History (1996-2014)

Established in the city of Cluj, Romania as a non-profit organization in 1996.


Its concept and programs resulted from the co-operation between scholars and experts working on different domains of social sciences and within civic organizations.



In 1996 Desire Foundation was established with the aim to develop a network that links governmental institutions and civil society organizations, in particular universities and non-academic organizations. Through the platforms that it initiated and/or contributed to, our foundation had a role in raising, by innovative means, the awareness and sensibility of a diverse public towards critical issues of multiculturalism and social inequalities.  Since then, the foundation conducts research, runs teaching programs and produces publications related to these subjects, sustains civic participation on public life, defends human rights by the means of different programs and actions, and supports the access of marginalized people to justice.


  • To promote and effectively do interdisciplinary and critical research on the social, economic, political and cultural life of socialist and post-socialist Romania
  • To offer educational programs for students on domains hardly developed and institutionalized at higher education units from Romania (like socio-cultural anthropology, gender/feminist studies, cultural studies, disciplines that have a high potential of social criticism)
  • To organize seminars, summer schools, workshops, conferences at national and international level mainly on issues like: democratic political culture, nationalism, multiculturalism, visual communication, management of conflicts, gender relations, social inequalities, human rights etc
  • To develop information and counseling programs on issues related to different aspects of Romania’s post-socialist transformations, among them social inequalities and exclusion, human rights, discrimination, equal opportunities and inclusion
  • To publish books, journals and papers on social sciences, committed to the production of socially accountable knowledge
  • To contribute to the formation of an inclusive society, and to social activism against injustice and inequalities
  • To support the access of marginalized persons to justice via the means of strategig litigation on the domain of housing



Institutions and Everyday Life in the City of Cluj/ Kolozsvár
An anthropological research done on the city’s political and cultural institutions and aspects of everyday life. It involved a group of students from Babes-BolyaiUniversity and four scholars. The yearlong study resulted in a data-base on Cluj and several case studies. The investigation was done with the support of Foundation Teleki from Budapest.

Basic Concepts and Methods in Cultural Anthropology
An educational program that included a course development and a teaching process, and it was offered for a group of students from Babes-BolyaiUniversity selected through competition. Courses on political anthropology, ethnicity and interethnic relations, field methods in cultural anthropology, visual theory and practice were developed and offered in the academic year 1996-1997. Program supported by Illyes Foundation (Budapest) as part of a network of programs offered for the most excellent students on philosophy, literature, psychology, sociology and cultural anthropology.

Women and Men in East European Transition
A summer school and workshop co-organized with the Faculty of European Studies, Cluj, Romania, the Cultural Anthropology Program of Janus Pannonius University, Pecs, Mona Foundation, Budapest. With the participation of faculty, researchers and students from Central and Eastern Europe, and of scholars from Western Europe and USA. Organized in July 1996, with the support of the East East Program of Soros Foundation, UNESCO Paris, and Neuman Foundation, Budapest.


How to study cultural encounters? The case of migration
Methodological training co-organized with the Master’s Program on Cultural Anthropology, Cluj and the Cultural Anthropology Program of Janus Pannonius University, Pecs. For students on cultural anthropology from Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania and Janus Pannonius University, Pecs, Hungary. Faculty from the two universities and from the University of California Los Angels participated as well. Organized in August 1997 with the support of the East East Program of Soros Foundation.

“Carpathian Project” – Inter-ethnic Relation in Romania, Slovakia and Hungary
A comparative research on interethnic relations in the Carpathian region, done in a co-operation with sociologists from EötvösLórándUniversity, Budapest, and from Babes-BolyaiUniversity, Cluj, with the financial support of UNESCO



Information and Documentation Centre for Gender Studies
The first step in our effort to put on the infra-structural bases of an office that opens up to local non-governmental organizations, and links scholars and activists working on the domain of women’s interests. Project supported by the Small Grant Program of “Gender and Culture”, Central European University.

