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Social economy fair at the UN House in Bucharest

09.12.2013

More than 15 representative from nine social inclusion organizations attended on Thursday, December 5th, the social economy fair organized by UNDP Romania on the occasion of Saint Nicholas Day. UN employees, partners and collaborators enjoyed the displayed products which were produced by the beneficiaries of the nine NGOs. Roma ethnics, people with disabilities, young people who leave the child protection system, minimum wage beneficiaries, pensioners or unemployed people are among the beneficiaries.

Fresh rye bread, gingerbread, marzipan cake, bandanas, jewelry, leather products, eco bags, candles, baby clothes, cards and Christmas decorations, were on display at the fair and which found buyers very quickly.

I bought many products at the fair, especially holidays gifts for friends and family. The products are high quality and useful, and by buying them I also helped the organizations that work with vulnerable groups. The fair was an opportunity for these organizations to promote their social economy activity and present the programs they run, said after the event, Alina Bocai from UNDP Romania.

The nine organizations that attended the social economy fair are Asociația Carusel, Asociația pentru Promovarea Economiei Sociale, Asociația Tonal, Asociația Viitor Plus, Federația CARP-Omenia, Fundația HANDROM, Organizația Umanitară Concordia, Mesteshukar ButiQ and representatives of the „Educație pentru toți. Cu tine” project.

 

UNDP Romania and the Ministry of Labor organized a work meeting regarding the capacity development of the social economy field in Romania

03.12.2013

UNDP Romania and the Ministry of Labor organized on November 29, a work meeting at the UN House in Bucharest. The main topic was the analysis of the national context from a legal, institutional, social and financial point of view in accordance with the strategic capacity development of the social economy field.

The work meeting presided by Mr. Codrin Scutaru, secretary of state at the Ministry of Labor and Mrs. Monica Moldovan, Head of Programme at UNDP Romania, gathered representatives from the public and private sector of social economy and was organized on the occasion of the launch of a recommendation report by UNDP Romania with respect to the sustainable development of social economy in Romania. The event was attended by more than 20 key officials, among them Mr. Horia Ion Irimia, secretary of state at the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration, but also other representatives of the Romanian Government from the Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ministry of European Funds, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Interior Affairs and Ministry of Education.  Present at the event were also university professors from the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest and national representatives from the social economy field, such as the National Union for Crafts Cooperation (UCECOM), the National Credit Union of Employees (UNCARS), the National Credit Federation of Pensioners (CARP Omenia).

Romania is faced with a high percentage of population which is affected by a risk of poverty and social exclusion. In this context, social economy can be a solution to tackle these issues in a direct and efficient manner. Besides, social economy supports the Millenium Development Goals proposed by the UN through the contribution of social economy to Objective 1, the Eradication of Extreme Poverty and Hunger, declared at the meeting Mrs. Monica Moldovan, Head of Programme at UNDP Romania.  

At the current moment what we need the most is concrete outcomes in the field of social economy. One of these outcomes is the social economy bill that is on the agenda of the Ministry of Labor and which he hope to pass in the first half of 2014. From my point of view any delay in adopting this bill will only reduce the chances for a real impact intervention at the level of vulnerable groups. For example, for the Roma minority there could be important changes in a relative short period of time, 1 to 2 years, if the bill is passed, declared Mr. Codrin Scutaru, secretary of state at the Ministry of Labor.

 

Specialists from Bucharest attended an experience exchange on social economy in the Argeș county

18.11.2013

Between November 14 and 15, social inclusion/social economy specialists from Bucharest attended an experience exchange organized in Costești and Curtea de Argeș (Argeș county) by UNDP Romania within the Social Economy Model for Romania project.

Facilitating the experience exchange between social economy entities and citizens interested in this field, partnership building, promoting social economy and presenting succes stories of social enterprises were among the objectives of the event which was attended by nine specialists, many of them being directly interested in launching a social enterprise and to develop at a local level social economy initiatives for the integration/reintegration of disadvantaged groups.

