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    The closing conference of the SocioRoMap

    The closing conference of the „Socio-graphic mapping of the Roma Communities in Romania for a community-level monitoring of changes with regard to Roma integration (SocioRoMap)" research project took place in Bucharest on April 20, 2017.

    The „Socio-graphic mapping of the Roma Communities in Romania for a community-level monitoring of changes with regard to Roma integration (SocioRoMap)" project was implemented during November 2014 - April 2017 by the Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities together with its partners, the Foundation for an Open Society from Bucharest and the Research Centre on Interethnic Relations from Cluj-Napoca with support from the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights. This project was financed by the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 in the framework of "Poverty Alleviation" Programme (RO25).

    Our research aimed to „map" segregated and poor Roma communities at national level. In this endeavour to collect data, we have collaborated with different local expert networks, alternative networks that cover the localities at national level.

    Four sociological surveys were carried out within the framework of this reasearch:

    • survey addressed to all mayor's offices for collecting information from social workers employed by mayor's offices;
    • survey addressed to health mediators anchetă;
    • survey addressed to school mediators and Romani language teachers and teachers of the history and traditions of the Roma;
    • survey addressed to Roma and non-Roma non-governmental organisations that implemented projects and intervenions for Roma communities during the last 5 years.

    With the help of local experts, these were completed by 40 sociological descriptions of large cities (more than 30.000 inhabitants) which included descriptions of compact Roma communities and 17 community studies elaborated by researchers that offer ample descriptions of life in certain neighbourhoods and localities and detail local problems relevant for the implementation and evaluation of policies aiming the social inclusion of the Roma population.

    At the same time, the htps://www.socioromap.ro/ online platform - allowing for the visualisation of our main research results - was also launched at this event.

    Our results offer a clear image that is close to the real situation of local Roma communities given that we have addressed and used the network of local expert who have a thorough knowledge of the communities they live and (or) work in. These results may be used by national and international actors involved in reducing poverty and promoting the succesful foundation and design of certain public programes and policies, allowing for the prioritisation of interventions and ensuring a durable and balanced development and the reduction of social and economic disparities between Roma and majority communities.

    Representatives of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Bucharest and the Embassy of Moldova, of the National Agency for the Roma, representatives of other institutions and NGOs involved in the social inclusion of the Roma, reserachers, as well as representatives of the organisers, the project promoter and partners participated at this event.

    The SocioRoMap project team would like to thank to all the participants in all of our research components (approximately 8.000 persons in the field) and all collaborators (approximately 130 persons) who assisted us during the different research stages - starting with the design of our research methodology, the elaboration of instruments adequate to our investigation to the administration of questionnaires, data processing, analyses, map design and the elaboration of sudies from the research report - for their excellent contributions, involvement and time.


     

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    On 12th of April 2017 (Wednesday), RIRNM organized a workshop at the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work (BBU) where the members of the SocioRoMap research team presented and discussed with those interested the main results of the four research components of the project (Survey with social workers, Survey with health mediators, Survey with school mediators and Rromani language teachers, Survey with non-governmental organizations), the research resources developed in the framework of the project (data bases, maps, etc.) and possibilities and opportunities of its utilization. Moreover, other aspects were also presented briefly (for example, the research methodology) beside other project components (other than research activities, like networking, development of interactive maps, crowdsourcing and so on).


     

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    On April 6th, on the occasion of the meeting of the Mixed Working Group (MWG) and the celebration of the International Roma Day organised at the Institution of the Prefect of Cluj County, RIRNM presented some of the results of the SocioRoMap research project (The „Socio-graphic mapping of the Roma Communities in Romania for a community-level monitoring of changes with regard to Roma integration project is financed through the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 within the framework of the "Combating Poverty in Romania" program (R025)) concerning the situation of compact Roma communities from Cluj county.

    Other initiatives taking place in Cluj county were also presented at this meeting: the ROMACT program - The Council of Europe and the Pata Cluj Project.

    Members of the MWG, representatives of the deconcentrated structures of ministries, representatives of non-governmental organisations and other representatives of Roma communities participated at this meeting.


