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National Strategy

2014 - 2018
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World Vision Romanias 2014-2018 strategy is focused on its core mission: to serve Romanias children, especially
the most vulnerable. The courage to embrace an ambitious goal of reaching 2.25 million children in this period is
rooted in our past ministry successes and in trusting in Gods help and guidance. Building on these successes and
with an aim to continue to strengthen our organizations sustainability, fostering a culture of excellence and
innovation, World Vision Romanias national strategy will focus on:
Child Wellbeing Aspirations All ministry objectives included in this strategic plan have a direct contribution to
the Partnerships Child Wellbeing Aspirations and Objectives. More specifically, they address issues related to
childrens health, nutrition, education, participation, protection, and spiritual development.
Advocate for Children: Through advocacy on behalf of children, we strive to increase the well-being of 2.2 million
children by 2018. To support this target, we will focus on building a strong advocacy team, expanding our
geographic target and sharing of expertise through Learning Hubs. A special focus will be on building our capacity
to mobilize communities for local level advocacy, while documenting rural realities and bringing the grass roots
evidence to the national level to be included on the public agenda alongside our best practice models.
Sustainability Through Resource Acquisition and Management: We will provide continuity of ministry to the boys
and girls of Romania through a local fundraising program that fully leverages available funding opportunities.
Approximately 80% of the local funding mix will come through grant acquisition, while the remainder will be
supplied through marketing fundraising through the introduction of sustainable products, such as WVR local
Train for Increased Organizational Capacity: We believe our staff are our greatest as Competitiveness and
sustainability of the organization are inherently related to our Organizational Capacity Plans. The organization will
take full advantage of the WVI Partnerships support, including through the Program Support Team mechanism, to
prioritize our capacity needs and to address potential gaps in a strategic manner built into the present multi-year
MO1 : Children have access to essential health services and nutrition: 1,710,000
MO2: Children are Educated for life: 595,000
MO3 : Experiencing God`s love, children value and care for others, their community, and the
environment: 20,000 children

MO4 : Community members provide well for their children
MO5: Children are cared for, protected and participate in decisions that affect their lives: 22,000
Total: Improved wellbeing of 2.25 million children

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The Need
In the past 22 years Romanias child population contracted by over 40% (from 6.6 mil in 1990 to 3.6 mil in
2012) due to constant negative growth rate and lately due to migration of the young families. The rural child
population is almost 2 million (1.946.189). The countrys economy, severely affected by the global crisis, is
reportedly slightly recovering.
Unresolved systemic issues continue to jeopardize the childrens chances to a fulfilling life and the
countrys long-term development perspectives:
Child nutrition, immunization and access to health services indicators worsened in the past 3 years:
10.4% under 2-years old wasting (double compared to same study in 2004) and 5.5% under 2-years old
stunting; 26% immunization coverage for DTP 4;
48% of the children are living under the poverty line and are at risk of social exclusion and 78% of the
countrys child population are materially deprived, according to EU;
Access to quality education is declining, with increasing gaps between urban and rural children, as only
77.9% of the children in rural areas graduate secondary education.

With cost of living increasing despite the crisis, poverty continued to disproportionally affect rural
population. The number of people living under the poverty line was 6 times higher in the rural areas compared
with the urban settings. According to the Ministry of Labor, Family, Social Protection and Elderly, in 2011 40.3% of
the population was at risk of poverty, with 6,28 million people living in material deprivation. Rural Romania is
home to 47.2% of its population. The average income per rural households in 2011 was 24.7% lower than in urban
areas and the agricultural production for house consumption accounted for 38.3% of the household income. The
adolescents access to economic opportunities remains a concern, as only 38% of high-school graduates in rural
areas find jobs and 61% of the youth above 19 have never worked.
Most vulnerable children include children who are living in the poorest families, with limited access to
essential services, including education, health and protection. Among these families, Roma people (accounting for
3.2% of the general population, or 619.000 people) remain an especially vulnerable group. The percentage of
children separated from their families remains high, despite the early successes of the child protection reform in
Romania. The children and youth with disabilities are a particularly vulnerable group. While most the 71.400
children with disabilities are living with their family, a still large percentage (12%) is placed in specialized
residential services. This is mostly related to the lack of rehabilitation and social / educational integration services
at the community level.

