Romanian Partner


FUNDATIA PENTRU MESTESUGURI/CRAFTS FOUNDATION ROMANIA (CFR), Romania (RO) , was established in April 1997 as a non-governmental organisation to promote Romanian small and medium-sized craft businesses and to help them to improve performance. Guided by a board of seven founders who are all specialists in their own craft-related fields, the Foundation is based in Bucharest, Romania. Since July 2001 Craft Foundation Romania is member of World Crafts Council International and World Crafts Council Europe .CFR offers training and consultancy services (improving design, management and marketing capabilities of crafts enterprises), information services (supply of contact and visual information to and about crafts enterprises from a database of national and international contacts), resource centre (providing crafts enterprises with access to information and publications, which assist their development), promotion (focusing attention on the Romanian crafts sector through promotion in national and international events and media), project development and management (development of projects, which directly benefit small to medium-sized crafts enterprises) and advocacy (co-operation in networks with national and international governmental and non-governmental bodies, which address issues and determine policies related to crafts).
Implemented projects: InfoCrafts - grant from Department for International Development (DFID), 2000, pilot project - Crafts Development Project -- for institutional development and the provision of design, technical, marketing and management consultancy to six small textile crafts business in North-West Romania; HIDDEN ART Open Studio, November, 2003, London, Funder: The Ratiu Family Charitable Foundation, Partners: Crafts Foundation Romania, Mazorca Projects Ltd.; Crafts Culture Without Borders 2002 - 2003 - Funder: UNESCO, ongoing project: AdultCraftEducation - lead applicant, financed by the EU Commission under Socrates Grundtvig1 Action Programme - survey on adult education.