• The team

    PhD. Sorin Cace – President Tel.: +40 722652915 E-mail: corsorin[at]mailbox.ro   PhD. Corina Cace- Program Coordinator Tel.: +40 722615457 E-mail: corinacace[at]rdslink.ro   Anton Nicoleta Andreia – Program Coordinator Tel.: +40 723715478 E-mail: andreiascoican[at]gmail.com   Octavian Costin Petcu – Program Coordinator Tel.: +40 727340198 E-mail: octavian.petcu[at]yahoo.com

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  • Community development

    We design, organise and run real interventions, profound and efficient, for the welfare of the people, families and communities, irrespective of the age, sex, ethnic affiliation, political options or religious beliefs. We believe in values such as tolerance, pluralism, equity, inclusion, public participation, human rights, participative democracy, social responsibility, local initiative and entrepreneurial project. We mai mult..

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  • International cooperation

    The major responsibility of the Department for International Relations of the Association for Socio-economic Promotion and Development CATALACTICA is the initiation, administration and promotion of the relations of collaboration and cooperation with foreign partners… Its main activities are: Establish and maintain foreign relations with experts, public institutions, nongovernmental organisations, academic centres, research institutes and other mai mult..

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  • Training

    The Education-Training Department supplies services to the beneficiary persons and communities, to our partners, or services required by the organisations. These services consist in: Information and awareness raising on social and educational issues; Sessions of formation/training, coaching, assistance and orientation for the social workers, teaching and non-teaching staff, socio-educative animators, community facilitators, social mediators, representatives mai mult..

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  • Research-Development

    The Research-Development Department supplies services of fundamental and applied social research, development and innovation, using quantitative, qualitative or hybrid methodologies. The research activities were a major dimension of the preoccupations of the Association for Socio-economic Promotion and Development CATALACTICA from its very establishment. Currently, the portfolio of projects, our products and experts answer various requests mai mult..

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Executive summary

The project aims at editing a community development journal that will discuss the issues at hand from three points of view: economic, local participation and service-providing. Partnership with similar organizations in the Republic of Moldova and in Serbia will also draw on their expertise, making the journal regional in circulation and scope. The journal will be issued every three months, and interested organizations from other countries in the region are welcome to contribute.

1. Background

During recent years changes occurred in both the theory and practice of social policies. New institutions emerged, but welfare institutions are often bureaucratic in nature and lack the needed efficiency

Community Development Programs aim at encouraging the potential for development in local communities.

Community development is a field of priority interest for Romania and other CEEC in the region. The practice of community development is implemented through three ideal types of intervention:
– The economic approach—creating new jobs and, subsequently, income generating activities, investment in small and medium sized enterprises;
– The local participation approach—identifying and solving local problems, increasing associative capacity and behavior, developing human resources;
– The service-provider approach—developing the local community through social, educational and cultural services for specific target groups.

Notwithstanding the importance of economic problems for local communities, the majority of programs focused on social aspects, assuming that local stagnation is not only due to a lack of economic resources, but also to the lack of competence in identifying and utilizing such resources.

2. Purpose

To identify the best practices in current and past community development programs, as well as the practical pursuit of the three theoretical types of intervention, and to bring the acquired knowledge into a best practice journal for community development.

3. Objectives

a) To identify successful pathways in community development;

b) To increase the quality of information available to NGOs and public institutions about the profession of community worker and the ways to achieve desirable results for the community;

c) To expand the level of awareness among authorities and residents about the importance of getting involved with solving local community problems.

4. Beneficiaries/Target group

  • NGOs active in community development;
  • Local authorities;
  • Resource centers;
  • Social and economic experts.

These categories of beneficiaries need to be better informed about the professional profiles of community workers and the available means for intervention. Given that such information is not currently available, while it will be presented in a very accessible format, beneficiaries will welcome and easily use the journal.

5. Expected impact

Initiator and implementing organizations for community development projects will benefit from the availability of information related to best practices and success stories featured in the journal. This information will help these organizations develop their own activities in the field.