Get Closer to Communities – Autonómia

Get Closer to Communities

2016-01-01 -
Development Training

The project is based on Autonomia’s earlier evaluation of the implementation of the National Roma Integration Strategy’s (NRIS) in Hungary and on the experiences of project generation with local project promoters.

In the project we help the implementation of the Strategy’s objectives, the effective use of EU development funds for integration projects at local level.


Short term

Involving 10 local Roma communities, settlements/authorities and completing the following:

  • Analysis of the fulfilment of anti-discrimination principles at each settlement
  • Facilitating more efficient local actions;
  • On the basis of the analysis of the involved settlements compiling recommendations to the NRIS which helps better and smarter local projects and implementation.



Selection of Roma coordinators and locations
Recruiting Roma coordinators from our already existing network.

Selection of new localities from the vicinity of the regions served by the coordinators.

Capacity building
Training and supporting new Roma activist from the new localities on community project planning and integration.

Field visits to exemplary initiatives of Roma integration.

Project generation locally
Roma coordinators in their region and in the new settlements will

–   analyse inclusion strategies and recent projects of the localities, identify possibilities, and project ideas of the communities;

–   facilitate local communities with basic project planning, distribute information to possible beneficiaries, build partnerships, and ensure participation of the Roma.

Core staff: supervise and mentor the work of the coordinators and methodological tasks.


Policy making, dissemination
Case studies on the implemented project and analysis on the results and prevail of anti-discrimination strategies.

Summary study will be prepared with recommendations.

Workshops organised for mayors and decision makers and international actors on the method and results and recommendations.


Type and number of persons benefiting from the project

Direct target group: Roma and non-Roma people of the involved settlements (20,000), authorities (50), mayors (10), elected members of the local self-governments (30) and NGOs (min 50).

Indirect target group: staff of state agencies working with NRIS (25) and decision makers at national level (300).


Expected results

Local municipalities and Roma NGOs, communities, state agencies, international community / Roma and pro-Roma organisations benefit from the project.

The importance of community planning and use of anti-discrimination directives become standard practice at localities.

The local projects will better contribute to the anti-discrimination strategy of the EU and the implementation of the NRIS.


Type and number of outputs to be produced

  • 10 local Partnerships;
  • 10 case studies on local developments
  • 60 local actors trained in community project planning
  • 10 projects developed by the community based project planning to be submitted to EU calls, in the value of EUR 300,000;
  • facilitating at least one local initiative at each settlements
  • participants of the project (peer visits, training courses – experts of municipalities, Roma activists, pro-Roma NGO experts) (min. 60 persons);
  • 3 regional workshops;
  • participants at workshops (45 persons)
  • policy paper with exact recommendations;
  • national level dissemination (one policy paper with recommendation and one meeting in Budapest)
  • European level dissemination event (with min 20 participants).

policy recommendations:

policy recommendations – long version

policy recommendations – short version


“With financial support from the “Rights, Equality and Citizenship” Programme of the European Union”


  • Települési Önkormányzatok Országos Szövetsége
  • European Roma Grassroots Organisations


  • Európai Unió, DG Justice