In the first half of 2012 there were 5.665 registered cases of child abuse, neglect or exploitation. This
represents an increase compared to the same period of last year (5.550) and is part of an ascendant trend. The
lack of social and child protection services at the local level makes the prevention of child abuse and neglect rather
impossible, and the reduction of the child protection budgets severely affected the states capacity to find
solutions for children who are currently at risk.

An alarming phenomenon is the very high number of children left behind by parents migrating to other
countries in search of better job opportunities. The official statistics report about 83.474 children whose parents
are working abroad, but NGO community estimates that the number is in fact much larger (up to 350.000 in 2008)
and that the underestimation is generated by the lack of monitoring and visibility.

Landscape Analysis
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Corruption is considered a critical issue by 93% of the Romanians. In 2012, 30% of the people stated that
they have been required to pay bribes for services in the past 12 months. Youth poling shows distrust in the
Government (48%), political parties (50%) and the Parliament (46%). However, according to WVRs assessments,
99% of the population remains reluctant to participate in the decision-making processes.

In the past two decades Romania had free and independent elections, although the basic principles of
democracy and active citizenship are far from being ingrained. The socio-political stability of the country and the
sustainability of political, economic and social reforms remain fragile. Therefore Romania is still under EUs close
scrutiny, through a biannual Cooperation and Verification Mechanism that documents the sustainability and
irreversibility of the reforms put in place, the independence of justice and corruption. Notwithstanding these facts,
Romania remains a pole of stability in the region, with constant low levels (green) of security risks and non-violent

In the past years the country has not had any major natural disasters, despite its geological position that
makes it prone to earthquakes. The most common types of risks are the floods, massive snowfalls and droughts,
present in significant areas of the country in the past years. The most affected was the poor population living in
(isolated) rural areas.

Weak infrastructure (roads, transportation, access to improved drinking water sources and sanitation in
rural areas, etc.) remains a barrier to the socio-economic development. However, mobile communications and
internet connectivity have seen the most important development in the past years. Romania is one of the leading
countries in the world in terms of high speed internet access in larger cities and, in the internet era, this creates
significant prospects for development.
The Opportunity
The EU funding remains an important opportunity for development, although clouded by bureaucratic and
administrative barriers. In the past 6 years Romania had modest performance in attracting Structural Funds, with a
13.05% absorption rate.
Romanias geographic, social and political position presents a series of other opportunities that were pondered in
this strategy, including EU membership, supporting legislation (i.e. guaranteed rights for childrens education,
health and protection, a national framework for rural development).

Moreover, there are other opportunities for the organizations sustainability and growth, such as WVRs existing
national strategic partnerships as well as the multinational partners of WVI, former experiences in accessing EU
grants, fundraising and in delivering state-of-the-art services for children that can continue to attract volunteers
interest and attention.

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Landscape Analysis
With humility and faith, we join God's work for children and families for a life of love, safety and well-

Working with children, families, communities, and civil society World Vision Romania will help
to improve the wellbeing of children and youth, especially the most vulnerable.
2.25 million girls and boys

Ministry Objective 1
Children enjoy good health

Ministry Objective 2
Children are Educated for Life

Ministry Objective 3
Experiencing God`s love, children
value and care for others, their
community, and the environment

Ministry Objective 4
Community members provide well for their children

Ministry Objective 5
Children are cared for, protected and participate in
decisions that affect their lives

Organizational Objective 1
Improved stewardship of financial and human resources
toward sustainability

Organizational Objective 2
Build a culture of excellence through human capital
development and innovation

