The North-Vest Network for the participation of marginalized Roma communities in the elaboration, implementation and monitoring of local public policies for inclusive development (N-V NPRP, Romanian acronym RPRP N-V) is an informal civic and academic network created in April 2014.
Its founder members are: Foundation Desire, Cluj; Foundation Ruhama, Oradea; Association Equal Opportunities, Zalău; Humanitarian Association Together for Them, Baia Mare; Community Association of Roma from Coastei, Cluj; Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, and the Faculty for European Studies. At the moment it has an external collaborator: Association Romano Butiq from Bucharest.
The shared vision of the Network is about an inclusive local economic and social development that assures the equal access of all Roma communities, regardless of their social status, assumed cultural traditions and identity options, to decent public services, and as well as their participation in the creation and administration of public resources and decision-making on issues concerning them. Our objective is to produce and disseminate this vision and the know-how as regards solutions responding to diverse local situations and contexts, through connecting local grassroots knowledge with the so-called expert knowledge including the expertise of institutionalized civil society and academics, local public administration, regional, national, European or international institutions.
By using an approach that combines an integrated perspective and equality mainstreaming, we plan accomplishing the following activities:
Professional-institutional development of the Network and the promotion of local and regional good models in policy elaboration, implementation and monitoring
Collection of inter-connected laws, normative acts, administrative procedures affecting diverse domains of life (education and training, housing, healthcare, employment, public administration, discrimination, etc)
Guide of working models as what regards finding and implementing solutions of problems in local contexts (including the description of contexts and problems, activities and results, means of quality assessment, etc)
Assistance for local authorities regarding the elaboration, implementation and monitoring of public policies for marginalized Roma communities framed through integrated policies (guides, trainings)
Participatory research as what regards the elaboration, implementation and monitoring of local public policies with the participation of the affected individuals and groups (designing the methodology; forming the local action groups with the participation of members/delegates of marginalized Roma communities; running participatory activities)
The assessment of the impact of development programs and projects on the targeted communities
Public communication on the identified local needs, activities and their results (towards authorities, the majority population, and Roma communities)
Recommendations for specific guides regarding funds for social inclusion (European Structural Funds, Norwegian funds, etc)
Proposals for legislative changes on national level (housing, social economy, national strategy for social inclusion, national strategy for the social inclusion of Roma etc)