Promoting social inclusion in the Romanian rural space

  • Cristina Bianca Pocol University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Cluj Napoca
  • Radu Emil Sestraș
  • Adriana Florina Sestras
  • Marioara Ilea
  • Ionel Mugurel Jitea
  • Valentin Mihai
  • Calin Moldovan-Teselios
Keywords: social inclusion, rural space, Romania, vulnerable groups, professional training


Professional training courses can contribute to the integration of social vulnerable groups, reducing poverty, especially in rural areas. The assessment of the interest for attending such courses was done by analyzing the official reports of the AM POS DRU and by investigating a sample of women from the North West and the North East Development Regions. The results of the survey show an increase of the social inclusion in rural areas at national level, but insufficient in relation to the proposed objectives. In the two regions, women’s interest to attend such courses is high, being particularly associated with the young and middle-aged and average income. The priority domains identified by the women included in the sample are agriculture in the North East Region and promotion of traditional products in the North West Region. Sustainable development of rural areas requires both professional training of the inhabitants of these areas, as well as capitalizing on local resources and entrepreneurship development.