The Hungarian Educational System in Romania
An empirical research on Hungarian educational institutions from, including a survey and in-depth interviews. Financed by Illyés Foundation, Budapest



 Women in Civil Society
A workshop organized in May with the participation of faculty from Babes-Bolyai University and representatives of non-governmental organizations from the city of Cluj interested to promote women on different sites of society. As part of the program presented above, the workshop was sponsored

Fighting against Racism
A workshop organized in May, as a result of the co-operation between Foundation Desire and the Tranzit House from Cluj, a centre for alternative contemporary art. With the participation of scholars, faculty and representatives of Rroma organizations and of national and international organizations working on human rights. The event was sponsored by the Ministry for the Protection of National Minorities, Romania.



Centre for Equal Opportunities
The formal establishment of the centre was the result of the former activities of our foundation.

Dialog for the Development of a Gender Perspective
The program was run with the support of the Soros Foundation for an Open Society, Romania. The six month long project involved a group of students from different universities of Cluj, a group of faculty from Babes-Bolyai University and some women who made carrier on different public domains in our city.

Reconsidering the 8th of March
Alongside several non-governmental organizations from Cluj (Artemis Centre, the Centre for Gender Studies, the French Cultural Centre and Tranzit Foundation) we initiated the celebration of the International Women’s Day. The program included a round-table discussion (“Feminist movements from an East European perspective”), a day-long public event entitled “Women for Equal Opportunities” (that involved fifteen NGOs), the first meeting of an academic seminar called “Seminar for Feminist Research”, programs on local radios, and the first meeting of the program “Dialog for the development of a gender perspective”.

Partnership against Ethnic and Sexual Discrimination
A one-year long program financed by the Resource Centre for Ethno-Cultural Diversity from Cluj, accomplished in a co-operation with the Foundation for Equal Opportunities for Women from Iasi, Romania. Included an empirical research on women’s and men’s condition in the multiethnic city of Cluj (consisting of a sociological survey, in-depth interviews, focus group and talk show), publication of the research results, and workshops in Cluj and Iasi. The program addresses the relationship between ethnicity and gender, and between ethnic and sexual discrimination.

Development of a University Program on ‘Gender, Society, Culture’
This program was developed and is accomplished by the Interdisciplinary Group for Gender Studies of the Institute for Cultural Anthropology at the Faculty of European Studies, that aims to develop a teaching and structural capacity on gender studies at Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj. Foundation Desire is responsible for the administrative aspects of the project.

Representation of Inter-Ethnic Relations in Political Discourses and in Everyday Life
A team-research accomplished by sociologists and anthropologists from Babes-Bolyai University, financed by the National Agency for Research, Technology and Innovation, Bucharest

Desire Press
The establishment of the publishing house of our Foundation under the directorate of Ovidiu Pecican, that aims to publish original works, conference materials and translations on social sciences, in particular on social and cultural, historical and visual anthropology, feminist studies and cultural studies.



Partnership against Ethnic and Sexual Discrimination
Continuing and finalizing the project started in August 2000

Development of a University Program on ‘Gender, Society, Culture’
Continuing to administer the project started in 2000

Another March
A two-day long program organized to celebrate International Women’s Day. A public event at Tranzit House from Cluj, including a talk show on “Women’s Role in Transgressing Ethnic Boundaries”, a roundtable discussion on “Representations of Female Bodies”, two artistic exhibitions, and film screening. With the support of the Foundation Pro Helvetia – Bucuresti Antenna, of the Resource Centre for Ethno-Cultural Diversity from Cluj, the French Cultural Centre from Cluj, and the Tranzit Foundation from the same city. Publishing the brochure “Another March”.

Desire Press
Prezenţe feminine. Studii despre femei în România (Female Occurences. Women’s Studies in Romania), edited by Ghizela Cosma, Enikő Magyari-Vincze and Ovidiu Pecican;

Femei şi bărbaţi în Clujul Multietnic (Women and Men in the Multiethnic Cluj), edited by Enikő Magyari-Vincze



Development of a University Program on ‘Gender, Society, Culture’
Continuing to administer the project started in 2000

Female Presences
A two-day long program organized to celebrate International Women’s Day at the Tranzit House from Cluj, including public lectures on “Women’s Movement/ Women’s Day – East and West”, a roundtable discussion on “Women in Politics”, a workshop on “Partnership against Discrimination”, and several artistic programs. ith the support of the Foundation Pro Helvetia – Bucuresti Antenna, of the French Cultural Centre, the Finnish Cultural Centre “Sindan”, and the Tranzit Foundation from Cluj.

