Update and steps forward: the 3rd meeting of the ERGO Members

22 September 2016

ERGO Network brought together its co-workers from Romania, Hungary, Czech Republic and Bulgaria for the 3rd working meeting under the Annual Working Program (AWP) 2016 on the 20-21 September in Brussels.

The aim of the meeting was to exchange the good practices and challenges that they are encountering on the work done under the AWP 2016.  On the first day, special attention was given to the work that is carried under the contract with ERGO for the Community Local Led Development (CLLD). The ERGO team facilitated the meeting and helped the members to map out the challenges and together with their partners to find  solutions for a better collaboration and implementation of the CLLD on the ground.

Furthermore, special emphasis was given to the Roma coalition building and the ways that those coalitions are being created at the national and regional level. For example in the Czech Republic, the Roma coalition strengthens its position and become a partner for the Roma Coordination Unit. In Romania, the coalition taken over by our partner Nevo Parudimos ,Roma Forum, is already in good terms with the National Federation of the Action Local Groups and advocate for the participation of Roma people in Local Action Group (LAGs).

The most challenging issues when comes to the development and participation of the Roma people in the CLLD process through the LAGs, identified by our members  in all the countries are Trust in the NGOS and Institutions in charge and the political environment.

On the second day, special focus was put on the methodology and guidance how our members should carry their research papers “interview Roma beneficiaries of ESF supported projects” and policy papers for the remaining year. The objective of the research is to capture the views of beneficiaries of (training) projects – which is mostly missing from regular project and program evaluations. The research is to provide an indication of the longer term impact of such projects on the individuals taking part as well as give an idea of the quality of the projects.

In addition, the ERGO members were updated with the ongoing work of ERGO at European level and together we planned further steps for the future.




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