• As agreed upon at the 9th meeting of the International Steering Committee of the Decade of Roma Inclusion held on November 16-17, 2006, a Permanent Secretariat of the Decade of Roma Inclusion (“Decade”) will be established in Budapest, Hungary.

    The creation of the Permanent Secretariat (PS) is supported by the Open Society Institute (OSI), which is founding the PS on behalf of the International Steering Committee (ISC). Legal procedures establishing the PS are expected to be completed by June 2007.

  • The Vodafone Hungary Foundation calls for applications of Civil Organizations, Associations, Foundations and Public Foundations and Public Companies with Hungarian official residence and legal operational permit. Project programs must be supporting the scholar performance of primary school aged (6-15 years) Roma children.
    Offered grants are non-refundable financial supports; retention is not a must for gaining them. The overall available sum for distribution amongst project applications amounts to 31 625 000 HUF.

  • The Open Society Institute and the Roma Education Fund announces the fourth year of RMUSP Law and Humanities Program for eligible Roma students at the university level.

  • The Open Society Institute and the Roma Education Fund announces the seventh year of the “Roma Memorial University Scholarship” (RMUSP) Core Program that offers a merit-based open competition for Roma nationality students in Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia, and Turkey.

  • The Advisory Board of Chance for Education Public Foundation aims to support students in the final semester of high school studies, with the purpose of providing support for those who live under adverse financial conditions and who would not be able to continue their studies without the support provided.

  • The National Action Plan „Roma in Latvia” is the first duration period of the state policy paper and action plan in the period of 2007 – 2009.

  • The Roma Democratic Development Association in Skopje in cooperation with the Open Society Institute, Roma Initiatives Office in Budapest is organizing the Western Balkans Decade of Roma Inclusion Conference “Continuous Dialog among Actors and Challenges for Implementation”

  • The Ministry of Social and Labour Affairs (SZMM) jointly with the Roma Education Fund have initiated a program for increasing the educational success of children living in Roma settlements. The REF is supporting settlements participating in the social and residential integrated model program of the SZMM the program was announced in 2005.

  • REF and the famous music production company Putumayo World Music have just signed a partnership agreement. A portion of Putumayo’s proceeds from the sale of the new Gypsy Groove CD, that has been released in March, 2007, will be donated to the Roma Education Fund. The grant will be used to support Roma NGO projects and scholarships. 
    Visit Putumayo's website to listen to sample tracks or to buy the album.

  • Budapest, April 2-3, 2007

    The Roma Education Fund has the pleasure to inform you about the international Conference on Education Reform to Support Roma Inclusion to be held in Budapest on April 2-3, 2007. The Conference is organized in collaboration with the Hungarian Government in the framework of the Decade for Roma Inclusion.