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.
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.
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.
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.
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.