Desire Press
Enikő Magyari-Vincze: Diferenţa care contează. Diversitatea social-culturală prin lentila antropologiei feministe (Difference Matters. Socio-Cultural Diversity through the Lenses of Feminist Anthropology)

Enikő Magyari-Vincze: Talking Feminist Institutions. Interviews with Leading European Scholars


Women’s Work
Celebrating International Women’s Day at the Tranzit House. The program included a roundtable discussion on “What kinds of work? Which woman?” with the participation of activists and academics, including  senior and junior scholars, book presentations, an exhibition and a spectacle entitled “Wondering Woman”.

Renegotiating socio-cultural identities in the post-socialist Eastern Europe
A conference co-organized between 28-30 of June together with the Institute for Cultural Anthropology and the Interdisciplinary Group for Gender Studies from Babes-Bolyai University, and with the Foundation for Visual Anthropology from Sibiu. The conference had participants from Eastern and Western Europe and from the United States working on gender studies and cultural anthropology, and beside the plenary sessions and the thematic panels included an exhibition entitled “(Per)forming  Identities”, film screenings and book presentations. The resulting book Performing Identities was published in 2004 (Cluj: EFES).

Desire Press
Enikő Magyari-Vincze and Petruţa Mîndruţ (cords.): Gen, Societate şi Cultură. Cursuri universitare in studii de gen, (Gender, Society and Culture), two volumes, including university course materials developed by the Interdisciplinary Group for Gender Studies at Babeş-BolyaiUniversity


Until violence stops
Celebrating International Women’s Day at the Tranzit House. Co-organized with Artemis Centre against Violence against Women. Included a roundtable discussion on sexuality and power, a lecture on nationalism and violence against women, fragments from the film Vagina monologues followed by discussions.

Reproduction, abortion and contraception
Anthropological research in Hunedoara county with the support of the Society for Contraceptive and Sexual Education from Cluj.


Feminist nights
A series of events organized in the Tranzit House by gender studies graduates coordinated by Viorela Ducu-Foamete, including film screenings followed by discussions.

Desire Press
Henrietta Moore: Anthropology and feminism, Romanian translation by Petruţa Mîndruţ


The research of cultures across borders
Workshop with the participation of anthropologists from Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania and from four anthropology departments from Hungary (Pecs University, Miskolc University, Corvinus University and ELTE) with the support of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Teaching gender in Eastern Europe
Workshop with the participation of the members from the Centre for Gender Studies of Babes-Bolyai University, from the Department of Anthropology at the Goldsmith College University of London, from the Research Center for Gender Studies at Sussex University and the Department of Gender Studies at Central European University, Budapest with the support of the Higher Education Support Program

Desire Press
Publication in Hungarian language of four textbooks on cultural anthropology (Feminist anthropology between principles and practices by Enikő Magyari-Vincze; Theories in socio-cultural anthropology by Nándor Magyari; Visual communication by Csilla Könczei; Economic anthropology by Gyula Kozák)


Academic cultures and the feminist critique
Co-organizing together with the Centre for Gender Studies the international conference on the politics of gender inside and outside the academia, on the power regimes of universities and the feminist participation, and on the feminist knowledge production and social change.


Equality through difference. Roma women’s access to the labor market
Partnering on a project funded by the European Social Fund and coordinated by the Association of Roma Women ‘For Our Children’ from Timisoara. In the consortium formed by six partner organizations Foundation Desire had an important role in conceiving and writing the project. The project started in November 2008 and ended in October 2011. Below we present the products realized within this project by the project staff of Foundation Desire.


