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Bridging the Gap: how to bring NGOs closer

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The work of British NGOs operating in Romania is always a source of inspiration. John McKellar, today’s guest blogger,  shares with us the ins & outs of supporting smaller NGOs to become more visible and reach out to volunteers and local donors. If nothing else, being back in Romania 12 years after I last lived here, I have had my eyes opened to the incredible differences that have occurred here … Read more »Bridging the Gap: how to bring NGOs closer

25 years of Children of Distress

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2014 is an anniversary year because it marks 25 years since the 1989 Revolution. It also marks a milestone in the history of  British NGOs operating in Romania. One such example is Children in Distress, whose pioneer work for HIV positive children in the 1990s paved the way for professional palliative care in Romania. We’ve invited Valentina Zaharia, the charity’s Executive Director to share with us her impressions. For the … Read more »25 years of Children of Distress

Peer-to-Peer Fundraising – Great Britain’s success adapted to Romanian reality

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A fundraiser must have some special DNA to be able to steer the (financial) beast in the eye. Have learnt some best practice from Andrei Chirtoc, a gentle man with loads of practice working for the charitable sector. His story has crossed paths with the UK more than once. Here it is! Peer-to-Peer fundraising is a model that in the last years, at an international level, had a spectacular growth. … Read more »Peer-to-Peer Fundraising – Great Britain’s success adapted to Romanian reality

Sir David King visits Romania

Sir David King, the Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change visited Romania on 11 September. Together with Ambassador Paul Brummell, he met with Romanian officials, experts, and NGOs working on energy and climate change issues. Sir David and British embassy staff joined an event in Herastrau Park to celebrate the UK  German Climate Diplomacy Day. At the end of his visit, we asked him to share his impressions  on … Read more »Sir David King visits Romania

Volunteers for the summer

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On 19th July, Mark Flewitt and Tim Tofts – Trustees of The Libra Foundation – visited the embassy on to talk about the charity’s plans for the future. The charity volunteers and trustees were excited about a 5 week programme that was about to start, full of activities aimed at improving the lives of disadvantaged and disabled Romanian children. We invited them to share their impressions on our blog.  This … Read more »Volunteers for the summer

Great Britons: The best of Health

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Our Charge d’Affaires a.i. Esther Blythe has been impressed with the city and county of Arad and the work done there by Dr Graham Giles. Read her account below. ‘Last week I met some amazing people in Arad County. We were celebrating the successful first stage of their project to bring equipment and expertise from the British National Health Service to Arad hospitals, supporting swift diagnosis and effective treatment for … Read more »Great Britons: The best of Health

Good Bye and Thank you Romania

Peter Thomas served as Head of the Political Section at the British Embassy in Bucharest from June 2009 – June 2014. On leaving Bucharest, he shared some of his thoughts regarding the five years he spent in Romania. At 17:10 on 30 June, our British Airways flight took off from Otopeni, bringing to a close five GREAT years in Romania.  The decision to prolong my stay for an extra year … Read more »Good Bye and Thank you Romania

Securitate & apărare: Londra apreciază perspectiva regională a Bucureștiului

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Un blog semnat de Însărcinatul cu Afaceri Esther Blythe Astăzi (luni 23 iunie) găzduim o vizită importantă, cea a reprezentanţilor Grupului de prietenie româno-britanică din Parlamentul de la Londra. Parte dintr-o suită de evenimente devenite deja tradiţionale pentru relaţia bilaterală, activitatea grupului de prietenie parlamentară a fost sărbătorită în mod special anul trecut prin prezenţa la Bucureşti a Preşedintelui Camerei Comunelor. Lordul Quentin Davies, coordonatorul vizitei curente, care va dura două … Read more »Securitate & apărare: Londra apreciază perspectiva regională a Bucureștiului

Great Britons in Romania: Victor Watkins, Wildlife Advisor, World Society for the Prevention of Animals

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Our new post in the ‘Great Britons in Romania’ is authored by Peter Thomas,  the head of the political section in the embassy. The post is dedicated to a Briton who has made an important contribution to conserving Romania’s wildlife heritage. In May,  I had the pleasure of representing the British Embassy at the official launching of the third enclosure of the Libearty sanctuary at Zarnesti. It was there that … Read more »Great Britons in Romania: Victor Watkins, Wildlife Advisor, World Society for the Prevention of Animals

Great Britons in Romania – BRIAN DOUGLAS

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Today’s guest blogger is Kent Bolton, Hon. Secretary/Treasurer, RCHF (UK) and Hon. Treasurer for the sister foundation in the Netherlands, Stichting RCHF, who tells the story of one of the British volunteers making a difference in Romania. Here is his account: Brian Douglas first traveled to Romania in early 1994, delivering much needed aid, including medical supplies. He was so distressed by the conditions in which so many lived that … Read more »Great Britons in Romania – BRIAN DOUGLAS