• June 2-3 2007, Madrid

    REF Executive Director, Alexandre Marc participated in the EFC annual conference in Madrid on June 2 and 3. The conference brought together about 600 people among which the representatives of all the most influential foundations in Europe.

    The theme of this meeting was “the New Challenges for Global Philanthropy”. The foundations financing REF were present at the meeting and the REF contacted many new organizations to presents its work and achievements.

  • The European Commission in cooperation with the Open Society Institute, Roma Participation Program, is announcing the second Call for applications for 2007 for Young Roma Graduates from all new member states (excluding Cyprus and Malta), Croatia, F.Y.R.O.M., Serbia, Kosovo and Montenegro.

    The internship program will run for 5 months starting with the 1st October 2007. For more information please find enclosed more information about application procedures and eligibility criteria.

    Recquired documents are available for download from the following link:

  • In cooperation with the Dosta! Campaign the Forum of European Roma Young People (FERYP) within the framework of the Council of Europe “All different –all equal campaign” are organizing the “Roma are Europe:” All different all equal – Summer Camp and Roma Youth Festival. It is a follow-up of the study session in 2005 “Roma Youth – Situation and Perspectives 10 years after the RAXI Campaign” and the Conference “Romaphobia and Anti-Gypsyism – old phenomenon and new challenges in Europe” and the study session “Campaigning for Roma Rights and Equality of Opportunities”.

  • International Roma Women Fund "Chiricli", in cooperation with the Ministry of Education in Ukraine are planning to  organize a Conference "Integration of Roma children into the Ukrainian society", in Kiev 16/07/2007.

    The Conference aims to highlight the access to education of Roma children in Ukraine.
    Panel discussions will be held in order to share and borrow models of different countries and governments for improving the education of Roma children.

  • What is Chachipe? Chachipe means truth, reality or right in Romanes. The Open Society Institute and OSA Archivum at Central European University announce an international photography contest under the Decade of Roma Inclusion.



  • The European Commission in cooperation with the Italian Department of Rights and Equal Opportunities organised a conference in Rome, 23-24 April 2007.

  • 29-30 May 2007

    The joint project of REF and the Wolfensohn Development Center (part of the Washington based Brookings Institution) started with a two days brainstorming session to define the work program for the next 6 months. The project aims at improving REF approach to scaling up.

    It will include the design of indicators in REF monitoring system and REF evaluations and the undertaking of two cases studies where efforts for scaling up successful pilot programs are under way.

  • Strasbourg, Palais de l’Europe
    21-22 of May, 2007

    Costel Bercus made a presentation on the outcomes of the Roma Education Fund Conference that has been organized in Budapest during 2-3 of April 2007. The REF Chairman presented to the Committee the main recommendations made by the various working groups and discussed how REF plans to follow-up on the conference.

  • Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hungary in association with the Hungarian Business Leaders Forum ; German – Hungarian Chamber of Commerce in Hungary, American Chamber of Commerce in Hungary,  British Chamber of Commerce in Hungary, Italian Chamber of Commerce in Hungary, Hungarian – French Chamber of Commerce and the Swedish Chamber of Commerce is pleased to invite you to a Business Breakfast with Guest Speaker Dr. István Hiller Minister of Education and Culture.