The specialists had the opportunity to visit Asociația Hercules, a social inclusion NGO dealing with school drop-out, child abandonement, teenage deliquency, domestic violence, social exclusion of disadvantaged groups and elder people and HAND-ROM which is a NGO that deals with the social integration of people with disabilities. Hand-Rom’s  mission is to initiate projects and programmes through which a disabeled person can influence his/her future and build his/her own life. The NGO has its own representative on behalf of the civil society in the Economic and Social Council of Romania, the health and disability sector. 

 

Regional Knowledge Fair on Sustainable Financing of Carpathian Protected Areas

15.11.2013

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Romanian National Forest Administration Romsilva organized in Sinaia, between 13 and 15 November 2013, the Regional Workshop on Sustainable Financing of Carpathian Protected Areas. The regional workshop was held under the project “Improving the Financial Sustainability of the Carpathian System of Protected Areas”, financed by GEF and implemented by UNDP and the Romanian National Forest Administration Romsilva, in partnership with WWF.

The event was attended by more than 50 representatives of protected areas sector in Carpathian countries (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine), national experts and international consultants. The workshop was opened by Mrs. Anne Juganaru, State Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Mr. Florian Popa, Deputy General Director of Romsilva, and Mrs. Monica Moldovan, Head of Programme Unit of UNDP Romania. The event has benefited from the input of UNDP national and international experts.

The discussions revolved around Payment for Ecosystem Services mechanisms and case studies which aimed at providing evidence of how a sustainable management of the Carpathian protected areas supports productivity in key economic sectors such as tourism, forestry and agriculture.

The meeting has presented and tested the regional eLearning platform on sustainable financing of protected areas, developed within the UNDP-GEF Project, which will serve the entire Carpathian Network of Protected Areas. The feedback provided by the participants, after testing the four training modules, will be encompassed in the online platform, in order to support building the sustainable financial future for the protected areas at the regional level.

The three-day regional workshop was designed to create a forum for debate on potential solutions for improving the financial sustainability of the Carpathian protected areas, by presenting business plans, business opportunities and financial mechanisms. Additionally, the workshop aimed at establishing a Carpathian learning community for sharing experiences and knowledge among the protected areas custodians in the region.

 

Specialists from Bucharest attended an experience exchange on social economy in the Argeș county

11.11.2013

Between November 7 and 8, social inclusion/social economy specialists from Bucharest attended an experience exchange organized in Costești and Curtea de Argeș (Argeș county) by UNDP Romania within the Social Economy Model for Romania project.

Facilitating the experience exchange between social economy entities and citizens interested in this field, partnership building, promoting social economy and presenting succes stories of social enterprises were among the objectives of the event which was attended by nine specialists, many of them being directly interested in launching a social enterprise and to develop at a local level social economy initiatives for the integration/reintegration of disadvantaged groups.

The specialists had the opportunity to visit Asociația Hercules, a social inclusion NGO dealing with school drop-out, child abandonement, teenage deliquency, domestic violence, social exclusion of disadvantaged groups and elder people and HAND-ROM which is a NGO that deals with the social integration of people with disabilities. Hand-Rom’s  mission is to initiate projects and programmes through which a disabeled person can influence his/her future and build his/her own life. The NGO has its own representative on behalf of the civil society in the Economic and Social Council of Romania, the health and disability sector. 

 

“Put a Value on Nature!” Communication Campaign has been launched

06.11.2013

United Nations Development Programme, in partnership with National Forest Administration Romsilva launched “Put a Value on nature!” communication campaign, within the UNDP-GEF “Improving the financial sustainability of the Carpathian system of protected areas”.

The launching event included a presentation of the project’s scope, a press conference and a brief training for journalists on Payment for Ecosystem Services concept and methodology used by the project. The press conference was followed by an outdoor symbolic tagging of the trees, in order to show their potential value in terms of ecosystem services.

The communication campaign is supporting the project’s policy oriented advocacy activities and it is targeting mainly politicians and business sector representatives. The campaign shows the economics behind the conservation works and promotes the economic arguments for a multi-stakeholder dialogue on alternative income sources for protected areas financing. Based on the conclusions and recommendations of the study ‘An Assessment of the Contribution of Ecosystems in Protected Areas to Sector Growth and Human Well Being in Romania’ developed by the project’s experts, the project promotes legislative changes for addressing underfinancing in the Carpathian protected areas.