     

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    On Monday, October 26, 2016, the Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities received a delegation of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Bucharest, namely Ms. Tove Bruvik Westberg and three representatives of the Embassy. On this occasion, we presented some of the results of our research project  entitled „Socio-graphic mapping of the Roma Communities in Romania for a community-level monitoring of changes with regard to Roma integration", financed through the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 within the Poverty Alleviation Programme (RO25). Research team members - research component coordinators from both RIRNM and Partner 2 - Research Centre for Interethnic Relations from Cluj-Napoca also participated at this meeting.


     

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    Working meeting - Disseminating the results of the project 

    A working meeting with the Resource Centre for Roma Communities from Cluj-Napoca was organised in 18 th of May in order to present the partial results obtained within the SocioRoMap project, WP 3, as well as within the Social workers from mayor's offices component and Descriptions of large cities with more than 30000 inhabitants. As a result of this meeting, research data for 7 localities were provided (Târnăveni, Sighişoara, Aiud, Aleşd, Reşiţa, Şimleul-Silvaniei, Târgu-Jiu, according to the commodatum agreement), beneficiaries within the ROMACT program. The local public administrations of these 7 localities are assisted by CRCR to access funds within the Human Capital Operational Program, axe 4.1 „Integrated Local Development in marginalised communities with population belonging to the Roma minority" and the application comprises a section on research/evaluation of these localities.



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    Technical workshop: Measuring Inclusive Growth in Central Europe - Data, Knowledge, Institutions for Improved Monitoring of Social Inclusion Outcomes at the Subregional or Local level

    During April 13-14, 2016, István Horváth (president of the RIRNM) participated at a technical workshop entitled Measuring Inclusive Growth in Central Europe - Data, Knowledge, Institutions for Improved Monitoring of Social Inclusion Outcomes at the Subregional or Local level organised by the World Bank, the EU Fundamental Rights Agency and the Government of Hungary in Budapest.

    The objective of this workshop was to share experiences about the monitoring of results in the field of social inclusion, as well as about disparities at subregional level. The aim of this meeting was to improve how investments financed by the EU between 2014-2020 in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Romania, Hungary and Slovakia are directed and monitored.

    The first part of this workshop consisted of presentations regarding the legal and institutional background at national level, having the task to monitor public policies in the field of inclusion in general or of the Roma population in particular.

    As for Romania, two legal norms were presented that provide for ways of monitoring social inclusion, i.e. Government Decision no. 488/2008 and the Strategy of the Romanian Government for the Inclusion of Romanian Citizens Belonging to the Roma Minority for 2015-2020. The monitoring system, as well as the data collection and monitoring system were presented (TEMPO-online of the National Institute of Statistics).

    On the second day, various concrete and innovating initiatives for monitoring the situation of Roma inclusion were presented. As for Romania, the first results of the SocioRoMap project, coordinated by the RIRNM (financed through the Norwegian Financial Mechanism were presented. Among others, the representative of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency, Andrey Ivanov, made a positive assessment of the project and he proposed to be considered as a model (from a methodological point of view) for other similar initiatives. At the same time, he addressed an invitation to the representatives of the RIRNM for collaboration with the EU Fundamental Rights Agency.


     

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    Working meeting - Description of large cities

    A work meeting entitled: Sociological descriptions of cities was organised by the Romanian Institute for the Research of National Minorities and the Research Centre on Interethnic Relations, as partners within the "Socio-graphic mapping of the Roma Communities in Romania for a community-level monitoring of changes with regard to Roma integration (SocioRoMap)" project between March 25-26, 2016, in Brasov. Within the framework of this meeting, experts recruited in the second wave were trained for carrying out the description of large cities with more than 30.000 inhabitants and of compact Roma communities identified in these cities. The expert from the Research Centre on Interethnic Relations, univ. lecturer dr. Gyongyi Pasztor, presented the research methodology and instruments to the participants, as well as a sociological description of a city, as a model. Our participants were experts who would carry out research in large cities/municipalities: Bucharest (6th district), Timişoara, Arad, Focşani, Turda, Zalău and Sightetu Marmaţiei.

    Andrada Tobias (project coordinator, Research Centre on Interethnic Relations) and Adriana Cupcea (assistant to the project manager, Romanian Institute for the Research of National Minorities) were also present on behalf of the organisers.


