Project duration: 30 months (07.2020 – 31.12.2022).

Countries involved: Slovenia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Austria, Slovakia, Serbia, Moldova, Ukraine.

Project co-funded by European Union Funds (ERDF, IPA, ENI) within the scope of the Interreg Danube Transnational Programme under Priority 4 – Well-governed Danube Region.

Specific objective: Improve institutional capacities to tackle major societal challenges.

Project budget: € 2,072,267.40

ERDF funding: € 1,433,843.75

IPA: € 153,788.29

ENI: € 173,795.00

Project website: http://www.interreg-danube.eu/approved-projects/dream-road

Exclusionary dynamics of social inequality and poverty are mirrored in every aspect of daily life of Europe’s 10-12 million Roma people. In recent years, hope of progress has been shattered by hardened political discourse with particularly harsh impact on Roma, living in overwhelmingly poor conditions on the margins of society and facing extreme levels of social exclusion. DREAM ROAD seeks to empower members of Roma communities to become agents of change.

Participatory development of novel interventions to enhance digital, information and functional literacy of Roma people and establishment of broad alliances in their implementation are key results of the projects. Transferrable pilot implementations root in the development of computer-supported collaborative learning labs as catalysts of knowledge, hands-on learning and digital access, where members of overlooked and often failed communities can obtain skills and know-how to function as informed users and equal members of society. Meaningful cooperation of Roma communities, public authorities and local communities is key in achieving success in implementation of such community ecosystems.

DREAM ROAD builds capacities of public bodies to better cope with Roma issues through innovation and dialogue, providing community representatives with the know-how to achieve lasting impact. The long-term objective is to create enduring and meaningful, transparent and interactive processes stimulating mutual responsiveness of all societal actors. Transnational framework will allow for implementation of transferrable solutions, tested in locally specific environments, which will serve as guidelines in future policymaking.

The project consortium comprises of 15 partners from 10 countries of the Danube region and 14 associated partners:

  • Institute of Social Innovations
  • Zala County Regional Development Agency Nonprofit Limited Liability Company
  • Nevo Parudimos Association
  • Amalipe Center for Interethnic Dialogue and Tolerance
  • Roma Adult Education Organisation Burgenland
  • Institute for Cultural Relations Policy
  • Centre of Social and Psychological Sciences Slovak Academy of Sciences
  • Harghita County Council
  • Municipality of Murska Sobota
  • Covasna County Employment Agency
  • Roma Inclusion Office
  • Know How Centre
  • Representation in the Republic of Moldova of the Foundation Terre des hommes Lausanne – Switzerland
  • NGO Youth Space

The Danube Transnational Programme is a financing instrument of the European Territorial Cooperation (ETC), better known as Interreg. The Danube Transnational Programme (DTP) promotes economic, social and territorial cohesion in the Danube Region through policy integration in selected fields.

The total programme budget is 274 578 077 euros, including the EU support (231 924 597,00 €) and the national counterpart (42 653 480,00 €).

The EU support comes from three different funds:

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) (202 095 405,00 €)

Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance II (IPA II) (19 829 192,00 €)

European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) (10 000 000,00 €)

Selected projects are financed up to 85% of their costs.