 

Specialists from Craiova attended an experience exchange on social economy

30.10.2013

Between October 24 and 25, social inclusion/social economy specialists from Craiova attended an experience exchange organized in Bucharest by UNDP Romania within the Social Economy Model for Romania project.

Facilitating the experience exchange between social economy entities and citizens interested in this field, partnership building, promoting social economy and presenting succes stories of social enterprises were among the objectives of the event which was attended by ten specialists, many of them being directly interested in launching a social enterprise and to develop at a local level social economy initiatives for the integration/reintegration of disadvantaged groups.

The specialists had the opportunity to visit Somaro, a social supermarket and Atelierul de Pânză established by Asociația ViitorPlus. Somaro is a non-profit that promotes the concept of social supermakets and supports the launch of quality product stores around Romania. Atelierul de Pânză is a social enterprise who carries on its economic activity in order to support the environmental and social mission of offering an ecological alternative to plastic bags and of providing jobs for people with disabilities. 

 

Specialists from Bacău attended an experience exchange on social economy

18.10.2013

Between October 17 and 18, social inclusion/social economy specialists from Bacău attended an experience exchange organized in Bucharest by UNDP Romania within the Social Economy Model for Romania project.

Facilitating the experience exchange between social economy entities and citizens interested in this field, partnership building, promoting social economy and presenting succes stories of social enterprises were among the objectives of the event which was attended by ten specialists, many of them being directly interested in launching a social enterprise and to develop at a local level social economy initiatives for the integration/reintegration of disadvantaged groups.

The specialists had the opportunity to visit Somaro, a social supermarket and Sf. Lazar Social Inclusion Center established by Concordia. Somaro is a non-profit that promotes the concept of social supermakets and supports the launch of quality product stores around Romania. Concordia is a humanitarian organization which aims to reintegrate children and young people which come from disorganized families and/or from the street.

 

Specialists from Sfantu Gheorghe attended an experience exchange on social economy

10.10.2013

Between October 3-4, social inclusion/social economy specialists from Sfantu Gheorghe (Covasna county) attended an experience exchange organized in Bucharest by UNDP Romania within the Social Economy Model for Romania project.

Facilitating the experience exchange between social economy entities and citizens interested in this field, partnership building, promoting social economy and presenting succes stories of social enterprises were among the objectives of the event which was attended by 16 specialists, many of them being directly interested to launch a social enterprise and to develop at a local level social economy initiatives for the integration/reintegration of disadvantaged groups.

The specialists had the opportunity to visit Somaro, a social supermarket, and the Sf. Lazar Social Inclusion Center established by Concordia. Somaro is a non-profit that promotes the concept of social supermakets and supports the launch of quality product stores around Romania. Concordia is a humanitarian organization which aims to reintegrate children and young people which come from disorganized families and/or from the street.

 

Detainees are encouraged to work after their release from prison

02.10.2013


It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones. Nelson Mandela

Starting from the current lack of integrated public policies in relation to the re-integration of convicts and being convinced that society must play a more proactive role in crime prevention approaches, UNDP hosted the 6th regional seminar dedicated to promoting positive initiatives tailored for individuals who have been imprisoned, that have led to significant impact on them. Held in Iasi, on September 26th, the seminar gathered more than 100 participants directly involved in support activities for this vulnerable group, state representatives, convicts and former convicts, each of them providing true life stories and alternatives to the current situation.

The United Nations Development Programme together with the National Administration of Penitentiaries organize this kind of interactive seminars as part of an  extensive awareness campaign implemented inside the project “The return of former detainees to the labor market and their integration into society".

Beside different views and experiences presented during this gathering, it became clear that more and more open debates on the subject of social reintegration of former convicts will build a broader public reaction towards support activities that shall lead in the end to less imprisonment and a lower reoffending rate.

 
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