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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.

 

Social economy incubator in Craiova

01.10.2013

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Romania in partnership with the City of Craiova (Dolj county) announces the establishment of a social economy incubator in Craiova, in the South-West Oltenia Development region.

The establishment of the Social Economy Incubator in Craiova, the South-West Oltenia Development region, is the direct result of the partnership between UNDP Romania and the City of Craiova, partnership which aims at ensuring the sustainability of the efforts to promote the practices, benefits and the potential of social economy as a way of facilitating the integration and reintegration of disadvantages groups on the labor market, said Alina Bocai, Project Coordinator at UNDP Romania.

The social economy incubator offers technical assistance to physical and juridical persons who want to establish a social enterprise, but also to already existing social economy entities in the South-West Oltenia Development region. The offered assistance entails the creation and development of a business plan, the identification of financing sources, fundraising counseling, the promotion of certain social inclusion activities for vulnerable groups in order to facilitate their access on the labor market, said Daniel Ilie, the manager of the Social Economy Incubator in Craiova.

The Social Economy Incubator in Craiova is located within the Transnational, Technological and Business Incubator located at 154A, București Avenue and can be contacted at the following coordinates: Daniel Ilie, the manager of Social Economy Incubator in Craiova, daniel.ilie@undp.org, 0757 049 110.

 

Social economy incubator in Bacău

26.09.2013

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Romania in partnership with the Alternative Sociale Association and the City of Bacău and S.C. Centrul de Afaceri și Expozițional Bacău S.A  announces the establishment of a social economy incubator in Bacău, the North-East Development Region.

The establishment of the Social Economy Incubator is an initiative within the Social Economy Model for Romania project implemented by the Alternative Sociale Association as a beneficiary and UNDP Romania, the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University in Iași and the Bucharest University of Economic Studies. On one hand the project is addressed to vulnerable groups by trying to mobilize them to overcome the social assisted condition, and on the other hand it is addressed to specialists and the academic environment through training and specialization activities, said Cătălin Luca, the manager of the project.

The general objective of the Social Economy Incubator in Bacău is the development of the social economy sector by creating and supporting social enterprises that integrate and reintegrate disadvantaged groups on the labor market. So far we managed to attract enterprises, associations and foundations that employ disadvantaged people or organizations that are working in the social area, thus benefiting from technical assistance in case they want to establish a social business. We are convinced that the incubator will bring important gains that will generate added value to the local community, one of the most important factors being the creation and support of social enterprises that are adapted to the local economic context, said Dana Năstasă, the manager of the Social Economy Incubator in Bacău.

The Social Economy Incubator in Bacău is located within the „Mircea Cancicov” Business and Exhibit Center, 145, Dr. Alexandru Șafran Street and can be contacted at the following coordinates: Dana Năstasă, the manager of Social Economy Incubator in Bacău, dana.nastasa@undp.org, 0757 049 115.

The establishment of the Social Economy Incubator was announced at a press conference in Bacău. A local TV station broadcasted the news - www.1tvbacau.ro/2013/09/26/incubator-de-economie-sociala-in-bacau/

 

Social economy incubator in Sfântu Gheorghe

26.09.2013

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Romania in partnership with the City of Sfântu Gheorghe (Covasna county) announces the establishment of a social economy incubator in Sfântu Gheorghe, the Center Development Region.

The establishment of the Social Economy Incubator in Sfântu Gheorghe, the Center Development Region, is the direct result of the partnership between UNDP Romania and the City of Sfântu Gheorghe, partnership which aims at ensuring the sustainability of the efforts to promote the practices, benefits and the potential of social economy as a way of facilitating the integration and reintegration of disadvantages groups on the labor market, said Alina Bocai, Project Coordinator at UNDP Romania

The role of the Social Economy Incubator in Sfântu Gheorghe is to support those people who want to establish social economy enterprises and to offer technical assistance for the social economy entities in the Center Development Region. We want to support those initiatives and business ideas that offer long term solutions to critical social issues. We are talking about organizations that will function like a commercial agent that produces goods and services on the market, but who redirects its profit to fulfill social purposes. Basically we are referring to businesses that use their money to integrate disadvantaged groups into society, said Boglarka Vajda, the manager of the Social Economy Incubator in Sfântu Gheorghe.

