Increasing Employment of Roma, Ashkali, and Egyptian Communities Through a Recycling Collective

Increasing Employment of Roma, Ashkali, and Egyptian Communities Through a Recycling Collective

The project “Increasing Employment of Roma, Ashkali, and Egyptian Communities Through a Recycling Collective”aims to increase self-employment opportunities for Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities in Kosovo through strengthening and unifying recycling initiatives already present in these communities.

Specifically the project seeks to:

  1. Training and supporting the individuals engaged in the recycling activities;
  2. The establishment of a recycling collective and its inclusion in upcoming reconciling debate and initiatives in Kosovo; and finally,
  3. Provide subsidies to the necessary institutions and fund the infrastructural developments to increase and advance recycling initiatives in an efficient and hygienic manner

Implementation Period

14 December 2014 – 14 December 2016

Location

Prishtinë/Priština, Fushë Kosovë/Kosovo Polje, Obiliq/Obilić, Gračanica/Graçanicë, Lipjan/Lipljan

Background

Throughout ECMI Kosovo’s previous work in the field, these communities have vocalised the need for social inclusion and economic development, including greater access to employment possibilities. As Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities are some of the most disadvantaged in Kosovo society, employability and self-employment initiatives are imperative to increase their livelihood. Waste collectors belonging to these communities work in particularly harsh, inhumane conditions, and are entitled to sanitary conditions. The project will consult with waste collectors so their needs, concerns and experiences will be integrated into the design and implementation of the project’s actions and activities.

Aim and Objectives

This project seeks to increase the capacities and output of members of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities engaged in collecting raw materials for recycling. In doing so, these communities will be better unified to sell the raw materials in a secure and collective manner. The activities build upon one another, creating a sound, concrete action. The provision of trainings on recycling by professionals in the field, and the dissemination of equipment to ensure safe and sanitary working conditions will increase expertise and ability in the field, leading to higher productivity and output. The creation of a secure recycling initiative, linking all relevant actors and constructing the necessary infrastructure improve the overall conditions, making the knowledge gained through the first objective more relevant. Finally, by raising awareness on the benefits of recycling, recycling initiatives will increase, and the profession of waste collector will less stigmatised by society. Therefore, not only will the employability of the target groups greatly increase, but they will also be subjected to greater social inclusion, making them less marginalised both economically and socially.

Expected Results and Activities

Expected results:

Result 1. Participants will have increased capacities in recycling measures, enhancing both their sustainability for self-employment measures in the field and their income;

Result 2. Participants will be well organised to effectively, and efficiently, collect and sell raw materials;

Result 3. Target groups and beneficiaries will be acquainted with living in an environmentally-friendly setting, and the profession of waste collection will be viewed in a more positive light.

Main activities of the project are as follows:

Activity 1. 50-60 members of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities participating in waste collection will be trained on several factors relevant to the recycling sector and provided with useful tools and resources.

Activity 2. Provision of the necessary infrastructural developments to foster a sustainable, safe and hygienic working environment for the collectors.

Activity 3. Advocate environmentally-friendly initiatives, such as promotion of recycling and waste collection.

Target Groups and Beneficiaries

The main Target Group is unemployed members of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities will benefit from the action through increased opportunities to employment and improved conditions of the current working environment. Final Beneficiaries are to be Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities, citizens of selected municipalities, Kosovo society at large. Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities will benefit through the increased opportunities to employment, which will increase family incomes and overall living conditions. The citizens of selected municipalities will also profit from this action through the recycling aspect, which will promote an environmentally friendly atmosphere within these municipalities. Finally, Kosovo society at large will gain from this initiative, since the employment and livelihood of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities will be increased, leading to a more inclusive, multi-ethnic state and decreased vulnerability of some of the most frequently marginalised ethnic groups in Kosovo.

Area / Sector

The project “Increasing Employment of Roma, Ashkali, and Egyptian Communities Through a recycling collective” seeks to address the issue of self-employment for Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities, specifically through the recycling sector, thereby seeking the expected result of increased employability of vulnerable groups in Kosovo.

Funding

This project is an EU funded project managed by the European Union Office in Kosovo

 

Partners

This project is being implemented in partnership with:

Health for All (HFA)

www.healthforall-ks.org

Roma and Ashkali Documentation Center (RADC)

www.rad-center.org

Contact Person

Name: Trim Kabashi

Position: Project Manager

E-mail: kabashi@ecmikosovo.org

Tel: +377 (0) 45 266 221

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