Recycling and Capacity-building Workshop: Call for Participants
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The Roma Entrepreneurship Development Initiative (REDI), in partnership with the Austrian organization Umweltdachverband, is organizing a Recycling and Capacity-building Workshop within the project “Roma and COVID-19: Build Back Better through Sustainable Waste Management”, funded by the Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer of the Republic of Austria.
The overall aim of the project is to improve the socio-economic situation of the Roma communities in North Macedonia, by strengthening their capacities in waste collection, repair, reuse and upcycling. Informal waste collectors have been working in the field for decades without official recognition, which is why this project strives to establish a primary waste separation system which will formalize their work and thus improve their working conditions and income opportunities.
The Recycling and Capacity-building Workshop will gather 20 Roma waste collectors coming from marginalized communities. It will focus on the treatment and storage of non-hazardous waste (paper and plastic) and the health and safety measures required when dealing with this waste-stream. These topics will be covered both theoretically and practically, with field visits of different waste treatment facilities – a recycling center and a warehouse – operating locally.
Deadline and eligibility
REDI – Roma Entrepreneurship Development Initiative
Deadline for submission of applications:
2 July 2022
Duration of the workshop:
4-9 July 2022
Working language of the workshop:
Marginalized people from the Roma community:
● Age: 18-50
● Roma people that already have some experience in repairing and upcycling waste;
● Young Roma in NEET (neither in employment nor education or training);
● Young Roma women – particularly encouraged to apply;
Candidates must be available for the entire duration of the training.
How to apply
Deadline: July 2, 2022
Who we are
The Roma Entrepreneurship Development Initiative (REDI) is a regional non-governmental organization covering Eastern Europe and the Balkans and currently operating in Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, and North Macedonia. REDI provides Roma entrepreneurs with support in their business development and access to affordable funding from microcredit institutions and banks. REDI’s mission is to sustain and create +20,000 jobs in the Roma communities by 2023 by helping existing entrepreneurs receive business development services and funding to accelerate their business growth and provide jobs within the Roma communities.