     

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    Training and discussions session on the methodology of community studies

    A training and discussions session on the methodology of community studies was held within the framework of the "Socio-graphic mapping of the Roma Communities in Romania for a community-level monitoring of changes with regard to Roma integration (SocioRoMap)" project on Saturday, March 19, 2016. This meeting was held in Bucharest. Community studies will be carried out in 25 localities from Romania in the next period. The representatives of the project promoter (The Romanian Institute for the Research of National Minorities was represented by László Fosztó) and those of the partners (Andrada Tobias - Research Centre on Interethnic Relations, Daniela Tarnovschi and Anca Radu - Foundation for an Open Society) participated at this workshop together with the experts invited (Viorel Anăstsoaie, Cătălina Tesăr) and several researchers with expertise in the field of social-qualitative and anthropological research.


     

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    Working meeting - Description of large cities

    A working meeting with national level experts elaborating sociological descriptions of large cities with more than 30.000 inhabitants was held on October 31st, 2015. This meeting was held at Hotel AroPalace in Braşov.

    After a general presentation of the project, this meeting continued with the presentation of our research methodology - within the quantitative component - regarding the filling out and validation of questionnaire A and B, applied at the level of Local Administrative Units (LAU). At the same time, the structure of the questionnaires, the correct way of their application, the way of selecting our respondents and general instructions for filling out and validating the questionnaires were also presented.

    During the second work session the methodology and qualitative research instruments for describing cities, city level descriptions and compact Roma community level descriptions were presented.

    This working meeting ended with a Questions and Answers session and with some aspects related to our research terminology, as well as elements of professional ethics and deontology in the field of research.


     

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    On October 19th, 2015, the Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities received a delegation from the Heart to Heart (Hjärta till Hjärta) organisation inLinköping, Sweden. This is a philantropical organisation carrying out several humanitarian projects throughout the world. In Romania and Bulgaria they implement projects in the field of the social inclusion of Roma. This delegation was made up of dr. Jörgen Ljung, professor at the University of Linköping and president of the Heart to Heart board and Luiza Mara Timoc, project coordinator and member of the Team Roma group. The following persons participated at this meeting: Alina Silian, Dénes Kiss (members of the SocioRoMap research team), Stefánia Toma and László Fosztó (researchers at the Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities) and they presented the project entitled SocioRoMap. This project has a component related to the research of non-governmental organisations present in the field of Roma inclusion in Romania. Participants discussed about collaboration possibilities in mapping organisational networks and a more efficient use of information collected for a better coordination and monitoring of projects implemented by different non-governmental actors.


     

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    working meeting with experts from County Offices for Roma - structures established within Prefectures, at national level - was held between October 1-3, 2015. A representative of the Ministry of European Funds, on behalf of the National Roma Contact Point also participated at this meeting.

    This meeting was held in Braşov, at Capitol Hotel, according to the agenda.

    The aim of the meeting was to present the preliminary results of the social survey carried out in cooperation with social workers employed by local public authorities from all over the country, as well as to consult with experts from County Offices for Roma in order to validate the results. Due to their professional experience and a better understanding of local communities, experts from County Offices for Roma may contribute to the identification of certain errors that might occur - due to various reasons - during our social survey.

    The research component related to the role of NGO-s and the impact of projects/interventions for the social inclusion of Roma communities from Romania from the last 3-5 years were also presented. In the following, we will commence the collection of quantitative data for the NGO component, with the support of and by involving experts from County Offices for Roma.

    We consider that the county network of experts, if trained and coordinated, may essentially contribute to the process of local and county level data collection on the social and economic inclusion of Roma, according to the progress monitoring and evaluation mechanism provided for in the Strategy of the Romanian Government for the inclusion of Romanian citizens belonging to the Roma minority.


     

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    Scientific workshop: „Partial results of the SocioRoMap project; synergies and convergences with previous databases and researches"

    On July 28, 2015, a scientific workshop, entitled "Partial results of the SocioRoMap project; synergies and convergences with previous databases and researches" was organised by the Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities and the Foundation for an Open Society in Bucharest. This meeting was held at the seat of the Foundation for an Open Society, 33 Căderea Bastiliei str., starting with 9.30 a.m., according to the agenda.

    This workshop was organised within the framework of the SocioRoMap project with the aim of presenting partial results and discussing synergies and convergences with other similar researches carried out previously. Researchers and specialists in the field, from higher education institutions, as well as governmental and non-governmental organisations participated at this meeting. Before the meeting, participants received an access code to the data collection platform for the purposes of analysis. There have been discussions regarding the observations and suggestions coming from the participants, which shall contribute to the improvement of research methodologies and instruments, as well as to improving the promotion of results and increasing data utility and use.

