Economic growth is at the foundation of the development of each community, especially considering the high poverty level in Eastern Europe. Our project proposes transnational experience transfer from Hungary that will be used (together with the expertise of the locals and different specialists) for the economic development of one rural Romanian village. In turn, on all stages of the project, our partners from Moldova will learn together with us how to apply a similar model in their country.
South of Romania (one rural community), Bucharest, Hungary and Moldova
Romanians living in rural areas are three times more likely to be poor than those living in urban areas, a series of studies published by World Vision in 2014 and 2015 show. This leads to a cycle of poverty influencing health (225.000 Romanian children go to bed hungry each day), poverty (37% of people over 15 years old are illiterate) and incapacity to adapt to the job market (54% of those between 18 and 60 years old don’t have an occupation). A similar situation can be encountered in Moldova.
Since poverty is a core issue of rural areas in Eastern Europe, we need to support the local communities to address their economic growth.
We aim thus to develop an innovative approach in the field of economic development by supporting the rural community to create a strategy and implement a community business with the help of specialists in related fields and learn from the good practices already developed in other countries from the EU (i.e. Hungary) and transfer them further in Moldova.
1.Call for the selection of a community (from the communities where PACT has already implemented a participatory community development process)
2.Study visit in HU
3.Study visits of Moldavians to Ro
4.Participatory development of an economic growth strategy - at least two community meetings with participation of business leaders and other specialists (marketing, sustainable development etc.) and one youth meeting;
5.Business consultancy for the development and implementation of a community business;
6.Funding a community business;
7.Supporting the local community in identifying more funds to implement their economic development strategy
8.Project documenting, monitoring & evaluation
9.Final brochure publication
10. Final events in Ro and MO
11. Project communication
The project targets one community from the South of Romania, known by PACT and which is capable to conduct a participatory economic development process, gathering together the local authorities, entrepreneurs, youth etc.
They will learn from the experience of Hungarian villagers and also from the advice of volunteer Romanian business leaders and other experts (marketing, sustainable development, social inclusion etc.) Community & NGO members from Moldova will also benefit from the project.
Our idea is a practical one and addresses one of the core needs of an entire community – economic development. The entire project will be implemented in a participatory manner by bringing together local expertise and resources, with transnational expertise and contribution of local specialists in different fields.
Moreover, beside the development of an economic growth approach for rural areas, the project will provide a clear example of building a community business to stimulate local growth.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
Study visit to HU-6500; Visits of Moldovans to RO-4100; Visit of Romanians to MD-900; Event in MD-500; Final event in RO-1500; Grant for a community business-5000; Consumables-300; Protocol-1000; Transportation in RO-1700; Staff per-diem-400; Project management costs-11200; Financial management costs -3000; Communication costs-5500; External documenting, monitoring and final publication writing-1800; Printing costs-1000; Business consultancy-2500; Community project officer-2000; Unforseen-1000
We would appreciate recommendations on other models of economic development for poor rural communities, especially in Europe, where there are no governmental funds available and there is no capacity to absorb European structural funds, such as those available through the European Commission Rural Development Programme.