On Focus

New Open-access Book: Precarious Housing in Europe – A Critical Guide

The textbook Precarious Housing in Europe – A critical guide on cross-cutting issues around precarious housing in the Old Continent is now printed and available online to provide a profound and solid synthesis and analysis of the critical elements of housing precariousness. Chapter 5 and Chapter 6 – “Informal settlements” and “Homelessness” – were drafted by the research team of the Open Society Institute – Sofia and present the scope, causes and dynamics of homelessness and illegally built housing and settlements such as migrant camps, neighbourhoods with a high concentration of poverty and often ethnically segregated and marginalized urban areas.

10 Keys to effectively communicating human rights  

The “10 Keys” is a very handy practical communication manual on how to create consistent and engaging human rights messages. The manual is available in all EU languages plus in Albanian, Macedonian, Serbian, Turkish, and Russian.

CARE FOR TRUTH – AGAINST FAKE NEWS AND ANTI-ROMA DISINFORMATION

In this book, the authors have tried to compact the bulk of what has been done under the Care for Truth project. The resource materials developed would be useful to all those who directly or indirectly deal with the topics of anti-Roma disinformation, fake news, safer internet.

The absence of the state

For vulnerable groups, poor housing conditions are part of a vicious cycle of mutually reinforcing vulnerabilities. See more here:

Innovations for early child development at local level

Early childhood development is not yet a leading strategic priority in Bulgaria. Ensuring the rights of young children and policies targeting them remain mainly confined to the health, education and social sectors, lacking a holistic and integrated approach.

“My job will always require sacrifices. You could see the suffering in people’s eyes, the pleas for help in order to return home recovered.”

Emanuil Atanasov is from the town of Sredets, Burgas region, a student in the “Medical Assistant” degree program at the Thracian University – Stara Zagora. He is a scholarship holder in the program for Roma students enrolled in medical studies of the Active Citizens Fund Bulgaria, managed by the Trust for Social Achievement. In parallel with the adaptation to online education during the pandemic, in the first year of his studies, Emanuil joined the ranks of his fellow medical professionals in order to be useful in times that are difficult for our healthcare system

Meet Georgi Georgiev – A Roma Student With a Dream

There’s nothing like seeing young people pursue a dream. Georgi Georgiev, from Lom in Bulgaria, is one these young talents who succeed in pursuing their own goals – his dream took him to med school. He is currently pursuing his dream degree at Medical university- Varna.

We play, we learn and we grow together

„We play, we learn and we grow together“ is the slogan of one of the three projects that received consulting support under the Project Generation Facility of the Open Society Institute – Sofia and have been approved for funding under the procedure BGLD-2.003 – “Education and care in early childhood” funded by the Local Development, Poverty Reduction and Enhanced Inclusion of Vulnerable Groups Programme.