IO1 involves the development of the specifications of the capacity building programme that will follow and the local pilot interventions for Roma women. Those specifications will be the end result, after identifying the exact needs and challenges that Roma women face in all participating countries, along with getting insight from practical good practices on integration of Roma women at local level, having education and training in their core.

The needs’ analysis report that will be the end result of IO1 will act as a solid base and background for the design of the capacity building programme and the local pilot interventions for Roma women. The implementation of this IO combines primary and desktop research, accompanied by an analytic work for defining the needs of Roma women and the respective skills and competences that educators (formal and non-formal) working with them should have for effectively support them.

Elements of innovation include the view of all needs, challenges and skills to be development from the point of view of the local context. Instead of identifying horizontal and crosscutting needs and also support areas, the PROMA methodology puts everything under the local framework, both in terms of organisations and stakeholders involved (local authorities, NGOs active at local level etc.) but also in terms of local competitive advantages (mainly related with the labour market and the economic activities) and social challenges.

The expected impact of the project includes highlighting the aspect of the local context as a driver for the inclusion of Roma women into local communities. This will not only provide the foundation for the work of the next Intellectual Outputs (development of the capacity building programme and implementation of the pilots), but also have an impact at the way the needs and challenges of Roma women are examined and also at highlighting the significance of the role of local actors in promoting the inclusion of Roma women at community level.

The structure and methodological approach of this task allows for a maximum transferability potential. All research and analytic activities, tools and techniques will be designed in a way that could be replicated to other contexts, if so desired. Even though the research and analysis will be performed in Romania, Spain, Greece and North Macedonia, the same tools and methodology can be used in any other context for the same purpose.