    Abstract of the workshop

    Partial results of the SocioRoMap project; synergies and convergences with previous databases and researches

    July 28, 2015, Bucharest

    On July 28, 2015, a scientific seminar dedicated to the presentation of partial results of our research.

    Researchers and specialists in the field, from higher education institutions, as well as governmental and non-governmental organisations participated at this seminar.

    The aim of this meeting was to present and to get a feedback on data collection instruments and to present the partial results of our research. Before the seminar, participants received a link to the questionnaires and information materials of the project and also access to the data collection platform.

    Discussions were constructive and they referred to topics related to the sustainability of the project, more exactly to what would happen to the results of the project, to how they would be used in the long run, and also to indicating certain directions where these results should lead.

    Project members presented the partial research results under the form of maps and they described different aspects related to ways of collecting information for the questionnaires.

    Moreover, the participants debated important topics from the point of view of this research: the definition of compact Roma communities; the minimum number ethnic Roma in order to characterise a compact community or not; the ethnicisation of poverty. The migration of Roma, the pendular movement of Roma or the collection of gender specific data (women/ men) were other topics on the agenda. Observations were made and the collection of data on self-identification with the help of local informants was also suggested.

    Furthermore, the correlation of data obtained through the research of the World Bank - the Atlas of marginalised rural areas with the SocioRoMap research. It has been agreed that the data should be analysed at the level of inferior types of locality (according to a database structured at the level of villages or territorial units that are inferior to towns/cities). The introduction of a chapter dedicated to the comparative analysis of poverty in Roma communities and poverty in rural communities has been suggested.

    Within this seminar, participants also had the opportunity to share their experience and indicate new directions regarding the structure of this research. Participants were encouraged to send their amendments to the project research team.

    List of participants


     

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    Meeting on the dissemination of the SocioRoMap project results

    On Tuesday, July 7, 2015, at 2.00 p.m., a meeting of the SocioRoMap project members was organised at the seat of the RIRNM from Cluj-Napoca in order to present the partial results of our research related to the social workers component, based on an ongoing sociological survey which is carried out at national level in urban and rural territorial administrative units and in order to discuss aspects related to synergies and convergences between different databases and previous research.

    To this meeting, we invited specialists and researchers from universities, local/regional public institutions and non-governmental organisations active in the field.


     

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    Between June 10-11, 2015, the president of the Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities (ISPMN), Mr. István HORVÁTH, participated at the Workshop of the National Contact Points for Roma Inclusion. This event was held in Vienna and it was organised by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). This program aims to elaborate a European level system for monitoring public policies on Roma inclusion and it is aimed at elaborating a system of indicators of the Roma integration process which are comparable at the level of member states. Several methodological aspects and the expected result of the SocioRoMap: "Socio-graphic mapping of the Roma Communities in Romania for a community-level monitoring of changes with regard to Roma integration" project implemented by our Institute and financed through the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009-2014, within the framework of the "Poverty Alleviation" Program (RO25) were presented at this meeting.


     

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    On May 5, 2015, Mrs. Hetea Estera, vice-president of the Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities, participated - at the invitation of Her Excellency Mrs. Tove Bruvik Westberg, ambassador of Norway to Romania, on the occasion of the visit paid by the Standing Committee for Labour and Social Affairs of the Parliament of Norway to Romania - at a work meeting on different aspects of social inclusion and challenges posed by the growing number of migrants from Romania to Norway, held in Bucharest.

    During the discussions, Mrs. Hetea Estera presented a summary of the SocioRoMap project financed through theNorwegian Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 within the Poverty Alleviation Programme (RO25), the objectives and expected results of this project, underlining the importance of the results produced by field research which will guide public policies, intervention strategies and the mechanisms of fund allocation according to the needs of local communities, thus contributing to the process of social inclusion of the Roma in the long term.


