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Extended Black Sea region

The Black Sea extended region is one of the priority regions for Romanian development assistance. Romania has been financing projects in this region in order to contribute to alleviating poverty, as well as improving the capacity of civil society,foster sustainable democratic institutions and improve economic development.

Since 2007, the number of priority countries for Romanian development assistance has been continuously increasing (see the Strategic Framework). Currently, for the period 20012-2015, Romanian institutions support 6 countries from the Wider Black Sea region: Belarus,Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan and the Republic of Moldova (also see the map below). 

In order to achieve its objectives and further RoAid’s mission in the region, the line institutions have been financing either bilateral projects, or regional and thematic projects in the Wider Black Sea Region. 

Find out more about RoAid contribution in the Republic of Moldova on the dedicated page


Regional projects

The first regional projects financed by the MFA in the Black Sea Extended Region were implemented in 2008. As a result, the first edition of the Black Sea NGO Forum took place, a project implemented by the Romanian platform of NGDOs in collaboration with the MFA, the European Commission Representation in Romania and the Black Sea trust for regional cooperation.


The project aims at increasing the level of dialogue and cooperation among NGOs in the wider Black Sea Region, strengthening the NGOs capacity to influence regional and national policies and to increase the number and quality of regional partnerships and projects. The MFA has continued to finance the Black Sea NGO Forum, with the seventh edition taking place in 2014. 

Besides the Forum, the MFA has been financing regional projects in the field of migration and civil society. In 2011, the MFA financed projects in the field of water security and diplomacy and in 2014 in the field of child protection. 


Bilateral projects

Georgia

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) supports Georgia by financing projects foe developing civil society, disaster risk reduction,supporting human rights and minorities. Throughout 2015, the MFA supported projects in the field of sustainable economic development, peace and security and supporting the Europeanization process in Georgia. 

See all the projects financed by the MFA in Georgia

Other RoAid institutions have also delivered development assistance in Georgia: the Ministry of Education and Scientific Research is offering scholarships for Georgian students, while the Permanent Electoral Authority and the National Agency for Civil Servants financed meetings and conferences in the field of public administration and electoral communications. 

The largest RoAid contribution in Ukraine is in the field of education. The Ministry of Education and Scientific Research has granted higher education scholarships of EUR 386,398 in 2014. Other fields in which RoAid has financed projects in Ukraine include civil society and capacity building for public institutions. 

In 2015, two MFA experts participated at EUMM (European Union Advisory Mission) Ukraine. 

In 2014, the MFA supported a Training course for strengthening the institutional capacity of the Ukrainian National Guard and delivered humanitarian assistance of EUR 24,000.

In 2013, the MFA granted EUR 47,839 for financing the second edition of the Romania-Ukraine civic forum, and EUR 20,000 for strengthening the participation of civil society in Ukraine.  

Throughout 2011 and 2012, the MFA granted EUR 100,000 for financing a project implemented by the Council of Europe for supporting civil society and independent mass-media in Belarus by creating a communication platform for civil society representatives. 

In 2015, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) supported a project implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for strengthening the management capacity of migrants of Armenia, in order to contribute to good governance and strengthening democracy. The amount of the financing was RON 294,000.

The Ministry of Education and Scientific Research offers higher education scholarships for Armenian citizens. In 2015, the scholarships amounted to RON 554,961.

Regional projects financed by the MFA in the Extended Black Sea Region

In 2014, Romania granted EUR 60,000 in the Extended Black Sea Region for financing the 7th edition of the Black Sea NGO Forum.


Romania granted  EUR 39,630 for financing the 6th edition of the Black Sea NGO Forum and EUR 49,736 for financing a project in the field of child protection. 

In 2012, Romania contributed with EUR 60,000  to the 5th edition of the Black Sea NGO Forum, organized by the Romanian NGDO Platform.


The development assistance in this region was gratned as follows:

  • EUR 50,000 contribution to the 4th edition of the Black Sea NGO Forum (implemented by the Romanian NGDO Platform)
  • EUR 67,000 for a training program for Central Asian experts, on ensuring drinking water supply to the population, urban sewage and waste-water treatment (financed through UNDP);
  • EUR 36,000 for the training of experts from Central Asian Region regarding protection and sustainable use of water resources (financed through UNDP);
  • EUR 48,000 for a training program offered by the Romanian Diplomatic Institute to 10 diplomats from Caucasus and Central Asia (financed through UNDP).

Romania financed with EUR 50,051 the 2010 edition of the Black Sea NGO Forum aimed at enhancing the collaboration between the NGOs in the region in order to create and strengthen partnerships. 

Romania provided development assistance of EUR 60,000 in the Black Sea Region for organizing the 2009 edition of the Black Sea NGO Forum, a project implemented by the Romanian platform of NGDOs (FOND) in cooperation with the Romanian MFA, the EC Representation in Romania and the Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation.

The development assistance provided for the region was disbursed as follows:

  • EUR 100,000 for the “Black Sea NGO Forum”;
  • EUR 35,000 for the ‘Black Sea Central Asian Economic Outlook’ study (done by OECD);
  • EUR 20,000 as contribution to the BSECAO Projects Development Fund for a project on migration management and a project regarding the strengthening  of the institutional capacity and cooperation on border control and combating cross-border waste trafficking;
  • EUR 50,000 for a seminar held in Bucharest under the Council of Europe aegis, between civil society representatives from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia;
  • EUR 12,600 (USD 20,000) to finance the contribution to UNODC in order to strengthen the witness protection program in the South Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia).

Rebuilding a Village in the South of Georgia

350,000 people were forced to leave their homes and start a new life in other parts of Georgia after the war in Abkhazia and South Ossetia in 2008. This is the story of three refugee women, brought together by their desire to rebuild the community of the village Tsintskaro; a village almost abandoned in the south of Georgia.

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