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Bucharest Powered by People – leadership in times of crisis

Bucharest Community Foundation

ABOUT: The Bucharest Community Foundation brings together donors, NGOs and initiative groups, in order to develop communities where we feel at home. We build fundraising mechanisms, grant-making funds, project incubators and community leadership programs and offered over 2.1 million EUR to more than 500 projects.

PROJECT’S MAIN GOAL: Within the project BCF wanted to support small and grassroots organizations working with vulnerable communities in Bucharest to come up with new strategies and solutions to help themselves, as organizations, but also help and empower their beneficiaries to get by and improve their livelihood, so they all survive the current crisis and become more agile in these disruptive times.

PROJECT’S DESCRIPTION:  Bucharest Community Foundation collaborates with Maastricht School of Management in Romania, to support 16 small and grassroots organizations working with vulnerable communities, in becoming more agile in these disruptive times. They are adapting for NGOs the MSM’s capacity building program for start-ups and small businesses, complemented with a fundraising workshop and a facilitated process of networking and group work. The objective is to share and work together on common issues and ways of engagement with, and empowering the vulnerable communities they are working with. They are also introducing the SDGs, so that participants can measure and acknowledge their local contribution towards a global platform.

SDG TARGETS: the organizations they are working with in this program are contributing to the following targets:

1.5. By 2030, build the resilience of the poor and those in vulnerable situations and reduce their exposure and vulnerability to climate-related extreme events and other economic, social and environmental shocks and disasters.

2.1. By 2030, end hunger and ensure access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, including infants, to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round.

3.4.  By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well- being.

3.7.  By 2030, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including for family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programmes.

4.1 . By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes.

5.2. Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation.

5.6.  Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as agreed in accordance with the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome documents of their review conferences.

10.2. By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status.

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