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Main problems: 1. High infant mortality, 2. Infant and maternal anemia, 3. Low access to healthcare services.
a. Infant mortality rate remains the highest in the European Union, at 9,4. The main causes are respiratory
diseases and pneumonia, followed by congenital problems.
b. Anemia is prevalent in 48% of children between 6-11 months old and in 43.6% of children 12-24 months old
(UNICEF, unpublished study, 2012). Additionally, according to UNICEF:
7.7% of 2 years old-children never received Vitamin D
10.4% of children had small weight for height (wasting) more than double compared with the same indicator measured in
12.6% of the children under 6 months are exclusively breastfed.
Anemia prevalence among pregnant women is 41.3%
80% of 0-5 child deaths are from the rural areas; in 4 out of 5 cases mothers were not able to recognize warning signs and take
the children to doctors in due time. (UNICEF, 2005).
c. WVRs study on The Wellbeing of Children Living in Rural Areas, 2012, shows that almost two thirds of the families treat their sick
children at home, without visiting a doctor, and of those who are going to the doctor, two-thirds take their child to the nearby town and
only one third of the village doctor.

Outcome 1: Children under 5 are well

20% reduction in wasting for children
under 5 compared to baseline

1.700.000 children under 5 impacted at
the national level by nurses or family
doctors trained using WVR-piloted

1.1 Medical staff providing primary health care is trained to provide quality medical
assistance, including counseling on nutrition.
- Design an accredited training program for primary healthcare providers, doctors and
nurses, in partnership with National Center for Studies in Family Medicine and National
Association of Nurses, focusing on nutrition and health for children up to 5 years of age
and piloting new tools for monitoring child development in primary care practice.
- Scale up pilot to national level by partner organizations with WVR support to improve the
training of health professionals and consequently the quality of health services in
communities through standardized monitoring of children.
1.2 Family doctors provide improved services to all children.
- Advocate for a fee for service remuneration of family doctors for preventive medicine
related to monitoring and supervision of childrens health status, development and

Outcome 2: Children under 5 access
essential health services

850.000 children under 12 months have
improved access to vaccination and
preventive medication

2.1 Community members are aware and exercise their rights to access essential health
services, including preventive care.
- Children and caregivers are informed through various means (information sessions,
children club sessions, parents school, public events, etc) about their rights regarding
accessing health sector and about healthy lifestyle in order to actively take responsibility
for their own health and the health of their children.
2.2 Legal framework is harmonized with existing children's health clinical guidelines.
- Existing national key guidelines and protocols (i.e. anemia prophylaxis of pregnant women
and anemia and rickets prophylaxis among children) developed in agreement with WHO
recommendations are not accurately reflected in the indicators of the national programs
and poorly funded and implemented.
- WVR will advocate for adequate funding to enable all eligible children and pregnant
women to benefit from the provisions of the current guidelines and protocols developed
by Romanian experts and adopted as such by the Ministry of Health.
2.3 Children under two are protected from disease and infection.
- WVR will advocate through the Coalition for a New Prevention with Ministry of Health to
introduce the pneumococcal vaccine in the national vaccination scheme and especially to
ensure adequate funding.

Access to health services and nutrition
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Main problems: 1. Discrepancies between rural and urban, 2. High dropout in rural areas, 3. Functional illiteracy.
- High discrepancy between rural and urban education in terms of school attendance (enrollment of 87.8% vs. 108.9%,
and graduation of 77.9% vs. 102%) and quality of education (grades <5 are 23.2% vs. 13.6%, and grades >9 are 4.3% vs.
- Roma childrens access to education is even more problematic: only 15.9% graduate high school education and only 0.5% attend
higher education.
- Only 87.8% of the children in rural areas are being enrolled in secondary education and only 77.9% of them graduate.
Age-appropriate reading tests show a 50% comprehension rate among students between 7 and 17 years of age.

Outcome 1
Increase the number of children who
complete compulsory education.

92% of the girls and boys have completed
eight years of basic education in a structured
learning institution
Reduce by 25% the proportion of children
who have dropped out of school
1. 1 Public policy for a national mechanism to prevent school abandonment
developed and piloted in partnership with relevant public institutions.
a) Pilot a mechanism to reduce school dropout at the community level and
document its impact for national scale-up. The preventive mechanism will include
improved collaboration between social and educational services.
b) Advocate for policy changes and regulations to improve the inter-institutional
involvement of the state social and educational services in protecting the
childrens right to education as an integral part of ensuring the development of
childrens full potential.

