The Pakiv European Roma Fund is a forum of the debate and intellectual reflection of the Roma Movement for social justice and civic participation in Europe. With debates, seminars, trainings and book projects PERF wants to foster the translation of ideas into praxis.
In 1998, The Council of Europe and the Freudenberg Foundation funded and published a study on the poverty and unemployment of Roma in Eastern Europe. The study analyzed programs that had been initiated up to that time and gave recommendations. The title of the study was “Toward a Pakiv European Roma Fund – Income-Generating Programs for Roma in Central and Eastern Europe”. The main recommendation was that an organization be founded, in which Roma organizations and European foundations work together and collect funds for self-help projects as well as the further training needed to implement and supervise the projects. “Pakiv” is a Romani word and means loyalty, honesty, contractual fidelity, values; in other words, attributes that the Roma stress in relations amongst themselves, but rarely grant to non-Roma. Contractual fidelity, fair conduct between Roma and non-Roma when planning programs designed to overcome need – this is what the name stands for.