Better together for Roma in Croatia

Area-based approach for Roma inclusion at local level in Croatia (Local Roma SI)



Quantitative and qualitative evidence on the position of Roma in Croatia point a real danger that - despite the entry of Croatia into the European Union (EU) - Roma community remains ‘out of sight and out of mind’ in the greater picture.

At the same time, Counties and municipalities inhabited by Roma are still left to deal with obstacles that have been compounding over years on their own, despite the national level development of a web of policies aiming to overcome numerous obstacles to Roma inclusion. In other words, these national policies take little effect at local level when strong support, consultative and funding mechanisms are not in place.

This gap between Roma inclusion national strategies’ expectations and realities at local level will be the key focus of the project “Better together for Roma in Croatia” - “Area-based approach for Roma inclusion at local level in Croatia (Local Roma SI)”, financed by EEA and Norway Grants*).

Using an area-based approach and set of interlinked activities, the Project will then contribute to decrease social exclusion of Roma in six Croatian Counties with the highest number of Roma through creation of sustainable partnerships and practices promoting equal access and participation of Roma and other disadvantaged groups in local social and economic development.

*Through the EEA Grants and Norway Grants, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway contribute to reducing social and economic disparities and to strengthening bilateral relations with the beneficiary countries in Europe. The three countries cooperate closely with the EU through the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA).For the period 2009-14, the EEA Grants and Norway Grants amount to EUR 1.79 billion. Norway contributes around 97% of the total funding. Grants are available for NGOs, research and academic institutions, and the public and private sectors in the 12 newest EU member states, Greece, Portugal and Spain. There is broad cooperation with donor state entities, and activities may be implemented until 2016. Key areas of support are environmental protection and climate change, research and scholarships, civil society, health and children, gender equality, justice and cultural heritage.

Objectives


Objectives of the project are:

  • Reduced gap between Roma inclusion national strategies’ expectations and realities at local level in terms of strategies’ development and implementation.
  • County public administration and Roma Council from Sisak-Moslavina, Koprivnica-Križevci; Brod-Posavina; Osijek-Baranja; and Primorje-Gorski Kotar Counties equipped with skills, methods and tools for evidence-based policy making, service delivery and monitoring with the emphasis on the most vulnerable members of the community.
  • Enhanced EU funds absorption capacities’ of local stakeholders and Roma NGO’s from Međimurje and Sisak-Moslavina Counties.
  • Structural obstacles that Roma face when attempting to access their rights and services will be reduced in Sisak-Moslavina County through a flexible, innovative and coordinated approach.
  • Enhanced employment of Roma through self-employment in Međimurje and Sisak-Moslavina Counties.

Donor



Donor Amount
EEA and Norway Grants €100.000,00