ROMACTED Support Team in Bosnia and Herzegovina has undergone through number of intensive interventions in the first six months of 2018. The process was carried out both at the community and institutional levels in the ten self-government units, by Centar za podršku Roma "Romalen" Kakanj (Support organisation), as well as the pool of competent and experienced facilitators.
The programme in Bosnia and Herzgovina was officially launched in Sarajevo on 20 March 2018. On this occassion, the representatives of the ten participating municipalities expressed their commitment to support the implementation of the programme in the beneficiary. The conference was followed by the National Workshop on the Participatory Local Strategic Planning, which gathered both community representatives and delegated contact points from the beneficiry municipalities.
The constant work and dedication produced the first progress at beneficiry level. During March – June 2018, 7 Community Action Group (CAG) meetings were held with the participation of 29 women and 31 men, while 46 women and 29 men attended 8 Institutional Working Group (IWG) meetings addressing main priority issues for Roma. The implementation has been gradually moving to the next phase of needs assessment of both local authorities and Roma communities, which will continue to be reflected in the forthcoming work of the facilitators during July-September 2018.
The joint EU/CoE Programme is implemented by the Council of Europe’s Roma and Travellers’ team and the Office of the Directorate General of Programmes in seven beneficiaries of Western Balkans and Turkey.