The Social Economy Incubator in Sfântu Gheorghe is located within the Business Incubator at 4, Press street, and can be contacted at the following coordinates: Boglarka Vajda, Manager of Social Economy Incubator, vajda.boglarka@undp.org, 0757 049 113.

 

 

Detainees are encouraged to work after their release from prison

22.07.2013

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) together with the National Administration of Penitentiaries has organized a new debate on July 18, 2013 in Constanța, as part of the extensive awareness campaign implemented inside the project “The return of former detainees to the labor market and their integration into society".

The main purpose of the event was to encourage dialogue between employers, public authorities, civil society and convicts, in order to identify, through a joint effort, the main blockages to the reintegration of former inmates

Studies have shown that in most cases, inmates leave prison with no prospect of obtaining a place to live or a job. Therefore, the first few weeks after release are of particular importance for them, as there has been registered an increased risk of relapse during this period.

Activities undertaken within the project have enabled incarcerated persons to attend training courses and programs in order to regain self-confidence and develop healthy attitudes towards life and labor.

 

The 6th Edition of the Romanian Development Camp

17.07.2013

The Romanian Non-governmental Development Organizations Platform (FOND) in partnership with the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UNDP Romania organized the 6th edition of the Romanian Development Camp, New Strategic Perspectives for the Romanian Development Cooperation, in Sibiu, on 15-17 July 2013.

This year’s edition of the Development Camp brought together key actors from the Romanian MFA, relevant line ministries, civil society organizations, local authorities, the academia and the business sector, as well as representatives of international and EU institutions and other emerging donors.

The Camp brought new ideas and fresh momentum to the MFAs continuous efforts to establish a strong and forward looking development cooperation policy through a thorough legislation package. The discussions focused on the future Romanian ODA law and Romanian Development Agency (ROAID), the strategic multiyear programme and the communication, development education and awareness-raising strategy. The consultative process initiated during the last edition was continued, bringing much appreciation from all participants as a prime example of successful cooperation between the government and the civil society.

This edition of the Development Camp offered yet another opportunity to exchange good practices and ideas among the new EU donors, to learn about the latest developments in the EC Multiannual Financial Framework, and various civil society initiatives. 

 

Good practices on social inclusion of former detainees

08.07.2013

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP Romania) continues the series of regional seminars designed to raise awareness on the importance of social integration of former convicts.

In view of the existing difficulties of ex-convicts reintegration into society, UNDP hosted a new seminar in Craiova, on June 4th 2013 that gathered local public authorities, employers and NGOs representatives in order to share best practices that help former prisoners return to communities.

During the meeting, participants shared key ideas, effective approaches and technical assistance procedures in order to encourage and support independent living of former detainees once they leave the prison.

In order to address in sufficient details the challenges and issues that impact social reintegration of former convicts, a few detainees from Craiova penitentiary shared their personal experiences and the main problems they will have to overcome after liberation. The testimonials had a major contribution to breaking down barriers that weaken connections between people in prison and civil society.

 

Inter-Organizational Working Group on Fuel Poverty and Energy Efficiency

28.06.2013

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP Romania), in cooperation with the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration (MRDAP), organized in Bucharest, on 27 June 2013, the 4th session of the Inter-Organizational Working Group established within the UNDP-GEF Project "Improving the Energy Efficiency in Low-Income Households and Communities in Romania".

