The final conference for the EU funded project “Roma Action (RA) – ”Support to socio-economic inclusion of Roma in BiH through housing, socio-economic measures with proactive participation of local authorities and other stakeholders was held in Sarajevo on 16 December 2015.
The conference was chaired by the Chargé d'Affaires a.i. of the Delegation in B&H Mr. Renzo Daviddi and HWA Director for BiH, Suzana Jašarević and it hosted a number of partners, co-funders, project beneficiaries and guests from domestic institutions.
The EU provided 2.5 million EUR for this project through IPA 2011 funds, and attracted co-funding from local authorities (cities, municipalities and ministries) in the amount of 545.037 EUR.
The project was implemented by Hilfswerk Austria International (HWA), in partnership with ASB and Kali Sara RIC.
In addition to municipalities involved in the project, the project was also financially supported by the Federation Ministry of Displaced Persons and Refugees, Canton Tuzla Minstry of labour, social policy and return, Una-Sana Canton, Zenica Canton Ministry of labour, social policy and refugees.
The project results were presented, all of the objectives were achieved.
149 Roma families in 14 project municipalities moved into new or reconstructed housing units. The total of 86 housing units were reconstructed and 64 were constructed using the principle of social housing in Tuzla, Lukavac, Gračanica, Novo Sarajevo, Centar Sarajevo, Zenica, Bihać, Bosanska krupa, Gornji Vakuf /Uskoplje, Kakanj, Capljina, Bijeljina, Vukosavlje and Zvornik. The housing component encompassed the total of 569 persons, out of which 264 are children.
More than 100 Roma families now have improved living conditions as a result of infrastructure reconstruction. Eleven Roma families have increased opportunities of economic inclusion through sustainability measures.
Better social inclusion has been made possible for more than 300 Roma families through the promotion of education on registering citizens, access to education, employment and health care. The capacity of 14 Roma associations active in project municipalities has been improved.
Following the catastrophic floods in May 2014, emergency aid - parcels with food and sanitary products were delivered to Bijeljina, Tuzla, Vukosavlje and Kakanj.
Over 1200 persons have been directly supported by this action.