Increasing social inclusion means empowering people to participate more equally in society—in education and employment, in the decision-making processes that affect their lives, in access to social services and social protection and all other resources of their local communities. UNDP supports national efforts to improve the social and economic conditions of individuals and groups at risk of exclusion, as well as providing knowledge and expertise to help policy-makers develop more inclusive policies and reforms.
UNDP has concentrated its greatest efforts in recent years on supporting the Government’s commitment to reducing unemployment as an essential step in increasing social inclusion.
Much of UNDP’s support for social inclusion in recent years has been focused on developing measures to promote self-employment, helping train the long-term unemployed and other vulnerable groups—such as members of the Roma community, women living in rural areas, and victims of domestic violence—to start up their own sustainable businesses.
This brochure presents the individual stories of just some of the thousands of unemployed people who have succesfully participated in the Self-Employment programme, implemented by the Government and UNDP.
Tackling the social and economic exclusion of Roma communities is a top priority for the UN throughout the region. To help identify the needs of Roma communities, UNDP recently partnered with the World Bank, the Fundamental Rights Agency and the Open Society Institute to conduct a survey on the development status of Roma communities in the region.