07.11.2019Be the Change! Youth Exchange for Young Entrepreneurs

48 young people, Roma and non-Roma, from Bulgaria, Albania, Belgium, CzechRepublic, Hungary, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Romania learnt from each other and exchanged ideas in the field of entrepreneurship. They have spent almost 10 days together (from 25 October to 3 November) in Arbanasi during the Erasmus+ youth exchange project “Be the Change!”. The main topics of the youth exchange were “Entrepreneurship in Roma communities”, “Possibilities for funding a business plan”, “Promotion and selling”, and “Creating a presenting...

24.10.2019Preparation of operational programs for the new programming period begins

The Amalipe Center will participate in the working groups on the preparation of the new Operational Programs Science and Education, Human Resources Development and Regional Development. The chairman of the organization Deyan Kolev was elected as a representative of the organizations working for social inclusion of the integration of marginalized groups in the working group for the preparation of the new operational program Science and Education. In accordance with the Decree of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria 142/2019 for the development of the strategic...

20.10.2019Workshop on future policies for Roma

A post-2020 EU initiative on Roma equality and inclusion is needed to make more progress. It should address antigypsyism, discrimination and socio-economic inclusion simultaneously. The revised EU Framework  and new Council recommendation should include a stronger focus on fighting antigypsyism, strengthening the monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of the National Roma Integration Strategies, empowering civil society and Roma participation. In respect of content, a broadened approach to equality and inclusion is needeed, where fighting antigypsyism is an additional...

18.10.2019Bulgarian civil society groups: Improvements in Roma education, deterioration in access to housing and rise of antigypsyism

The recently-released second Roma Civil Monitor (RCM) report on the implementation of Bulgaria’s National Roma Integration Strategy (NRIS) relates that the first RCM report in 2017 was given significant diplomatic and political attention. The process of researching the second report endeavored to develop the capacity of Roma organizations to monitor policy implementation and then to advocate for effective policy both locally and nationally based on the findings. The authors note that Bulgaria’s Roma community and the Roma movement itself are not homogenous, either...

11.10.2019From the eye of the storm: Why parents from the village Sotiria, Sliven didn’t pick up their kids from school?

Due to the circumstance, which I wouldn’t have appointed as accidental, schools from the Amalipe Center network, as well as representatives of the Organization, found themselves in Sliven on the day of a violent storm over dropping children out of school as a result of malicious rumors, distributed among gypsy parents - not by accident. We talked to worried parents from Sotirya village, located near Sliven, and we saw what bothers people or at least what they were told, to worry them. What arguments can reassure them, and how important school is as a factor, to overcome...
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