1.2 Parents of the most vulnerable children support school participation as a result of
increased awareness of the importance of education.
a) Promote the childs right to education and the parental responsibility to support
school participation. A public awareness campaign will be implemented in
partnership with local stakeholders (Church, local authorities, schools, social
services) to ensure that parents of the most vulnerable children are informed and
mobilized to participate in Parents School and local level advocacy (CV&A).
b) Seek successful grassroots models of parent participation in school boards and
advocate at central level for regulations to improve parent involvement in schools
educational outcomes.

1.3 The most vulnerable children improve school attendance.
a) Organize non-formal remedial and gifted education learning opportunities for
children in our ADPs.
b) Partner with the Church to promote a positive attitude of children toward
c) Empower Community Initiative Groups to address childrens school dropout and

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Outcome 2
Increase in percentage of children who are
functionally literate by age 11.
Increase by 20% the percentage of children
who are functionally literate by age 11.

2.1 Parents Associations and Student Councils able to advocate for increased quality
of education.
a) Build the capacity of Parents Association and Student Councils to act as important
players in improving quality of education in rural communities.
b) Most vulnerable children and their parents are involved in local level advocacy,
including Parents Associations and Student Councils.
c) Create opportunities and increase capacity of WVRs Childrens Consultative
Council to advocate for improved quality of education in rural areas in front of
political leaders and the general public.

2.2 Remedial education mechanisms are in place to correct the risk of functional
illiteracy (in school, as part of After School or Childrens Clubs)
a) Communities develop mechanisms of remedial education (such as After School or
other programs) with the involvement of voluntary teachers, peer educators or
other volunteers to help with homework supervision, and recovery of educational
b) Advocate for generalized After School program as a framework of services
around the child (mostly social, nutritional and educational).
c) Advocate for improved access of children to adequate resources at community
level, including: support teachers, school counseling, speech therapy, etc.
d) Partnerships with education stakeholders (school staff, CCD, CJRAE) for
implementing modern and inclusive methods of education.
e) Develop a national platform, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, for
recognizing teachers that contribute significantly to increasing the quality of
education in Romania, especially in difficult contexts.

Children are educated for life

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Main Problems: 1. Absence of good role models, 2. Decreasing charitable behaviours, 3. Increased criminality, drug use
and early pregnancies among adolescents.
- children are less aware that loving neighbour is a description of christian behaviour compared to adults (60.22%
children compared to 78.96% adults); children and adolescents are more vulnerable to criminality and use of alchool, drugs and early
pregnancies (3.373 children were sentenced for illegal activities; 1 in 10 children under 13 experienced drunkness; and 11.8% of the
newborn children in romania are from parents between 15 and 19 years old).
1. The church supports parents in fostering
the spiritual nurture of their children.

An increase of 20% in children who indicate
that they consider their parents or
caregivers a good spiritual model.

1.1 Church representatives are equipped with holistic/ transformational development
principles and instruments.
a) WVR will partner with relevant organizations to develop and implement workshops
and curricula for the holistic community development, including experience
exchange programs for religious leaders.
b) We will aim to formalize this training through partnership with theological
institutions as initial training for future priests and pastors.

1.2 Church and community leaders are equipped to help families raise their children
based on Christian principles.
a) WVR will develop and pilot a Christian parenting education program in partnership
with the church to empower parents to fulfill this God-given mandate.
b) WVR will work with the church and other Christian organizations to disseminate the
training through a TOT approach.
c) The church and community leadership organizes parents education events
2. Increase the spiritual nurture of children

50% increase in number of children who
report greater awareness and experience of
Gods love.

2.1 Childrens Christian character is built in partnership with their families and the

a) WVR will continue to encourage the Church and other local entities to provide the
means for the spiritual nurture of children (i.e. Christian education, positive role
modeling, and programs that highlight the value of education).
b) WVR will research and communicate the impact of spiritual nurture of children on
reducing social risks such as school drop out, violence, drug and alcohol abuse,
early pregnancy, etc.)

2.2 Children (12-18) are provided with Christian leadership development

a) WVR will provide Christian leadership opportunities for youth, in partnership with
the Church and other local organizations, including formal and informal youth
groups (i.e. sports teams, dance groups, volunteer youth groups, etc.)