Products within the project “Equality through difference. Roma women’s access to the labor market”
– Elaborating and publishing the 2009 project poster and booklet  (in Romanian)
– Elaborating and publishing training materials (equal opportunities and non-discrimination on the labor market; intercultural communication; Roma cultures)

– Participating on training addressing authorities, media and NGO representatives

– Experiences of work and discrimination in the case of Roma. Research report on focus groups (in Romanian)

– The work of Roma. Research report on the survey (in Romanian)

– Report on the analysis of public policies for Roma (in Romanian)

– Editing and publishing the first issue of “Roma Women’s Journal. Nevi Sara Kali” (in Romanian and English); published at the Publishing House of Desire Press

– Project video-clip

– Shooting and editing the first project year’s film “A project for social justice” (in Romanian, with English subtitle)


Products within the project “Equality through difference. Roma women’s access to the labor market”
– Elaborating and publishing the 2010 project poster and booklet (in Romanian)

– Participating on trainings addressing authorities, media and NGO representatives

– Final report on the qualitative study “Experiences of work” with recommendations regarding policies and projects for Roma  (in Romanian)

– Editing and publishing the second issue of “Roma Women’s Journal. Nevi Sara Kali” (in English); published at the Publishing House of Desire Press

– Shooting and editing the second project year’s film “Striving for dignity” (in Romanian, with English subtitle)

Activist work “Against Roma ghettoization in Cluj”, together with Association Amare Phrala (petitions, open letters, causes)


Products within the project Equality through difference. Roma women’s access to the labor market
– Elaborating and publishing the 2011 project poster and booklet (in Romanian)

– The possibilities and limits of programs offering vocational training for disadvantaged Roma. Research report on focus groups (in Romanian)

– Study on the labor force market. Final report (in Romanian)

– Editing and publishing the third issue of the “Roma Women’s Journal. Nevi Sara Kali” in cooperation with Roma Women’s Association for Our Children (in English); published at the Publishing House of Desire Press

– Editing and publishing the “Project Album. Equality through difference” (in Romanian, with English summary); published at the Publishing House of Desire Press

– Editing and publishing the project research volume “Roma women’s and men’s access to decent work. Everyday life, policies and projects” (in Romanian, with a detailed English summary); published at the Publishing House of Desire Press

– Organizing and participating on the project public debates

– Participating on the organization of the closing project conference “Roma women for equal opportunities”

and on elaborating and dissemination its conclusions,
https://www.desire-ro.eu/?attachment_id=180 (in English and Romanian)

– Shooting and editing the third project year’s film “Towards recognition through self-esteem” (in Romanian with English subtitle)

– Proposal for the Romanian Government regarding the establishment of an Institute for Equal Opportunities and Social Inclusion (in English and Romanian)

Initiating the formation of the Working Group of Civil Society Organizations (Grupul de Lucru al Organizatiilor Civice, gLOC, www.gloc.ro), in cooperation with Association Amare Prhala, and conducting actions against evictions and residential segregation in Cluj (street protests, sport and artistic programs for children, petitions, open letters, support for communities, support for international organizations acting on the behalf of people from Pata Rat)

I am Roma, I want to live in dignity, street protestvideoclip, 19 ianuarie 2011, Cluj, by Ildikó Plájás

Elaborating a project proposal “Anti-racist solidarity for decent housing” (for the call of Open Society Initiatives Challenging and changing negative attitudes towards Roma)


Initiating and participating on gLOC activities 

Elaborating two new project proposals:
– “Building together and inclusive city” (for the call of Swiss Thematic Fund. Participation of Civil Society. Grants for NGOs), in cooperation with the activist network of ACRR, and artists from AltArt and Sala Mica, Cluj

– “Children from Pata Rat for a responsible city (a project with the participation of people from Pata Rat, for a call of EuroGSM)

Involvement as Romanian partner on the international research “Faces and Causes of Roma marginalization. Tools and methods for evaluation and data collection”.  Coordinated by the Research Centre for Economic and Regional Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and the Centre for Policy Studies at Central
European University. Supported by United Nations Development Program, Bratislava (December 2012 – June 2013)


Integrated housing program for marginalized communities, including Roma. The case of Pata Rat, Cluj-Napoca. RECOMMENDATIONS TO ROMANIAN PUBLIC AUTHORITIES, January 2013
This text is a compilation of the documents elaborated by its author, president of Foundation Desire, founder member of the Working Group of Civil Society Organizations (Grupul de Lucru al Organizatiilor Civice, www.gloc.ro) in 2012.

