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North Africa and Middle East

RoAid works in the Middle-East and North Africa (MENA) Region in order to achieve its mission of alleviating poverty and promoting sustainable democratic institutions. Currently, there are 6 priority countries for RoAID in the region: Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Iraq, Palestine and Afghanistan.

RoAid’s largest contribution in the region has been in the fields of education, transition to democracy, diplomacy and international relations, and are directed through the financing and implementation of regional and bilateral projects. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) also provided humanitarian aid for countries in the region. 


Regional Projects

In 2013, the MFA has financed a training programme for diplomats from the MENA region, implemented by UNDP Regional Centre for Europe and Central Asia and the Romanian Diplomatic Institute, and a seminar on political development held in Bucharest. The MFA also financed a needs assessment mission in the field of veterinary and food safety in countries in the MENA region. The mission was carried out by the Romanian National Sanitary Veterinary and Food Safety Authority. 


Bilateral Contributions

In 2015, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs financed a project for supporting development and civil education, implemented by PATRIR (RON 184,000) and a project implemented by ANSVSA for capacity building in the veterinary field (RON 230,000). 

In 2013, the MFA co-financed together with the European Union a project for the capacity building of Egyptian institutions relevant for fighting corruption and money laundering, and strengthening the relevant Egyptian institutions for preventing corruption.

Throughout 2012 and 2013, the MFA supported the transition to democracy in Egypt by co-financing the project Strengthening the Democratic Process in Egypt, implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Cairo. The total MFA contribution was EUR 189,294.

Additionally, in 2012, Romania provided development assistance amounting to 50,000 EUR for strengthening the institutional capacity of Electoral Management Bodies (EMB’s) in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya. The project was funded through UNDP Romania, and implemented in 2013.

In 2011, Romania provided development assistance amounting to 19,327 EUR to strengthen the democratic process in Egypt. This project was implemented by UNDP.

Also, in 2011, Romania provided development assistance amounting to 25,000 EUR for the international workshop on ‘North Africa and Eastern Europe: viewpoints and shared experiences of transition – a bridge over 20 years’  dedicated to Tunisian and Egyptian personnel involved in the organization and observation of elections. The project was implemented by the Romanian MFA and UNDP.

RoAid supports Palestine by channeling funds through the UN Agencie for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) and in the field of education, by providing scholarships.

In 2015, Romania financed a project in the field of education, implemented by the People’s Development Foundation (RON 144,000)

In 2014, Romania granted humanitarian assistance amounting to EUR 40,000 through UNRWA.

In 2013, the MFA supported (EUR 47,839) the project “"Women active in the community, responsible in the family. Increasing the participation of women from Bethlehem and Hebron region, Palestine in social life".

In 2012, Romania provided development assistance amounting to 100,000 EUR as contribution to the UN Agency activity for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) for the refugees from the Nahr el-Bared camp (Lebanon).

In 2009, Romania provided development assistance amounting to 100,000 EUR as contribution in achieving the national security strategy and civilian police for the Palestinian territories.

In 2008, Romania provided development assistance amounting to 34,200 EUR (about 50,000 USD) as contribution to the Medical Center expansion project in the refugee camp of Msherfeh (promoted by the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees - UNRWA).

In 2007, Romania provided a contribution of 150,000 EUR for the UN Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

In 2011, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania financed the following development assistance projects, implemented by EUJUSTLEX for the Republic of Iraq, with a total budget of 73 000 EUR:

25,500 EUR for one training course in the field of the management of public order and human rights  for 20 officers from the Iraqi police forces; 

30,000 EUR for two training courses in the field of developing the standards with regard to the observance of human rights for 12 officers in the Iraqi penitentiary system; 

17,000 EUR for a working visit at expert level in view of consolidating the institutional capacity of Iraqi authorities in the fight against corruption.

In 2009, the Iraqi experts participated in the training of trainers in the field of border management and security, program designed for 15 eligible ODA Asian countries, Middle East and Neighbors to which Romania had provided an amount of 221,314 EUR.

In 2008, Romania provided development assistance amounting to 30,000 EUR for a training program in the field of rule of law for Iraqi staff within the National Institute of Magistracy, held in Bucharest under the EUJUST- LEX aegis.

In 2014, Iraq benefited from scholarships amounting to approx. EUR 240,000 from the Ministry of Education and Scientific Research.

In 2015, Romania financed two projects in Afghanistan: a training course in the field of public order for the Public Order Police in Afghanistan, implemented by the General Inspectorate of the Romanian Gendarmerie (RON 162,000) and a programme for supporting electronic national identity management, implemented by the International Organization for Migration (RON 336,000). 

In 2014, the MFA organized a training programme for afghan diplomats and a training programme for afghan police forces.

In 2013, the MFA financed a project in the field of peace and security “Achieving the MDGs through peace building: Capacity building in the transition to democracy process, community-based dialogue and peacekeeping operations for international actors, at the national and local levels in Afghanistan”. The programme was financed with EUR 39,630.

In 2012, Romania provided development assistance amounting to 45,000 EUR for the pilot training program on Diplomacy and International Relations addressed to senior officials from the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The project is funded though UNDP Romania, and is implemented by the Romanian Diplomatic Institute.

In 2009, Romania provided development assistance amounting to 100,000 EUR representing humanitarian emergency aid granted from the World Food Program (WFP) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Also, the Afghans experts participated in the training of trainers in the field of border management and security, program designed for 15 eligible ODA Asian countries, Middle East and Neighbors to which Romania had provided an amount of 221,314 EUR.

In 2008, Romania provided development assistance amounting to 150,000 EUR as a financial contribution to the World Food Program (WFP).

In 2008, Romania provided development assistance amounting to 45,000 EUR to organize a Training program for 10 Libyan diplomats at the Romanian Diplomatic Institute (RDI).

In 2011, Romania provided development assistance amounting to 19,327 EUR (25,000 USD) to strengthen the democratic process in Tunisia. This project was implemented by UNDP.

Also, in 2011, Romania provided development assistance amounting to 25,000 EUR for the international workshop on ‘North Africa and Eastern Europe: viewpoints and shared experiences of transition – a bridge over 20 years’  dedicated to Tunisian and Egyptian personnel involved in the organization and observation of elections. The project was implemented by the Romanian MFA and UNDP.

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