Experiencing Gods love, children value and care for others, their community and environment

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3. Children (12-18) practice Christian values
by developing initiatives related to
environment and community members in
50% of the campaigning children report
increased understanding of the environment
as Gods creation.

3.1 Ethics in life Christian principles of life are promoted at the community level in
order to encourage sustainable development

a) In partnership with the local church WVR will create opportunities for children to
put in practice the Christian values they are taught.
b) Adolescents are involved in social charity actions to support community
development (fundraising for the poorest community members, tutoring
with the younger children, support for the elders, etc).

3.2 Care for creation stewardship principles of the world God has created and
entrusted us will be shared and integrated in program designs

a) WVR will work with children to develop specific campaigns to increase public
awareness regarding the value of nature as the creation of God and our
responsibility towards it.
b) Children will discover a renewed sense of respect and learn to appreciate the
environment as Gods creation by being involved in preparing awareness

Experiencing Gods love, children value and care for others, their community and environment

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Main problems: 1. High rural poverty. 2. High rural youth unemployment or inactivity.
Rural poverty is 6 times higher than the urban. The average monthly income per household in rural areas is 24.7%
smaller than the national average, while 38.3% of the rural household income comes from subsistence agriculture.
The youth (15 -24 years) unemployment rate in Romania reached 25,4% in 2011. In the rural areas the phenomenon is dramatic: 61%
of the youth never had a job. One in four children declares that sometimes does not receive enough food, and 11% of them say that
they go to bed hungry.
Youth are not attracted to a career in agriculture due to perceived low social status and lack of modern practices and adequate
education. Thus, despite the EU allocation of 17.7 billion Euro for agriculture, human capacity to implement the special measures is
1. Parents and caregivers are empowered to
increase their income.
Increase by 10% proportion of parents or
caregivers who are able to provide well for
their children

1.1 Community members are aware of existing economic
opportunities (EU funds, etc) and are able to access available funding.
a) WVR will organize information/education campaigns for community
members about existing economic development opportunities
provided by the EU funds for small and subsistence farming.
b) WVR will organize capacity building events for the Local Action
Groups (LAGs), including experience sharing among successful LAGs.
c) WVR will advocate for increased transparency and improved
communication towards small and subsistence farmers, for more
effective intervention of the LEADER program for 2014-2020.

1.2 Adults (families) and youth are accessing vocational and business
training, correlated with existing National Plan for Rural Development
opportunities, the market needs, and the households economic
a) WVR will continue to involve critical actors in the assessment of
sustainable economic growth opportunities of the ADPs and will
inform people of training options that are best suited for the
economic prospects of their community.
b) Vocational counseling and hands-on trainings will be provided by
WV through economic development project models methodology
(Business facilitation, Value-chain), with a special emphasis on
supporting subsistence farmers to become eligible for National Plan
for Rural and Agricultural Development from education point of
c) Agricultural inputs may be provided as a match to the existing
familys resources so that they can became eligible for subsidies and
special support schemes for subsistence agriculture.
d) Hands-on business training (farm business plan, financial
statements, marketing) will be made available to small farmers and
to youth ready to apply for targeted EU funding.

1.3 Families at risk and with scarce resources are provided support for
improving child nutrition through integrated economic development,
health and education interventions.
a) Families at risk will receive a package consisting of agricultural
inputs, technical assistance and training.

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b) A special curriculum developed for this target group: The Good
Steward/ Household Manager integrating spiritual principles and
economic development will be provided to help families better
manage limited resources toward improved child nutrition.
Outcome 2
Youth are prepared for economic
Increase by 20% the number of youth have a
learning opportunity that leads to a
productive life compared to baseline

2.1 Public policy promotes, sustains and ensures funding of a good
quality vocational/agricultural education
a) WVR will work to create solid partnerships (Ministry of Agriculture
and Rural Development, Ministry of Education, private businesses,
local authorities, youth and other relevant stakeholders) meant to
promote, sustain and finance a good quality vocational/agricultural
b) Public policy will be developed jointly by the national partners to
provide incentives for youth and farmers to participate in an
improved educational model for agriculture.