Briefing to the Romanian Government on the right to adequate housing with regard to the marginalized Romani communities, January 2013
This text was jointly issued and presented to ministries of the Romanian government by Amnesty International, the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) and Foundation Desire.

Bugetarea participativă – instrument al dezvoltării urbane incluzive, februarie 2013
În luna ianuarie 2013 un reprezentant al Fundației Desire a participat la lucrările Grupului de Lucru pentru Buget Participativ desfășurate la primăria municipiului Cluj-Napoca. Pe lângă documentul principal și anexele sale elaborate în comun, la finalul acestui demers participanții au prezentat primarului într-o anexă separată și pozițiile lor individuale față de problematică și modul în care ea a fost abordată cu această ocazie. În acest context, Fundația Desire a prezentat acest document.

Participatory budgeting and social inclusion, February 2013
Ideas of this text were presented at the session “The Citizen-Municipal Interface – the Key to More Inclusive and Sustainable Urbanization” organized within the Sustainable Development Network Week by the World Bank in Washington on the 28th of February 2013.

Propuneri privind bugetarea politicilor locale de incluziune și coeziune socială și teritorială. Cazul zonei de locuire defavorizată Pata Rât, martie 2013
Cu ocazia participării la dezbaterile publice organizate de Primăria Cluj-Napoca între 5-8 martie 2013 cu privire la proiectul de buget al municipiului pe anul 2013, am prezentat câteva considerente generale și particulare în legătură cu abordarea fenomenului excluziunii sociale manifestat în orașul nostru printre altele prin formarea zonei de locuire defavorizate din Pata Rât.  A rezultat acest document.

Mesaj și performance cu ocazia Zilei Internaționale a Mediului, Cluj, 5 iunie 2013

Comunități marginalizate de romi și abordarea integrată a dezvoltării socio-teritoriale, iunie 2013
Propuneri către Ministerul Muncii, Familiei, Protecției Sociale și Persoanelor Vârstnice, Ministerul Dezvoltării Regionale și Administrației Publice, Ministerul Fondurilor Europene,  Agenția Națională pentru Romi, Punctul Național de Contact pentru Implementarea Strategiei pentru Romi privind corelarea politicilor dedicate incluziunii sociale a romilor cu politicile mainstream de incluziune socială și cu planul de utilizare a fondurilor europene în perioada 2014-2020

Phase 3 of the research Faces and causes of Roma marginalization in Local Settings, Contextual inquiry to the UNDP/World Bank/EC Regional Roma Survey 2011, focusing on Hungary, Romania, Serbia. A joint initiative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Open Society Foundation’s Roma Initiatives Office (RIO) and the Making the Most of EU Funds for Roma Inclusion program, and the Central European University/Center for Policy Studies (CEU CPS). Funding bodies: Foundation Open Society Institute, Duration of Project:  May 2013 – June 2014.

Projects submitted to ONG Funds in Romania, July-August 2013

Observații pe marginea Planului de dezvoltare a Regiunii Nord-Vest pentru perioada 2014-2020, September 2013,

Prevenirea și combaterea evacuărilor forțate ca instrument pentru eliminarea marginalizării sociale, Recomandări către Guvernul României, October, 2013

Scrisoare deschisă către Primăria Municipiului Baia Mare, October 2013

CLUJ – ORAS INCLUZIV (propunere pentru Strategia Cluj 2020)
În perioada septembrie-decembrie 2013 un grup de universitari, cercetători, analiști politici și funcționari publici, membrii ai unor organizații neguvernamentale, printre ei și ai Fundației Desire, în cadrul procesului de  construire a strategiei de dezvoltare a orașului Cluj de după 2014, au colaborat în vederea elaborării propunerii privind dezideratul incluziunii sociale.

