Better Together – Social Inclusion of Roma in CroatiaJun 30, 2016
The Project that has been implemented by UNDP is completed, but this does not mean the end for activities we have supported, initiated or strengthened! Our main partners, actors and beneficiaries are citizens of Roma background from two counties Sisak –Moslavina and Međimurje. They were included in planning different interventions, executions of small community actions, mobile team activities and a number of cultural and educational events. They were also included in the activities of social and school cooperatives.
Media representatives were as well actively included in the project throughout its lifetime – following and reporting about each major event. The workshop organised with media representatives resulted in guidelines on media reporting about Roma with a focus on reporting without hate speech.
The project is based on the premise that only support for processes leading to systemic and continuous collaborative actions of different local actors (local self-government, public institution, civil society and private sector) is the main vehicle to enable disadvantaged groups to meet their needs. The starting point of the project was to engage and mobilise community itself and different other actors in needs assessment and resources available in and outside of community; empowerment and expansion of capacity for small actions, planning, creation of links and networking and preparation of project fiche for national and EU funding. Such integrated approach of this project resulted in:
- Four county action plans for Roma inclusion and Atlas of Roma settlements for Sisak-Moslavina, Koprivnica-Križevci, Slavonski Brod-Posavina, Osijek-Baranja and Primorje–Gorski Kotar counties. The Atlases are available at www.atlas-romskihnaselja.hr as basic tools for design and monitoring of Roma inclusion interventions;
- Facilitated local forums for information exchange and joint action planning open for participation to all key and interested actors;
- Implementation of seven small community actions to improve communal and social infrastructure in Sisak-Moslavina County;
- Preparation of project fiches of 10 project proposals to be submitted for EU funding, developed based on priorities established by communities;
- 300 Roma informed about their citizens, social, educational and cultural rights;
- Six different cultural manifestations contributing to breaking down prejudice about Roma; mini video dictionary of bojash language for everyday use; documentary about traditional trade.
As there is a say that picture speaks more than thousand words, please have a look at a video-report recorded by the project beneficiaries and key actors themselves, available at https://youtu.be/DZ2YH0pVSRY
We wish to thank you all for an excellent cooperation and of course a big gratitude goes to the donor, Kingdom of Norway programme of EEA-Norway Grants and to the National foundation for civil society!