2.2 Youth (and parents) are provided with hands-on experience in
agro-business to stimulate their desire for a career or business in
a) WVR will pilot an innovative educational package for children and
youth at the AgroVision demonstration farm that will be
reorganized to host children in agricultural summer schools and
provide internships for students of vocational schools.
b) As part of the pilot WVR will prepare creative instruments
(multimedia, e-farm, videos) aiming to attract children and youth
toward agriculture and rural qualifications.
c) Information campaigns and childrens summer schools will be
organized by WVR to help parents and children understand the
great potential of a career in agriculture and to determine the
most successful children living in rural areas to choose agriculture
or rural development as a desired career path.

2.3 Trained youth access specific EU measures for careers and business
opportunities in rural areas.
a) WV will provide information and tailored training programs for the
youth in the ADPs regarding rural opportunities for youth stipulated
by various structural funds.
b) WV will assemble a compendium of resources necessary for setting
up and financing small business initiatives.

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Main Problems: 1. Child abuse and neglect increasing; 2. Lack of community concern in protecting and involving
children; 3. The most vulnerable families and children are worst affected by slow onset disasters.

In the first half of 2012 there were 5.665 registered cases of child abuse, neglect or exploitation. This represents an increase
compared to the same period of previous year (5.550) and is part of an ascendant trend. Among these cases, 3.193 were registered in
the rural and 2.472 in the urban settings and 93% happened in families. The lack of child protection services at the local level makes
prevention of child abuse and neglect rather impossible.

Outcome 1
Children are protected in their family and

Community and family behavior creates a
protective environment for children

70% of children report increased levels of
wellbeing in ADPs compared to baseline

1.1. Parents are informed and aware of the children's rights and know how to respond
to their needs.
a) Parents, including parents of MVC, will benefit of Parents School/Parental
Education that will be delivered at local level in partnership with other local
stakeholders (school, church, social services, etc), based on training curricula
developed by WVR.
b) Public awareness campaigns will contribute to informing parents on their
parental responsibilities to observe the rights of their children.
c) WVR will advocate at the national level for increased parental and community
responsibility toward childrens rights, including specific measures built in the
Nationals Strategy for Childrens Rights 2014 2018.
1.2. Community members and local authorities are aware of risks, intervention means,
and referral and reporting mechanisms.
a) Communities, including MVC, will be involved in training, public awareness/
information campaigns addressing risks identification (domestic violence, school
dropout, child abuse & neglect, exploitation and trafficking), and the referral and
response mechanisms.
b) Awareness campaigns and CP training and information will be prepared and
delivered in partnership with the local authorities (mayors offices/Public Social
Work Services) and churches.
c) WVR will partner with relevant NGOs (i.e. FONPC, The Childs Phone) and public
structures (national, county and local social work services) to follow up in
providing relevant information and awareness.
1.3. Professionals (health, education, protection) in the community function as a
network for child protection (case management).
a) Child Protection and case management training will be provided to local partners
to build their capacity to function as a network of professionals (social workers,
educators, doctors and nurses, police officers, priests, etc) in order to early
identify and respond to CP risk situations.
b) The training will be provided based on partnership agreements signed at the
national level with the relevant structures.
c) The Romanian experience and expertise in developing a child protection network
will inform the Policy Change for Children Learning Hub.
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Children are cared for, protected and participate in decisions that affect their lives
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Outcome 2

Children are respected participants in
decisions that affect their lives.
30% increase in the number of youth who
report that their views are sought and
incorporated in the decisions at the local

2.1 Community Initiative Groups and Student Councils include children from the most
vulnerable groups.
a) Initiative Groups and Pupils Councils will be provided with support/ training to
actively involve MVC and to include MVC-related issues in their activities and
2.2 Community Initiative Group /Student Council decisions are included on the agenda
of the local authorities and communicated at the national level.
a) Children (including MVC) will be provided with training on local level advocacy and
will receive support to bring their initiatives to the table of the decision-making
local authorities.
b) A Childrens Consultative Council will be formed to collect the childrens issues
from the local level and represent them in meetings with relevant national
structures. The Childrens Consultative Councils representatives will meet
periodically with WVRs Board and will work with the Regional Youth Participation
and Child Protection Learning Hubs in coordination with other WV MEER
Outcome 3
Mitigation of Emergencies and Disaster
Preparedness Plans are in Place

