International Partner Organizations

Contact Point for Roma and Sinti Issues - OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights


The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is active throughout the OSCE area in the fields of election observation, democratic development, human rights, tolerance and non-discrimination, and rule of law. The ODIHR Contact Point addresses Roma and Sinti issues either directly through its programs or by promoting the establishment of institutional frameworks at local and national levels designed to advise governments and administrations on policy-making on Roma and Sinti affairs.


Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB)

The Council of Europe Development Bank is a multilateral development bank with a social vocation. Established in 1956 to develop solutions to the problems of refugees, its scope of action has progressively widened to other sectors of action directly contributing to strengthening social cohesion in Europe.


Council of Europe (CoE)


The Council of Europe, based in Strasbourg (France), now covers virtually the entire European continent, with its 47 member countries. Founded on 5 May 1949 by 10 countries, the Council of Europe seeks to develop throughout Europe common and democratic principles based on the European Convention on Human Rights and other reference texts on the protection of individuals.


European Commission (EC)

The European Commission acts as an executive of the European Union. The body is responsible for proposing legislation, implementing decisions, upholding the Union`s treaties and the general day-to-day running of the Union. European Commission has observing role in the Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005-2015.


European Network Against Racism (ENAR)

The European Network Against Racism (ENAR) is an EU-wide network of more than 600 organisations working to combat racism in all the EU member states. It acts as the voice of the anti-racist movement in Europe.

European Roma and Travellers Forum (ERTF)

The European Roma and Travellers Forum is an international Roma organization that brings together Roma NGOs from throughout Europe.  


European Roma Information Office (ERIO)

The European Roma Information Office is an international advocacy organization that promotes political and public discussion on Roma issues by providing factual and in-dept information on a range of policy issues to EU institutions, Roma civic organizations, governmental authorities and intergovernmental bodies.


European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC)


The European Roma Rights Centre is an international public interest law organization engaging in a range of activities aimed at combating anti-Romani racism and human rights abuse of Roma.


Forum of European Roma Young People (FERYP)


Forum of European Roma Young People was created in Strasbourg, France in 2002 with the mission to empower young Roma through supporting personal and organizational capacity building, promoting Roma identity, advocating for increased participation of Roma youth, fighting discrimination and Anti-gypsism and addressing challenges of diversity within the Roma community.  


International Romani Union (I.R.U.)


Established at the second World Romani Congress in 1978, the International Romani Union is an organization active for the rights of the Romani people.


Open Society Foundations (OSF)

The Open Society Foundations are the major nongovernmental supporter of efforts to improve the economic and social inclusion of Roma in Central and South Eastern Europe. Roma Initiatives guides and coordinates all aspects of OSF programming and grantmaking activity related to Roma within the framework of the Decade of Roma Inclusion.

Roma Education Fund (REF)


As a central pillar of the Decade, the Roma Education Fund was established in 2005 to expand educational opportunities for Roma communities in Central and Southeastern Europe. The goal of the REF is to contribute to closing the gap in educational outcomes between Roma and non-Roma, through policies and programs including desegregation of educational systems. 


United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)


The mission of UN-HABITAT is to promote socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements development and the achievement of adequate shelter for all. Its activities contribute to the overall objective of the United Nations system to reduce poverty and promote sustainable development within the context and the challenges of a rapidly urbanizing world.


United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) - The UN Refugee Agency

UNHCR, the United Nations refugee organization, is mandated by the United Nations to lead and coordinate international action for the world-wide protection of refugees and the resolution of refugee problems. UNHCR’s primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another state, and to return home voluntarily.

United Nations Children`s Fund (UNICEF)

UNICEF is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children`s rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. UNICEF is guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child and strives to establish children`s rights as enduring ethical principles and international standards of behavior towards children.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

UNDP is the UN`s global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. It operates in 166 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and its wide range of partners.


World Bank (WB)

The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. It is not a bank in the common sense; it is made up of two unique development institutions owned by 186 member countries—the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA). The World Bank addresses Roma issues in the context of its work on poverty and economic development in the region.

World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.  The WHO Regional Office for Europe works to improve the health of vulnerable groups—especially Roma, migrants, and other populations experiencing poverty and social exclusion.