REF - Education, Employment, Partnerships and Gender Equality: A Winning Formula for Roma in VET

Contract partner: REF - Roma Education Fund (Fondacija za obrazovanje Roma) Country: Europa, regional/länderübergreifend Funding amount: € 865.000,00 Project start: 01.05.2020 End: 30.09.2023

Short Description:

Overall goal

The overall objective of the project is to contribute to social inclusion and poverty reduction of Roma in Albania and Kosovo through support of the vocational education and training, facilitation to labour market and empowering stakeholders to take measures to support transition of Roma to employment.

Expected results

1. Education - increased access to vocational education for Roma youth and young adults, through scholarships, mentoring and tutoring and improving access to education and employment for Roma girls and women

2. Employability - improved employability for Roma youth and young adults, through job placements, professional development and partnerships of civil society, public and private sector institutions for Roma workforce inclusion aimed at influencing policy changes

Target group / Beneficiaries

The primary target groups are up to 300 Roma beneficiaries (50% female); of which up to 150 beneficiaries in Albania and up to 150 in Kosovo will receive VET-related scholarships, tutoring, training or employment. Indirect beneficiaries are: Governmental authorities working on education, VET and labour issues: Albania - Ministry of Education and Sport (MoES), Ministry of Finance and Economy (MoFE), Kosovo - Ministry of Education Science, Technology and Innovation; and Municipal Education Departments, Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare; Educational and training institutions: VET schools (providing diplomas), Vocational Training Centers, Employment institutions: national and local employment offices (seven regional employment offices); Between 50 – 70 private sector employers and families of the primary target groups (approximately 600 indirect beneficiaries).


Output 1.1: Scholarships – Financial support provided to Roma youth and young adults to access vocational education;

Output 1.2: Mentoring and tutoring services provided to Roma youth to facilitate access to certified professions

Output 1.3: Gender equality – empowering stakeholders to prevent discrimination and discriminatory stereotypes towards education and employability of Roma girls

Output 2.1: Job placements (apprenticeships /traineeships) provided to Roma youth and young adults to improve their professional skills;

Output 2.2: Professional development services provided to Roma youth and young adults to improve their relevant soft skills for the job market and their active participation in the labour market;

Output 2.3. :Partnerships - strengthened awareness of and cooperation among civil society, public and private sector institutions for Roma workforce inclusion aimed at influencing policy change.


The project will be implemented in Albania - Tirana, Korca, Fier, Elbasan,Gjirokaster,Durres, Berat; and in Kosovo - Prizren, Gjakova, Gracanica, Ferizaj, Fush Kosova, Prishtina, and Peja. Lead partner in this action is Roma Education Fund Serbia. Local project partners are Roma Versitas Albania and Roma Versitas Kosovo. SDG targets 4.3 and 8.6 shall be targeted.

project number 8375-00/2020
source of funding OEZA
sector Sekundarschulbildung
modality Project-type interventions
marker Gender: 1, Poverty: 2
  • Policy marker: are used to identify, assess and facilitate the monitoring of activities in support of policy objectives concerning gender equality, aid to environment, participatory development/good governance, trade development and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Activities targeting the objectives of the Rio Conventions include the identification of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and desertification.
    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
  • Type of Aid – Aid modalities: classifies transfers from the donor to the first recipient of funds such as budget support, core contributions and pooled programmes and funds to CSOs and multilateral organisations, project-type interventions, experts and other technical assistance, scholarships and student costs in donor countries, debt relief, administrative costs and other in-donor expenditures.
  • Purpose/ sector code: classifies the specific area of the recipient’s economic or social structure, funded by a bilateral contribution.
  • Tied/Untied: Untied aid is defined as loans and grants whose proceeds are fully and freely available to finance procurement from all OECD countries and substantially all developing countries. Transactions are considered tied unless the donor has, at the time of the aid offer, clearly specified a range of countries eligible for procurement which meets the tests for “untied” aid.