25% increase in number of families with a
family plan for disaster situations

3.1 Resources are prepositioned at community level for disaster situations
a) WVR will work with the local Disaster Risk Reduction structures and will partner
with the county and national public institutions responsible to ensure coordination
of disaster mitigation efforts in Romania and other NGO partners active in DRR

3.2 Communities members, including the most vulnerable, are aware of their role and
their communitys disasters management plans.
a) Simulations, practical exercises will be organized in each ADP to prepare both staff
and the population for emergencies and to help increase community and family
b) Communities Disaster Preparedness Plans are debated and benefit of input from
vulnerable families and children and Hyogo measures in Disaster Risk Reduction
are known at local level in rural areas.

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World Vision Romania proposes an approach that is more targeted toward impacting children and youth,
especially the most vulnerable. All interventions proposed under the Ministry Objectives will be implemented
based on WVIs principles of sustainable development and contributing to the Partnerships strategic mandates:

1. Reinforce our Christian foundations, identity and witness
2. Strengthen our grass roots field capacity and ministry
3. Grow resources and influence to increase our impact with children, communities and supporters
4. Be an authoritative voice at all levels driving change for the children and the poor
5. Build the organization and its sustainability

With the adoption of DPA model in 3 ADPs, but also based on our approach of achieving lasting, sustainable
change in the communities we serve, the use and strengthening of local partnerships remains a priority. WVR will
achieve the Ministry Objectives working through the following Ministry Support Strategies:

1. Increased capacity of local structures, including community volunteers organizations, toward sustainability:
1.1. Development of capacity building methodologies that include:
Capacity building plans
Financial accountability
1.2. Local structures active participation in capacity building programs
National framework developed

2. Strategic partnerships, at national and local level:
2.1. Revised procedures for establishing partnership agreements
2.2. Partnerships with relevant national and local partners

In all interventions WVR reaffirms its Christian identity, working in partnership with all churches, civil society and
parents to help children develop strong Christian values, based on our integrated model approach

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World Vision Romania will demonstrate good
stewardship of financial and human
resources toward sustainability.

In the upcoming years World Vision Romania will focus on
diversifying local funding and constantly adapting the
organizational structure to the funding models, to ensure
competitiveness and increase sustainability. In attaining this goal,
WVR will build on the already existing expertise and will take full
advantage of the demonstrated WVI Partnerships support.


Increased local sustainability through diversified
funding sources.

- 1 new ADP and 2 replacement ADPs.
- Win rate of 50%.
- Yearly grant portfolio of $ 8 mil.
- 1 ADP locally funded.

1.1 Maximize life of existing ADPs and seek to expand area of
ministry through the addition of replacement or new ADPs.
a. Identify existing or new WVI partner SOs interested in
starting or expanding their ministry program in Romania.

1.2 Increased local funding through diversified grants that
leverage existing ministry engagements or expand national
a. Develop and maintain a proactive strategy and grant pipeline
for following 12 months.
b. Participate in all relevant open calls with applications that
enhance the ministry of our ADPs, that create opportunities
for partnerships with other WV offices, and that contribute
to enlarging our national presence and create significant
local partnerships.

1.3 Local fundraising will support and help expand reach of
national ministry.
a. Introduce and grow local sponsorship into a sustainable
model to fund at least one national ADP.
b. Local fundraising will cover at least 50% of grants matching
funds requirements.
c. WVRs local fundraising experience will be used to enhance
this function in other offices within MEER.

Outcome 2:

Increase the efficiency of organizational

- Decrease indirect costs by 15%

2.1 Optimize organizational cost structure in line with income
development and ministry focus.
a. Plan for transitioning ADPs to retain talent for grant programs
and help outgoing staff find opportunities outside WV.
b. Adjust and transform organization to effectively and
efficiently function under a grant-majority funding scenario.
2.2 Increase the volunteers involvement.
a. Strengthen and grow role of volunteers within all WVRs work
sites in order to maximize field impact and decrease cost
b. Develop a volunteer driven ministry line/area to encourage
greater involvement of volunteers.


