Swiss-Romanian Cooperation Programme
The Swiss-Romanian Cooperation Programme (SRCP) is part of the non-refundable aid offered by the Swiss Federal Council to 12 European member states who joined EU between 2004 and 2007. Switzerland’s support is an expression of solidarity with new EU member states and puts the ground work for stable economic and political connections with these countries. The Swiss-Romanian Cooperation Programme aims to:
• contribute to the reduction of economic and social disparities between Romania and more advanced countries of the enlarged European Union, and
• contribute within Romania to the reduction of economic and social disparities between the dynamic urban centers and the structurally weak peripheral regions.
In 2011, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) selected a consortium formed by KEK-CDC Consultants (www.kek.ch), Civil Society Development Foundation (www.fdsc.ro) and Romanian Environmental Partnership Foundation (www.repf.ro) as the Swiss Intermediate Body (SIB) for managing and administrating two Thematic Funds.
The purpose of the Thematic Fund “Civil Society Participation” is the promotion of active participation of Romanian civil society organisations in policy processes both as a voice of the civil society and as service providers. The purpose of the Thematic Fund “Partnership and Expert Fund” is to strengthen Swiss-Romanian partnerships that are capable to address development challenges. The whole programme phase for the implementation of the two funds is from November 2011 until October 2018.
Under this programme different financing instruments have been set up, including Block Grant Calls for Proposals (Block Grants comprising of two components) and Retained Activities.
The general results achieved so far by all the projects and especially by 10 light tower projects were promoted and communicated to the general public within the NGOFest 2017 in Bucharest and Iasi (end of June/beginning of July 2017). The events were attended by approximately 30,000 visitors totally. The programme, comprising 10 articles about the light tower projects, published by a well-known blogger in Romania – Cristian Florea, can be found by clicking on the following link: NGOFest album (ro/en)
Partnership Block Grant
In total 40 projects have been financed through the Partnership Block Grant:
- 14 under the 1st round, out of which 11 large grants and 3 small grants;
- 26 under the 2nd round, out of which 22 Large grants and 4 Small grants.
Types of projects
- Social access and community development
- Education and research
2nd round of Call for Proposals (2014):
1st round of Call for Proposals (2012):
NGO Block Grant
In total 94 projects have been financed through the NGO Block Grant:
- 64 on Social Component (30 under the 1st round and 34 under the 2nd round), out of which 28 large grants and 36 small grants;
- 30 on Environmental Component (15 under the 1st round and 15 under the 2nd round), all small grants;
- National level: 34 projects
- Regional level / multiple counties: 17 projects
- Local level: 36 projects
- Rural: 7 projects
Types of projects (social component)
- Social services
- Policy making, networking, lobby & advocacy
- Education and life skills development
- Socio-medical services
- Social economy
- Community development
Types of projects (environmental component)
- Sustainable (rural) development
- Public participation in environmental decision making processes
- Waste management
- Sustainable consumption
- Climate change
- Quality of urban environment
2nd round of Call for Proposals (2015):
1st round of Call for Proposals (2012):
In total 7 Retained Activites have been implemented under the two Thematic Funds (TF). Some of the projects were already completed in 2016.
- April 2013 – March 2016 / Development of Geographical Indications in Romania / Lead Executing Agency: Agridea / TF PF
- April 2013 – March 2016 / Rural Development and High Nature Value Farmland in Romania / Lead Executing Agency: Agridea / TF CSP
- July 2013 – March 2017 / Natura 2000 and Rural Development in Romania / Lead Agency: WWF-DCP / TF CSP
- July 2013 – April 2017 / Southwestern Carpathian Wilderness and Sustainable Development Initiatives / Lead Executing Agency: WWF DCP / TF CSP
- January 2014 – December 2016 / Sustainable Agricultural Models in the Romanian Mountain Area / Lead Executing Agency: SAB / TF CSP
- July 2014 – June 2017 / Strengthening the Capacities of Forest Owners Associations for Sustainable Forest Management / Lead Executing Agency: SAB / TF CSP
- September 2014 – August 2017 / Tackling the Challenges of the New Labour and Social Dialogue Laws in Romania / Lead Executing Agency: SAB / TF PF