Invitația Grupului de Lucru al Organizațiilor Civice la evenimentele organizate pe 17.12.2013 în noua colonie din Pata Rât formată datorită acțiunilor administrative ale primăriei și în urma evacuării fprțate de pe strada Coastei.

Based on the long version of the final Romanian report accomplished  in June 2013 within the contextual inquiry Faces and Causes of Roma marginalization. Tools and methods for evaluation and data collection (December 2012 – June 2013), conducted in Romania by Foundation Desire, a scholarly article with the title Mapping Roma Marginalization in Local Contexts was published in the Special issue of Studia UBB Sociologia (Volume 58 (LVIII) 2013, December, Issue 2), pp. 111-155.    


Grupul de Lucru al Organizațiilor Civice salută verdictul Curții de Apel Cluj privind evacuarea forțată  de pe strada Coastei și relocarea în Pata-Rât, în locuințe de necesitate substandard, a celor 76 de familii clujene, majoritatea de etnie romă, în 17 Decembrie 2010 (familii reprezentate de un avocat contractat de European Roma Rights Center).

«Despăgubirile pentru prejudiciul moral creat» și «obligarea pârâților de a pune la dispoziția reclamanților locuințe adecvate» sunt două aspecte majore ale revendicării privind redobândirea demnității umane și cetățenești pe care, susținând comunitatea, am adresat-o autorităților prin diverse mijloace de-a lungul celor trei ani de după evacuarea și re-locarea ei forțată în Pata Rât. Această revendicare acum a dobândit o forță legală, dar ea va trebui impusă până când decidenții în mod efectiv vor aduce deciziile politice și administrative și vor mobiliza resursele financiare necesare. Decizia Curții de Apel Cluj este crucială dincolo de cazul «Pata Cluj – Napoca Rât» și, cred eu, completează frumos solidaritățile create la nivelul societății civile locale, dar nu numai, pentru un oraș incluziv și intolerant față de rasism și nedreptăți sociale. În România de azi, care în multe zone ale sale cunoaște evacuări forțate și deposedări de diverse drepturi, o astfel de decizie este fenomenală, pentru că reamintește tuturor că statul este responsabil față de toți cetățenii săi, răspunde și el în fața legii și trebuie să repare greșelile comise. Pur și simplu: mă bucur enorm!”, prof. univ. Enikő Vincze, membră gLOC


Participare la finalizarea propunerii către Strategia de dezvoltare a orașului Cluj pentru 2014-2020 (Cluj 2020 – oraș incluziv) și promovarea/ diseminarea acestui document. Februarie 2014

Analiza activităților și rezultatelor Fundației Desire în anul 2013 și definirea Intențiilor sale pentru anul 2014. Intensions of Foundation Desire for 2014. Martie 2014

In English

Publicarea unui Manual de proiecte nefinanțate pentru incluziunea socio-teritorială a comunităților marginalizate de romi. Martie 2014

Summary on the results of Phase 2 of the contextual inquiry Faces and causes of Roma marginalization. Tools and methods of data collection and evaluation. A joint initiative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Open Society Foundation’s Roma Initiatives Office (RIO) and the Making the Most of EU Funds for Roma Inclusion program, and the Central European University/Center for Policy Studies (CEU CPS). Coordinated in Romania by Foundation Desire. March 2014

Sesizare și solicitare informații publice, către Primăria Municipiului Cluj-Napoca cu privire la efectele de marginalizare socială ale unei evacuări forțate posibile de pe strada Stephenson nr. 15 din Cluj. Martie și aprilie 2014
https://www.desire-ro.eu/?attachment_id=726, https://www.desire-ro.eu/?attachment_id=781, https://www.desire-ro.eu/?attachment_id=782

Alături de Asociația Comunitară a Romilor din Coastei. Co-organizator al evenimentului Activismul rom din Cluj, organizat cu ocazia Zilei Internaționale a Romilor. Aprilie 2014

