Romanian Social Development Fund
" An organization for supporting people and their problems "
About us • History

1997 - Government of Romania identify the need for a program to reduce poverty and increase local initiative. It starts the preparation for setting up an organization that can steer initiatives and new approaches. - Government of Romania identify the need for a program to reduce poverty and increase local initiative. It starts the preparation for setting up an organization that can steer initiatives and new approaches.

1998 - The Romanian Parlament approves the creation of the Romanian Social Development Fund, initially for a period of 4 years, by Law 129/1998.

1999 - It starts the governmental project named Social Development Fund targeted to poverty reduction and funded from a loan from the World Bank and the Government of Romania.

2000 - RSDF and local community inaugurate the "Bridge of Hope" project in Braila county, the first project completed by RSDF, with the participation of the President of Romania and the World Bank Vice President; 
        - Metro Media Transilvania- accomplishes the first evaluation of RSDF projects impact on beneficiaries. The survey shows that the beneficiaries are satisfied, are confident in the future and are willing to get involved in other projects.  

2001 - Based on the results, RSDF receives a parallel funding for the Social Development Fund project, in value of 10 million U.S. dollars from a loan of the Romanian Government from the Development Bank of European Council;
        - RSDF receives 1 million pounds from the British Embassy, representing consulting services to increase organizational capacity; 
        - The achievements and recognition of the beneficiaries lead to the expansion of RSDF operation for unlimited period of time, by  modifying the Law 129/1998; 
        - The Social Development Fund project is ranked as "Highly Satisfactory"  by the World Bank, within the annual evaluation of the projects portfolio.

2002 - The second phase of the Social Development Fund projects is starting, having a total budget of 26 million U.S. dollars; 
        - The Department of Studies, Analysis and Synthesis is created, made up by 2 sociologists and designed to evaluate the ongoing process and impact; 
        - The first RSDF- branch is created in Iasi; 
        - The World Bank director for Central and Eastern Europe, visits 2 projects of income generating activities in Homorod, Brasov county.

2003  - The "Rural Development Project" starts the "community windows" component  for rural infrastructure development;

2004  - The second RSDF branch is created in Alba Iulia; 
         - RSDF receives the role of implementing the Social Development Scheme for Mining communities (pilot phase), a component of the project "Mines Closing and Social Impact Mitigation"; 
         - The local project in Sahastru village, Vrancea county, is introduced as an example of good practice within the Government meeting for assessing the projects portfolio financed from loans.

2005  - Shigheo Katsu, World Bank vice president visits the road built through the project financed in Movila Oii village, Buzau county.

2006  - The Social Development Scheme for Mining Communities, pilot phase, is finalized (90 projects); 
         - Due to the good results, RSDF gets the role of developing a new funding scheme of Social Development for Mining Communities, component of a new project, Mine Closing, Environmental Restoration and Social-Economical Regeneration. 
         - RSDF applies to Roma Education Fund and receives a grant to develop, in partnership with the Agency for Community Development "Impreuna", the project "Education for Civic Engagement in Roma Communities".

2007  - The Social Development Fund project is completed; 935 projects have been financed within the project in the limit of allocated funds (out of the 3450 applications for funding received);                
         - The Priority Interventions Program starts running up; the program is addressed to the poorest communities of Roma population and is part of the Social Inclusion Project.

2008  - RSDF participates, as a partner, to run a strategic project financed by the Social European Fund through POSDRU, named "A better future for women".

2009 - RSDF, as beneficiary, receives funding approval for the strategic project "ESPAS - social economy as a strategic approach to local development through the creation and management of social enterprises" through the European Social Fund - SOP HRD.

2010 - SDSMC extends the implementation period (until November 2011) and allocated amounts (the total value of the component increasing with USD four million) for absorbing the amounts redistributed from other components. As a result, the financing for other 50 projects in mining areas, which are on the waiting list, is opened.

        - RSDF carried out, under the project "Combating discrimination and the growth potential of women's employment in the rural areas", financed by SOP HRD, analyze of the EU programs/plans adopted in the field of women's labour market participation, analyze of the specific situation of women in relation to the labour market, and the catalogue of good practices.

2011 - PIP - The Priority Intervention Programme (PIP) extends the implementation period (up to 01/03/2013) and amounts allocated. The project budget increases by more than Euro two million, the full amount of the additional financing being dedicated to new integrated projects addressed to poor Roma communities.

2012 - RSDF is designated Programme Operator for the component "Children and youth at risk and local and regional initiatives to reduce national inequalities and promote social inclusion" within the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism / EEA Grants 2009-2014.

        - The financing programme SDSMC during which 245 projects were funded has been completed.

2013 - PIP - The Priority Intervention Programme extends the implementation period (up to 30/06/2014).