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Build a culture of excellence through
human capital and innovation

Recommendations of Program Capability Review:
1. Mobilizing communities to bring their own change at local level
has been less successful. Once again, the office should 2.
document and share its experiences to identify what works best in
their context and to build an 3. evidence base for advocacy
integration and monitoring. SO partner assessments were
appreciative of WV Romanias efforts to work collaboratively and
to provide services such as donor reporting, financial reporting and
sponsor communication with consistent timeliness and quality. The
office is encouraged to use the newly forming Programme Support
Team as an opportunity to 4. engage their partners more regularly
on joint learning and strategic matters.

Outcome 1:
Organizational capacity is strengthened by a
high level of professionalism and advanced staff
- 100% achievement of individualized staff
development plans in support of strategic
- 50% leaders certified in spiritual

1.1 P&C mechanisms support development of professional
a) Professional training programs for each staff level are made
available to increase standards of professionalism.
b) Leadership training programs for management levels, with
specific focus on leading people towards high achievements.
c) Introduce performance-based rewards to promote innovation,
high achievements, and maximum impact.

1.2 Current and future WVR leaders embrace and promote the
organizations Christian ethos and its spiritual values.
a) Spiritual leadership development offered to staff on a yearly
basis, and to all new staff members upon hire.
b) Middle management and senior leaders are provided with
opportunities to promote the organizations Christian values
to colleagues and work partners.

Outcome 2:
Promote an innovation, learning and reflective
- 2 Learning Hubs functional and providing
learning opportunities for staff in the
- Staff prioritize innovation and share best
- Increased WVR scientific profile through
research document published yearly
2.1 Learning Hub - participate and host at least two regional
learning hubs.
a) Policy Change For Children (PC4C) learning hub will help
increase level of learning and innovation, and extend WVRs
ministry in the country and abroad.
b) Local Fundraising (NRD) Learning Hub will help share local
knowledge within the region, gather examples of best
practices, and equip other offices to start local fundraising
2.2 A culture of innovation
a) Innovation in ministry will be a topic at the semi-annual
ministry forums.
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opportunities that may be adapted to local context.
2.3 Research, process documentation, and specialty writing will
hold an increasingly important role in communicating WVs
impact and achievements.
a) WVR will undertake a yearly research in partnership with
academic institutions and other partners to document and
communicate field realities.
b) WVR staff will take leading roles in research studies and
documentation of field realities.
c) WVR will create a yearly best practice document to highlight
successful approaches for each department.

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The main target groups for the National Strategy are the most vulnerable
children, youth and families, living in the rural communities where World Vision
Romania currently works.
Through advocacy World Vision Romania will strive to improve access of all
children to quality services at the community level, including improved quality
health services and immunization, access to education and adequate social
Among the most vulnerable groups World Vision Romania will prioritize children
with disabilities, children with at least one parent abroad, children from families
with no income, including Roma families, single-parent children and children
separated from their family.
Additionally, we are looking at expanding geographically, to ensure that we can
impact 500.000 children and youth, a far greater number than the number of
Registered Children in our communities.
In achieving our Goal, World Vision Romania will:
Implement strategic grants and programs that ultimately aim to contribute to
improving the wellbeing of children and youth who are most at risk, without
excluding those who can easily become vulnerable in the absence of adequate
measures to ensure their wellbeing;

Strengthen our capacity to advocate for justice for the most vulnerable
children and youth both at the local and national level, through accurate
documentation of grass-roots realities, and using evidence-based approaches
to impact public policies;

Using Romanias new donor country status, World Vision Romania will support
expanding our geographic focus in countries considered priority for Romanian
Government funding. We will advocate for placing child wellbeing on the list of
Romanias funding priorities for these countries, with an aim to share WVRs
experience in working for child protection system reforms that effectively
improve the lives of the most vulnerable children in target countries. This is in
line with the strategic intent of the Policy Change for Children Learning Hub

Working with children,
families, communities, and
civil society World Vision
Romania will help improve
the well being of 2.25
million children and youth,
especially the most
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