Gender Alternatives becomes part of a pilot project ‘Capacity building for Roma civil society and strengthening its involvement in the monitoring of national Roma integration strategies’. The pilot project is managed by the European Commission, Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers (DG Justice). It is coordinated by the Central European University (CEU), in partnership with the European Roma Grassroots Organisations Network (ERGO), the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC), the Fundación Secretariado Gitano (FSG) and the Roma Education Fund (REF).

 The objective of the pilot project is to contribute to strengthening the monitoring mechanisms of the implementation of the national Roma integration strategies through systematic civil society monitoring. The additional value of civil society monitoring comes from the independent status and the field experience of participating NGOs. The pilot project aims to enhance civil society monitoring in two key ways: by developing the policy monitoring capacities of civil society actors, and by supporting the preparation of high-quality, comprehensive annual civil society monitoring reports.

The monitoring shall focus on how the national Roma integration strategies of EU member states are implemented. It shall cover 9 thematic fields and horizontal issues: governance, education, employment, health care, housing, anti-discrimination, addressing antigypsyism, participation of Roma and gender equality.

We are thrilled to be part of this initiative. Our application was chosen among 89 other applicantions. Overall, 10 Bulgarian NGOs are chosen, which are: Amalipe Center for Interethnic Dialogue and Tolerance, Gender Alternatives Foundation, Indy Roma 97 Social Foundation, Knowledge Association Lovech, Largo Association, National Network for Children, Resource Centre for Education and Culture SHAM, Roma Academy for Culture and Education,  Roma Foundation ‘Iskra’, World Without Borders.