Seeking out New Solutions for Greater Roma inclusion
The main objective of the project is to empower people from Roma communities throughout the region to gain better access to effective social services and business development opportunities.
The latest surveys on Roma in the region show that this community remains a highly vulnerable group in society. For example, according to the latest country data:
- Roma—and especially Roma women—are employed less, paid less for similar jobs, and are more likely to be working in low skilled and informal employment than their non-Roma counterparts.
- Rates of unemployment and joblessness are at least twice as high amongst the Roma population as among the non-Roma population. In education, young non-Roma adults aged 20–24 are more than ten times as likely to be in education as their Roma counterparts.
- Almost 20% of all Roma households cannot afford essential medical services.
It is expected that this project will help develop new and effective solutions and models to support measures aimed at improving the quality of life of those on the margins of society.
The Regional Support Facility will further achieve improved coordination of all measures for promoting Roma inclusion at local, central and regional level, ensuring greater coherence in these efforts and increasing their overall impact.
Thus, over the next two years, some of the key causes of Roma social exclusion will be addressed, including unemployment and financial insecurity, while building up the capacities of all stakeholders involved in promoting the greater inclusion of Roma.
The indicators of the Action Plan for the National Roma Strategy will be redefined to ensure they are achievable. This will enable more effective monitoring of all measures and actions undertaken throughout the region to improve Roma wellbeing and raise their socio-economic conditions.
All stakeholders involved in Roma inclusion—including local Roma NGOs, local activists and volunteers, as well as the Roma Information Centres will be trained in technical skills such as monitoring and evaluation, data interpretation and the use of statistics, and community mobilization and advocacy.
The project will test new ways of increasing opportunities for Roma at local level to become active on the labour market and achieve economic independence, by helping unemployed Roma men and women to improve their educational achievements, vocational or entrepreneurial skills, and by creating opportunities for business start-up, subsidized employment and community service.
To address the specific needs of Roma women, the project will increase the capacities of women’s action groups and NGOs for management of community development projects, to ensure they can be more involved in improving their own community.
|The Swiss Development Cooperation and UNDP