Management and Development of Roma Youth Organisations Training, Budapest

Deadline: 23 September 2013
Open to: youth leaders working within a youth organisation/institution carrying projects with young Roma or an informal youth group that wish to further develop into an organisation
Venue: 17 – 23 November 2013, Budapest (Hungary)


The Roma Youth Action Plan is a response of the Council of Europe to the challenges faced by Roma young people in Europe, particularly in relation to their empowerment, participation in policy decision-making processes and structures at European level and the realities of discrimination and particularly antigypsyism that they are confronted with.

Under the priority on strengthening the Roma youth movement and supporting Roma youth participation, the youth sector of the Council of Europe will organise in 2013 a Training course on the management and development of Roma youth organisations. The training course will build on the accumulated experience of the youth sector of running training courses on democratic leadership and management of youth organisations.

The training course aims to strengthen the capacity and sustainability of Roma youth organisations in representing and voicing the concerns and needs of Roma young people and in working with Roma young people.

The training course is divided in the following phases:

  1. Preparatory learning: October – November 2013. Through E-learning and networking on the local and national levels, participants get to know each other and the context of the training course. They prepare their plans for implementation of projects with their organisations and other relevant partners following the residential seminar.
  2. Residential seminar: 17 – 23 November 2013, European Youth Centre Budapest. The seven-day training seminar will develop the main competences of participants, through intercultural learning approaches and practical activities. Participants learn from each others’ practices, are provided input on the topics of the course and meet relevant stakeholders from the European level. They also revise their development plan for their organisation.
  3. E-learning and implementation of the development plans for their organisations: December 2013 – May 2014. Once back in their organisations, participants implement their development plans and continue to consolidate their knowledge through E-learning.


The course is designed for participants who are youth leaders working within a youth organisation/institution carrying projects with young Roma or an informal youth group that wish to further develop into an organisation. A youth leader is a person having positions of responsibility on the leadership and decision-making of Roma youth organisations, being responsible for programmes or strategic activities, etc. All participants must also:

  • be active in Roma communities and have some experience in working with Roma communities and/or Roma youth.
  • be supported by their organisation/institutions or informal youth group for the participation in the whole course and in particular for the implementation of the learning outcomes of the course.
  • be able and committed to act as multipliers and develop a sustainable process with their organisation for the benefit of Roma communities and Roma youth
  • be aged 18 – 30 (exceptions are possible)
  • be committed to attend for the full duration of the course
  • be able to work in English
  • be resident in a member state of the European Cultural Convention of the Council of Europe.


Travel expenses and visa fees are reimbursed (on presentation of the relevant receipts) according to the rules of the Council of Europe. Only the participants who attend the entire training course can be reimbursed. The payment will be made either by bank
transfer after the course, or at the end of the course in cash (in Euros). Board and lodging for the residential training seminar will be provided and paid for by the Council of Europe at the European Youth Centre Budapest (EYCB). An enrolment fee of 60 Euros will be deducted from the amount to be reimbursed for travel expenses or paid at the EYCB during the residential seminar.


All candidates must apply online, completing the application form HERE. Applications must be submitted by Monday, 23 September 2013, at midnight Central European Time. A letter of support from their sending organisation/institution or informal group has to be uploaded on the platform or sent separately by e-mail by the same deadline.

For further information, please see the official call.

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