Ongoing projects

Mind the Gap

Is a regional research and advocacy project implemented by a consortium of NGOs from Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary. Project partners are REDI, Romanian Center for European Policies (CRPE), Budapest Institute, Romaversitas, Center for the Study of Democracy and World without Borders. Mind the Gap looks at public policies regarding EU’s Youth Guarantee programme which was designed to tackle the overall rate of youth unemployment.
The project looks primarily at public policies targeting the inclusion/insertion/integration in education, employment or training of youth from a disadvantaged or marginalized background, focusing especially on Roma youth. The aim of Mind the Gap is to support the national and regional employment agencies gain a better understanding of the policies in place, their results and their challenges so as to develop measures which would help vulnerable youth to return to education, employment or training.

REDI and its partners have conducted interviews and research in 10 counties in Romania, gaining valuable insights from:

  • young Roma people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET)
  • representatives of regional employment agencies (AJOFM)
  • employers who collaborate with regional employment agencies and who have hired NEET youth
  • NGOs implementing projects targeting NEET youth, especially Roma youth
  • informal leaders from disadvantaged or marginalized communities
  • local authorities representatives, school principals, social workers from areas with disadvantaged or marginalized communities.

The results of the research will be included in a report which will be sent for consideration to all relevant actors (including but not limited to those who have been interviewed) in implementing public policies targeting the employment, education or training of Roma youth.

Economic Advancement Program

REDI is currently implementing a project in the frame of the Economic Advancement Program (EAP) works to increase economic opportunity in ways that promote inclusive, open and prosperous societies. It seeks to build economic institutions that respect rights and are open to participation, foster a dynamic and accountable private sector, support a vibrant civil society in the economic sphere, and enable individuals and communities to actively shape their own economic outcomes.

REDI Institutional Support

After the set-up of the Romanian entity in 2016, REDI’ s institutional support was scaled up to Macedonia and Serbia. Beside the Asociatia Roma Entrepreneurship Development (Romania), two new NGOs were set-up to enable REDI’s outreach locally in Macedonia (Zdruzenie Inicijativa za Ekonomski Razvoj na Romite) and Serbia (Inicijativa za razvoj preduzetnistva). In order to integrate information effectively, REDI’s field activities are managed by the Field Operations Director based in our hub in Skopje.

Roma Loan Officers – Internship Program for Young Roma in Microfinance Institutions

The Internship Program for Young Roma in Microfinance Institutions is a REDI initiative supported by the Roma Education Fund and a number of microfinance and finance institutions. The main purpose of the internship is to provide on-the-job training for young Roma graduates and allow them to gain knowledge and practical experience about the work of micro-credit financial institutions. The Internship Scheme began its implementation in Macedonia and Serbia with four interns recruited in the period September 2017 – March 2018, and it continued in the same countries in 2018 with the idea to be piloted in Bulgaria, Romania and other countries. 

The Internship Program had essential impact both on our interns’ career opportunities and on the approach of the microfinance institutions toward Roma entrepreneurs.

Please read our interns’ summaries here.

The Internship Program for Young Roma in Microfinance Institutions is an ongoing project which will continue its implementation in the following years. Please consult our website regularly for actual information.

REDI Team Development – Fellowship Program in cooperation with CEU Romani Studies Program

The REDI Team Development is a REDI initiative supported by the Central European University Romani Studies Program. The main purpose of the fellowship is to provide REDI valuable knowledge from CEU graduates trained in economics, law and pubic policy or other fields. The Roma graduates placed in one of the offices of REDI can gain both knowledge and practical experience to complete their research related to Roma empowerment by business development and microfinance. The Fellowship Scheme began its implementation in Macedonia, Belgium and Serbia. 

The Fellowship Program had essential impact both on our fellows’ career opportunities and on the activities of REDI.

The REDI Team Development is an ongoing project which will continue its implementation in the following years. Please consult our website regularly for actual information.