facilitating the access to the “Second chance” program. Also, representatives of NGOs presented initiatives in social inclusion, underlying the importance of the public – private partnership in developing and supporting such projects.

The project itself represented a model of holistic action in the field of social inclusion as it didn’t focus exclusively on the needs of the target group, but also on creating chances and equal opportunities for including these in the decision making processes. Because the aim of the Inclusive Governance project was to reduce the risk of social inclusion and to prevent discrimination of disadvantaged groups in Buzau, Calarasi, Cluj, Dolj and Mures counties, through the collaboration between public authorities and civil society we feel that it contributed directly to achieving the general objectives and expected results of the Program RO10 “Children and young people at risk and local and regional initiatives for reducing the national inequalities and promoting social inclusion”. The social inclusion policies elaborated within the project contributed to applying a governance model meant to support reducing the economic and social differences that segregate the vulnerable groups from the rest of the society and to create equal opportunities for the participation of all citizens, including vulnerable groups, at the governance process and to ensure a non-discriminatory access to the public services.

The partnership between a nongovernmental association, APSD – Agenda 21, and a national public institution, NACS, with the involvement as local partners of 20 public institutions and authorities, 5 NGOs, 10 local communities and the representatives of vulnerable groups, as well as the activities realized facilitated the elaboration of 10 methodologies and local action strategies for social inclusion (PALIS). These are sustainable tools meant to contribute to improving the access to public services and to the act of local governance for the vulnerable groups.

Considering the special focus of the RO10 Program on social inclusion of Roma people, local communities with a high percentage of Roma population have been involved in the activities. In this context, the initial indicator was exceeded significantly (229 Roma people participated in the project which means a 173% exceed of the initial indicator – 132 Roma people).

The training activities included both decision makers from the local institutions and authorities, as well as members of the local social inclusion commissions and of the mix working groups for Roma people, specialists from local institutions that work directly with disadvantaged groups (social workers, school and sanitary mediators, policemen etc.). The strict management based on the specific expertise of some public and private institutions contributed not only to achieving the proposed indicators but also at exceeding them (a significant example: 1.110 participants in the training, seminars and conferences indicator opposed to the planned 392).

The Project Promoter took into consideration through the entire period of implementation of the project of the provision of the contract both in implementing the activities and in applying the procedures for acquisitions, as well as in applying the visibility elements in all products / actions of the project, thus the number of project promotion materials was of 4.797 which represents an exceed with 145% of the initial indicator.

Last but not least the partnerships made within the project represented a strong characteristic as it contributed essentially to achieving and exceeding the indicators. In this context, the value of the public – private partnership was confirmed for implementation of projects.

The project “Inclusive Governance” was implemented with the financial support of RO10-CORAI Program, funded by 2009 – 2014 EEA Grants and managed by the Romanian Social Development Fund. The total value of the project was 720,180.02 RON, of which 550,937.70 RON was co-financed by EEA grants and public co-funding was 97,224.30 RON.
 

INCLUSIVE GOVERNANCE – CLOSURE CONFERNCE

 

The closure conference of the project “Inclusive Governance” was held Thursday, on the 23rd of June 2016, at the headquarters of the European Commission Representation in Romania. The project was implemented by the association “Assistance and Programs for Sustainable Development – Agenda 21” in partnership with the National Agency of Civil Servants.


The event was attended by representatives of the partner institutions and public authorities, experts with competences in the domain of social inclusion within the institutions and public authorities, representatives of academia and non-governmental organizations, volunteers involved in the project’s activities, journalists.

The conference made possible the presentation of the outcomes and the impact of the activities. Moreover, the participants were given the opportunity to debate important aspects on the topic of social inclusion and share examples of good practices with concrete outcomes.  There were disseminated activities realized by the local public authorities as well as non-governmental organizations which managed to contribute to the decrease of exclusion risk of vulnerable groups. Some of the examples with a high potential of replication are the following: the activity of the Center of Social Inclusion of DASM Cluj-Napoca, the counseling activity offered by the Local Agency for Employment from Oltenița, the steps carried out in Buzău County in order to facilitate the access to the ”The second chance” Programme. Also, representatives of non-governmental organizations presented initiatives in the domain of social inclusion, highlighting the importance of the public-private partnership in initiating and developing such projects.


Present at the event, the President of the National Agency of Civil Servants, József Birtalan, mentioned the following aspects: “I encourage the responsible institutions in this domain to make all the efforts in order to answer better the needs of the disadvantaged groups, although, sometimes, problems might be encountered.

Also, the event was an opportunity to launch the toolkit elaborated within the project, toolkit that contains useful information for the experts in the domain (examples of local action plans, social inclusion strategies).

The project “Inclusive Governance” targeted initiatives meant to answer the issues that disadvantaged groups encounter. Thus, the project proposed coherent measures, able to contribute to the decrease of social exclusion of vulnerable groups from Buzău, Călărași, Cluj, Dolj and Mureș countries through the collabortion of public authorities and civil society.

The project “Inclusive Governance” was implemented with the financial support of RO10-CORAI Programme, funded by 2009 – 2014 EEA Grants and managed by the Romanian Social Development Fund. The total value of the project was 720,180.02 RON, of which 550,937.70 RON was co-financed by EEA grants and public co-funding was 97,224.30 RON.


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TITLE OF THE PROJECT: INCLUSIVE GOVERNANCE

Project financed by RO10-CORAI Program, program financed by SEE Grants 2009 - 2014

 

Courses for specialists in social inclusion, public servants, and NGO representatives in Buzau, Calarasi, Cluj, Dolj and Mueres counties

About 150 specialists in social inclusion from public institutions and NGOS participated in training courses organized from September to November 2015, as follows: 21-23 September, Sovata, Mures; 15-17 October, Magura, Buzau; 22-24 October, Poiana Brasov (aimed at the specialists in Calarasi and Dolj counties); 23-25 November - Baisoara, Cluj.
The participants were familiarized with topics such as: national legislation of social inclusion, strategic planning, human rights. As a result of the trainers' and participants' collaborative effort a draft of a local plan for social inclusion was drafted. The draft document is the starting point of the future Local Action Plan for Social Inclusion (PALIS) to be developed in each of the five counties.

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Summary of the project

The project proposes a series of coherent measures meant to contribute to reducing the risk of exclusion and social marginalization of vulnerable groups from Buzau, Calarasi, Cluj, Dolj and Mures counties. The target groups are decision makers and specialists from 20 local public institutions and authorities and from 5 NGOs with expertise in the field of fighting and preventing the social exclusion, representatives of vulnerable groups, with priority from the Roma communities, volunteers. Main activities: elaboration/improvement of 5 local action plans for social inclusion, through consultation and involvement of both specialists from public institutions, and citizens at risk of discrimination and social exclusion; training decision makers and specialists from public institutions and NGOs and setting up 6 non-formal networks, the implementation of an anti-discrimination campaign. A Toolkit that will include the 5 action plans, their implementation methodology and good practices examples of social inclusion will be elaborated and printed in 500 copies and disseminated at the final conference, as well as in electronic format on the websites of the partners and the institutions involved. The project is implemented by APSD – Agenda 21, PP, and NASC – partner.

 

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Project financed by RO10-CORAI Program, program financed by SEE Grants 2009 - 2014 and administrated by the Romanian Social Development Fund.

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