Alături de Frontul Comun pentru Dreptul la Locuire.
– Participare la Forumul pentru Justitiție Locativă, București, martie 2014
– Participare la evenimentul organizat simultan în Cluj și Bucuresti, Locuințe, nu umilințe! 10 aprilie 2014

Fundația Desire, printre membrii fondatori ai Rețelei Nord-Vest pentru participarea comunităților marginalizate de romi la elaborarea, implementarea și monitorizarea politicilor publice locale pentru dezvoltare incluzivă (RPRP N-V). Aprilie 2014

Foundation Desire, among the founder members of 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). April 2014

Documentul de constituire: în limba  română.
Founding document: in English

Co-editing and promoting the on-line publication “Housing Rights for All. Roma activism in Cluj.” April 2014

Susținerea Comunității Coastei în acțiunea prin care aceasta a participat la Caravana Transeuropa, a cărei prim moment, în 25 aprilie a fost cunoașterea activismului local din Pata Rât, Cluj-Napoca. Mesajul din partea comunității Coastei trimis prin Transeuropa Caravan tuturor celor care au elaborat Citizen Manifesto, celor care participă la Caravană, dar și decidenților de la diverse nivele (inclusiv europarlamentarilor vechi și noi) a fost conceput de Andrei Szabo (17), pictat împreună cu Linda Greta.

viata decenta pentru fiecare

Sharing the message of the Common Front for Housing Rights, collaboratively created by colleagues from Cluj and Bucharest, and promoted through the Transeuropa Caravan. April 2014.

September 2014 – March 2016

ROMEDIN – Education for social justice and inclusion (Socio-educational services for Roma inclusion) was implemented in Cluj-Napoca, funded through the 2009-2014 SEE Grants, NGO Fund in Romania, by Desire Foundation for Social Reflection and Openness in partnership with ARTEMIS – Women’s Association against Violence, TRANZIT Foundation, Community Association of Roma from Coastei, the Social Work Department of the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work at Babeș-Bolyai, the Cluj County School Inspectorate and Cluj-Napoca Municipality. The project unfolds between 15 September 2014 and 14 March 2016.  ROMEDIN unfolded through six separate but interconnected activities presented in this summary. English pages, Romanian pages


Actions for housing justice, 2015
Between October 2015 and February 2016 – in its organizational, administrative and consultative capacity – Foundation Desire provided support for the implementation of the local action plans developed in Aiud and Cluj-Napoca in the framework the Local Engagement for Roma Inclusion program, a multiannual program of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights. The major actions through which the local action groups from Cluj-Napoca and Aiud formed under LERI documented – on the one hand – the needs of marginalized people produced by housing exclusion, and – on the other hand – the ways how local public administration responds to these, are noticed here.


Justice for Roma through the legal enforcement of housing rights (Cantonului street, Cluj, Romania), Căși sociale ACUM! Social housing NOW! campaign, March 2016 – February 2017, with the support of Human Rights Initiative/ Open Society Foundations

The main goal of the project is to elaborate and implement a model of intervention that applies and promotes a social justice- and rights-based approach towards housing at local level, but which also has an impact on national legislation, all this starting from addressing the deprived and precarious housing condition of Roma dwellers of Cantonului street situated in the marginalized Pata Rât area of Cluj-Napoca. As part of the project its team launched the campaign for social housing Căși sociale acum! in May 2016.

Consult us! Roma are not garbage (Consultați-ne! Romii nu sunt gunoaie), activitățile și produsele campaniei – the activities and products of the campaign, September – December 2016, with the support of Roma Initiatives Office/ Open Society Foundations 

Desire Foundation in partnership with Community Association of Roma from Coastei and with emerging groups of Roma activists from Cantonului street and from Dallas colony aims to initiate an advocacy group that fights against environmental racism as a form of anti-Gypsysm, and demands safe guarding measures and consultations with the affected people in the case of infrastructural investments, such as the construction of the new landfills nearby the Pata Rat dwelling areas.