Joint Initiative

Joint Initiative to Empower Roma Civil Society on the Western Balkans and Turkey

The Joint Initiative is coordinated by our member Roma Active Albania together with ERGO Network and sets up a supporting structure for (pro) Roma civil society to actively participate in the local and national policy and decision making process.

It addresses the generally weak position of civil society organisations aiming at promoting Roma integration or representing the voice of Roma communities, which mostly lack the capacity to make their case effectively and act as a reliable counterpart for public authorities and other stakeholders.  It establishes a constructive and systematic dialogue between local and national authorities and Roma civil society organisations in order to improve policies for Roma integration, social inclusion, non-discrimination, interethnic dialogue, socio-economic development and citizens’ rights.

Builds the capacities

Builds the capacities of the partners to successfully manage the programme, take up a steering role at national level and become respected partners to authorities. It identifies and addresses capacity building needs of at least 10 relevant Roma organisations in 6 countries so that they can become a forceful voice and give valuable contributions to the policy and decision making process, both at local and national level.

Establishes a support structure

Establishes a support, exchange and coordinating structure for at least 10 Roma CSOs in each country to advocate towards and enter into systematic dialogue with authorities at local level.  Their work is, crucially, supported by a re-granting facility within the project that supports local actions.

National coalitions

Gathers these organisations into national coalitions in 6 countries that advocate and monitor policy delivery at local and national level. The coalitions aim to establish a constructive and systematic dialogue with national public authorities. The national coalitions also contribute to the annual review of their country’s performance in the frame of the EU accession process.

Regional meetings

The project brings together organisations from the 6 target countries in regional meetings to share experiences, coordinate common actions and facilitate input into the international review mechanisms in the region.