Romanian Social Development Fund
   
" An organization for supporting people and their problems "
EEA GRANTS 2009-2014. RO10 CORAI Program • BILATERAL FUND
BILATERAL FUND

To strengthen bilateral relationsbetween relevant entities in Romania and in the Donor states or with international organizations, constantly during Programme implementation PO encouraged and provided support, first for potential beneficiaries, and then for PPs and their project partners in order to identify relevant entities from the Donor States and to develop bilateral activities with them. All the bilateral activities were discussed with the DPP and were subject to the Plan for the use of the Fund for Bilateral Relations submitted to the FMO for approval according to the Programme Agreement.

In this respect, PO:

- launched two calls for funds for bilateral relations, first one for potential beneficiaries from Romania and from the Donor States, aiming to facilitate the development and submission of donor partnership projects within the open calls for project proposals launched within the Programme, and the second one for PPs with projects funded under the Programme, aiming to facilitate networking, exchange, sharing and transfer of knowledge, experience and best practice with entities in the Donor states and international organizations. Overall, 22 applications were received under these two calls, 15 being financed (about 57,850 Euro disbursed). The bilateral activities financed under these calls consisted mainly in trainings and study visits organized in Romania and in the Donor states, thatimproved knowledge and mutual understanding of the participating entities on the Programme areas and created the appropriate context for future cooperation;

- Organized one match making seminar, with the participation of 5 entities from the Donor states. Although participation of the entities from Donor states was low, the event raised the interest of more than 35 Romanian entities (public and private) and created the appropriate context for future cooperation and bilateral activities between entities in Romania and in the Donor states attending the event. In this respect,the results of the meeting were visible, 3 out of the 5 entities from the Donor states submitting projects in partnership with Romanian organizations, and four projects received funding and were implemented in partnership with two of the organizations attending the event (Intercultural Iceland - partner in 3 projects - and Child Safety House Iceland);

- organized bilateral activities, by gathering experts from Donor states and from CoE, on one side, and experts involved in the implementation of the projects financed under the Programme, on the other side, to share knowledge and experiences in the Programme areas. These activities were organized based on the needs and interest expressed by PPs and their partners and managed to  improveknowledge and mutual understanding of the needs the children and youth at risk and other disadvantaged groups are facing in Romania, in Donor states and in other European countries and of the good practices implemented in these countries in addressing these needs, and created the appropriate context for future cooperation and bilateral activities between entities in Romania and in the Donor states attending the events. The participants have the chance to present their work and interests, to share contact data and to discuss about future bilateral activities.

As a result of all these bilateral activities, the final results in achieving the objectives of the Bilateral Relations Development Program were as follows:

 

Indicators

Accomplished

Number of projects approved, developed and / or implemented in partnership with an entity in a donor state

12

Number of donor states involved in joint activities with Project Promoters in Romania, during the preparation and / or implementation of projects (activities financed through the budget for bilateral activities of the Program)

64

Percentage of Project Promoters involved in joint activities with donor states entities during project preparation and implementation, activities funded through the budget for bilateral activities of the Program (out of the total number of Project Promoters who received funds)

87.6%