Capacities for Increased Political Participation of Roma
Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence, in the period from August 2016 to January 2016, with the support of the OSCE Mission to Serbia implemented the project entitled “Needs assessment and implementation of training for local government and youth of Roma NGOs on the theme of inclusion and participation of Roma” .
The main objective of this project was to increase the capacity for civic participation of Roma community at the local level in Serbia.
These capacities BFPE tried to build through enlarging the number of insiders and skilled activists and encouraging young people to take part in advocating the inclusion of the Roma, as well as through the training of local governments and improving their sensitivity to Roma issues.
Within six months of intensive work covering over 40 local governments we have conducted a total of 20 two-day trainings for representatives of local governments and Roma activists realized 12 inclusive activities at the local level whose purpose was to create good practices for Roma inclusion in all areas of social life; extensive research was carried out – assessment of the needs before local governments and representatives of the Roma community in terms of the problems they face in the public sphere, as well as the most needed skills and knowledge to overcome these difficulties, and held two press conferences on the results of the project activities.
Almost 400 participants attended the trainings, while the entire project engaged close to 600 participants.
Trainings were conducted in four large centers in Serbia – Novi Sad, Belgrade, Kragujevac and Nis, for people coming from neighboring local authorities.
For each of the selected regions, training covered preparing and writing proposals, youth activism, issues related to the Decade of Roma and the development of new inclusive strategy, as well as advocacy of interests of the Roma community and communication with decision-makers.