     

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    A working visit to Presov, Slovakia took place within the framework of the SocioRoMap project between March 19-21, 2015. At this exchange of experience The Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities was represented by Toma Stefánia, Horváth István, Fosztó László, Kiss Tamás and Kozák Gyula.  The Research Centre on Inter-ethnic Relations - as project partner - was represented by Camelia Badea. Our host, Alexander Musinka, anthropologist at the University of Presov, was the coordinator of the Atlas of Roma Communities from Slovakia in 2004 and 2013. The aim of this visit was to make a comparative analysis of our endeavour and our collegues' endeavour from Slovakia. Thus, this exchange of experience focused on sharing experiences in the elaboration of the Atlas of Roma Communities from Slovakia and on discussing the methodological and practical aspects of carrying out such a research. After a general presentation of the situation from Slovakia and Romania, discussions were centred on practical issues related to the elaboration of the questionnaire applied and the possible ways of using the results in projecting and elaborating public policies.


     

    PRESS RELEASE 

    The SocioRoMap project, which will map the Roma communities from Romania, has been launched

    Bucharest, February 17, 2015 - the launching conference of the project "Socio-graphic mapping of the Roma communities in Romania for a community-level monitoring of changes with regard to Roma integration (SocioRoMap)". 

    The SocioRoMap project is implemented by the Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities (RIRNM) from Cluj-Napoca in partnership with the Foundation for an open society and the Research Centre for Interethnic Relations (C.C.R.I.T.).

    This project will develop and test a set of indicators for monitoring the progress of Roma inclusion at the local level and it will improve the capacity for targeted interventions and results-based monitoring. A certain number of segregated and poor Roma communities will be identified, catalogued and briefly described within the framework of this project. Thus, a number of 3.181 administrative, rural and urban units will be mapped, sociological descriptions for 50 localities with more than 30.000 inhabitants will be provided and 25 community studies will be elaborated.

    "We wish to provide a useful instrument for public policies initiated by the Romanian state, as well as other international and transnational actors interested in eradicating poverty, local development and the promotion of the success rate of certain marginal groups. Therefore, we could offer assistance to local public administrations which lack the resources, the know-how or a firm local political will to assist these territorially segregated and marginal communities through their integration process. By identifying, making an inventory of and briefly describing these segregated and poor local Roma communities we hope that public policy and community assistance promoters will have the possibility to better identify their target groups", declared Horváth István, president of the ISPMN.

    Her Excellency, Ms. Tove Bruvik Westberg, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway to Romanian and Moldova, Mr. Daniel Vasile, the President of the National Roma Agency, Mr. Amet Aledin, sub-secretary of state at the Department for Interethnic Relations within the Romanian Government, representatives of embassies, ministries, universities from Bucharest and Cluj, representatives of NGO-s engaged in the social inclusion of Roma participated at this launching event besides the organisers.

    Our research methodology, partial results, expected results and ways of presenting data and their use were presented within this event. We also aimed at gaining the support of and implying all the actors (organisations, institutions and embassies) interested in data collected through the SocioRoMap network.

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    For further information, please contact Daniela Tarnovschi, sociologist at the Foundation for an Open Society, phone number: +40 21 212 1101/02, e-mail: daniela.tarnovschi@fundatia.ro 

    The project "Socio-graphic mapping of the Roma communities in Romania for a community-level monitoring of changes with regard to Roma integration (SocioRoMap)" is supported by a grant from Norway through the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009-2014, within the framework of the "Poverty Alleviation" Programme (RO25), it has a duration of 24 months and the maximum value of the grant is 1.000.000 Euros.

     For official information on SEE and Norwegian Grants please access: www.norwaygrants.org


     

    ANNOUNCEMENT

    Launching conference of the project: "Socio-graphic mapping of the Roma Communities in Romania for a community-level monitoring of changes with regard to Roma integration (SocioRoMap)" 

    The Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities from Cluj-Napoca, in partnership with the Foundation for an open society and the Research Centre on Interethnic Relations announces the launching conference of the project: "Socio-graphic mapping of the Roma Communities in Romania for a community-level monitoring of changes with regard to Roma integration (SocioRoMap)", which will take place on February 17th, 2015, 9.30 a.m. in Bucharest, Hotel Capital Plaza, Mihail Kogălniceanu room (54 Iancu de Hunedoara Bld.).

    This project is supported by a grant from Norway through the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009-2014, in the framework of the "Poverty Alleviation" Programme (RO25), it has a duration of 24 months and the maximum value of the grant is 1.000.000 Euros.

    The aim of this launching event is to present our research methodology and the expected results, to make use of the contributions of interested actors (organisations, institutions and embassies) and to encourage collaboration and partnership in the field of activity specific to this project.

    The program of the meeting can be accessed here

    The invitation can be accesed here.