|  2016-04-21

Six projects financed by Norwegian Funds fight against poverty in Romania

“RO 25 – Poverty Alleviation” programme, with up to 20 million Euro funding through the Norway Grants, marks one year since its projects have officially been launched in Romania.

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The six financed projects comprised in the programme focus on the most vulnerable communities, living on the verge of poverty. They combine measures aimed at early childhood education and development, prevention of school dropout, support of social entrepreneurship, provision of medical and legal assistance to community members. Projects also support building of social housings, community centers and social services packages provided to vulnerable people.


The overall objective of this programme is to break the vicious circle of poverty and to reduce the economic disparities in Romania.


The conference held at Bucharest, corresponding to the Annual Meeting of the Programme, brought to the fore, through the voices of direct beneficiaries and project teams, the impact produced through the financed projects both at micro level (families, school) and macro level (community and region). The annual meeting event enjoyed the presence of HE Tove Bruvik Westberg, Norwegian Ambassador to Romania and Moldova, who is not only an Ambassador to her country, but also an ambassador of the “RO 25 – Poverty Alleviation” in Romania, Suzy Yoon, Senior Operation Officer at The World Bank, Europe and Central Asia and Sandie Blanchet, UNICEF Representative in Romania.


The six projects financed in Romania are locally endorsed by global institutions and organizations, NGOs and national authorities such as: UNICEF Romania, Intercommunity Development Association Cluj Metropolitan Area, Roma Educational Fund Romania, The Salvation Army Romania, The Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities and the City of Oslo.


The annual meeting event started with a visit at several project sites that are benefiting from Norwegian funding support:

- The social store SALVATtex located in Bucharest on 26, Victoriei Ave. and the sorting line facility for second hand clothing located in Ploiesti, enabled by Salvation Army Romania. These two facilities are organized as a business and aim at training and developing the work skills of vulnerable individuals living in the deprived communities on the outskirts of Ploiesti city and who are also supported by the Salvation Army community centers. The revenues obtained from the SALVAtex social store by selling the second hand clothing and accessories, will return in the development of further social programmes (mobile medical services, afterschool, counseling). (

- The kindergarten located in Cazanesti, Ialomita county, is one out of the 14 kindergartens included in the “Ready Set Go!” programme developed by the Roma Education Fund Romania in 11 urban and rural localities from 6 Romanian counties, stating the highest share of Roma population of preschool age. The programme aims at improving the early childhood education and development of Roma children aged 0-6, by improving the quality and inclusiveness preschool education. (


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