Supporting Romanian NGOs for direct assistance of victims of human trafficking

The objective is to support victims of human trafficking through direct assistance services provided by non-governmental organisations in Romania. A financial redistribution system will be established to finance victims assistance services provided by NGOs.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Enhanced security and safety
14.11.2014 - 31.08.2018
CHF 1'770'354

l Romania is a country of origin for trafficking in human beings (THB) with a large number of victims of trafficking (VoT) identified each year. The 2013 Eurostat report noted that most victims of trafficking originating from Europe come from Romania and Bulgaria (61%). Victims of trafficking that are returned to Romania rely on assistance services in the country. Implementation of victim assistance (VA) in Romania is carried out by NGOs, IOM and local administrations responsible for Social Assistance and Child Protection. ANITP evaluated the services provided to victims of trafficking by governmental institutions and the services were considered as inadequate mainly due to a lack of qualified personnel and insufficient budget allocations by county councils.


The project’s overall goal is to support victims of human trafficking. The goal will be achieved through the following specific objectives:

  • Efficient financial redistribution system (grant mechanism) within ANITP established to support NGOs that provide VoT assistance
  • Victims of trafficking assisted with quality services via NGOs
Target groups
  • Primary target group: Victims of Trafficking in human beings - women, men and children
  • Secondary Target group: NGOs active in the field of anti-trafficking; DGASPC;  staff of the shelters; and ANITP personnel

The first project outcome focuses on creating an efficient financial redistribution system (grant mechanism) within ANITP to support NGOs that provide VoT assistance. This will be achieved by creating institutional work methodology and procedures, providing training to ANITP staff in grant awarding and management and implementing programme publicity and visibility tools to promote the call for proposals. The second project outcome will assist victims of trafficking with quality services via NGOs, through the national anti-trafficking assistance system (grant mechanism) in Romania. This will be achieved by identifying and implementing projects of Romanian NGOs that provide VoT assistance.


Achieved results:  

(by the end of 2016) 

  • One week fund management trianing in Brussels and Geneva for ANITP staff
  • Grant mechanisms set up
  • Project Steeing Committee, Grant Board and Swiss ROmanian Working Group met in 2016

Expected results:  

  • Created institutional work methodology and procedures
  • ANITP staff trained in grant awarding and management
  • Implementation of programme publicity and visibility tools to promote the call for proposals
  • Programme implementation instruments (grant mechanism) created
  • Increased number of Romanian NGOs (that provide VoT assistance) receiving grants each year through ANITP

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Swiss Contribution to the enlarged EU
Project partners Contract partner
Private sector
  • Swiss Private Sector

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   1'770'354 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   0
Project phases Phase 21 01.03.2016 - 30.09.2018   (Current phase) Phase 20 01.04.2015 - 30.09.2017   (Current phase) Phase 19 02.05.2016 - 31.10.2017   (Current phase) Phase 18 01.09.2014 - 30.06.2017   (Current phase) Phase 17 14.11.2014 - 31.08.2018   (Current phase) Phase 16 01.02.2014 - 31.07.2015   (Completed) Phase 15 01.09.2014 - 31.08.2017   (Current phase) Phase 14 01.03.2013 - 31.12.2017   (Current phase) Phase 13 01.03.2013 - 30.11.2015   (Completed) Phase 12 01.11.2012 - 30.06.2018   (Current phase) Phase 11 01.04.2012 - 31.03.2013   (Completed) Phase 10 01.04.2012 - 30.06.2017   (Current phase) Phase 9 01.04.2012 - 15.06.2014   (Completed) Phase 8 01.03.2012 - 31.03.2018   (Current phase) Phase 7 01.03.2012 - 31.08.2013   (Completed) Phase 6 01.03.2012 - 15.11.2014   (Completed) Phase 5 01.03.2012 - 30.06.2018   (Current phase) Phase 4 01.03.2012 - 30.04.2017   (Completed) Phase 3 01.03.2012 - 30.07.2015   (Completed) Phase 2 01.01.2012 - 31.12.2017   (Current phase)