Representatives of the public administration, business sector, universities and NGOs attended the event, which was designed to bring into debate certain possibilities for integrating the fuel poverty concept into the policy of public administration at national and local level. The main subjects which were brought into discussion concerned:

- The recommendations regarding the fuel poverty, established within the project;

- The methodology for evaluating and defining fuel poverty, as a basis for the development of a future action plan for addressing fuel poverty;

- Possible financial mechanisms for reducing fuel poverty;

- Status of implementation of Energy Efficiency Directive (27/2012) in Romania;

- Status of implementation of Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (31/2010) in Romania.

The main role of the Inter-Organizational Working Group, which acts as a coordinating body for dealing with energy issues in the buildings sector, is to facilitate the elaboration and promotion of policy recommendations for increasing energy efficiency and reducing fuel poverty.

The GEF-financed Project "Improving the Energy Efficiency in Low-Income Households and Communities in Romania" is implemented by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP Romania), in partnership with the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration (MRDAP), the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MMSC), Association of Energy Auditors for Buildings (AAEC) and six local municipalities in Dolj and Huneadoara counties.

 

Training seminar on building entrepreneurial skills in social economy organized in Tirgu Mures

21.06.2013

Tirgu MuresUNDP Romania in partnership with the Center for Institutional Analysis and Development (CADI - Eleutheria), Government of Romania – Department for Interethnic Relations (DRI) and Roma Civic Alliance for Romania (ACRR) organized in Tirgu Mures, between 11-13 June 2013, the regional social economy seminar focused on building entrepreneurial skills in social economy.

The three-day regional seminar was designed to provide basic theoretical concepts of social entrepreneurship and the role of public authorities in the development of social economy models for Roma communities. The targeted participants were social inclusion experts representing local authorities and civil society from the Center Development Region of Romania. They were taught about the benefits and challenges of developing and implementing a social business plan and were familiarized with the growing role of social economy in the inclusion of Roma communities. 

Following the seminar, 33 participants became Certified Professionals in social economy entrepreneurship, and were encouraged to help increase the level of social inclusion of Roma communities in the Central region of Romania.

“Building entrepreneurial skills in social economy” is the forth in a series of six seminars dedicated to strengthening the role of local authorities and civil society in developing social economy models for Roma communities, noting their diversity in terms of culture, social empowerment, education and income generation. The first three seminars took place in Cluj (October 2011), Calarasi (November 2012) and Bacau (March 2013). The following seminars will be held in Drobeta Turnu Severin (11-13 July 2013) and Oradea (September 2013).

 

A new stage in addressing the issue of former detainees reintegration into society and the labor market

10.06.2013

​The United Nations Development Programme in partnership with the National Administration of Penitentiaries launched the "Study regarding the development of an integrated inter-institutional mechanism for the social reintegration of former convicts". The publication was introduced to the public during the conference held at the Radisson Blu hotel in Bucharest, on Friday, May 31st, 2013. The event brought together about 100 participants, experts on social inclusion, public authorities and civil society representatives.

Ensuring continuity of pre and post-liberation interventions by providing probation services with an integrative approach, valuing the resources of  NGOs volunteers and making use of social services at their best, the adoption of a government decision on the cooperation between agencies that include, among others, clear responsibilities for each institution in charge, are only some of the recommendations formulated in the study and presented by Mr. Ion Durnescu, co-author of the publication.

The closing session of the conference provided the guests with the opportunity of engaging in a brief debate on the recommendations of the study. The discussions revealed the need for better inter-institutional cooperation in order to accomplish a sustainable social reintegration of former detainees.

Based on a comparative analysis of patterns and best practices of reintegration in EU states, the "Study regarding the development of an integrated inter-institutional mechanism for the social reintegration of former convicts" was developed as part of the project "The return of former convicts to the labor market and their integration into society", co-financed by the European Social Fund through the Sectorial Operational Programme Human Resources Development 2007-2013. The publication aims to showcase an integrated approach by advancing directions targeting the process and the content of the interventions that have been addressed throughout the study.

 
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