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Roma: Toward Inclusive Growth in Europe


Reducing Vulnerability and Promoting the Self-Employment of Roma in Eastern Europe Through Financial Inclusion

A new World Bank report finds that financial inclusion can help improve the lives of marginalized Roma communities in Eastern Europe through a comprehensive, incremental approach. More »

Reducing Vulnerability and Promoting Self-Employment of Roma in Eastern Europe through Financial Inclusion (PPT)

New World Bank Report Calls for Financial Inclusion of Roma in Eastern Europe through a Comprehensive, Incremental Approach
Toward an Equal Start: Closing the Early Learning Gap for Roma Children in Eastern Europe
Replicating Roma Success Stories in Bulgaria
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World Bank and the Roma  What's New

April 2010

The Role of the World Bank. The World Bank addresses Roma issues in the context of its work on poverty and economic development in the region. The Bank aims to be an objective information broker, bringing diverse interests and stakeholders together; It aims to support integrative and constructive analytical work which brings together economic and social issues that affect Roma and other vulnerable groups. It shares innovative approaches across countries and regions, scales up viable approaches, programs and projects, and mainstreams ethnicity into policy to make public services more inclusive; Finally, it leverages and informs the involvement of other donors.

Improving the Information Base. The Bank has increased the quality and availability of basic information on the welfare of Roma in CEE and the Balkans. Despite the severity of poverty and marginalization among Roma, information on their living conditions and the characteristics of their poverty has consistently been scarce and fragmented, due to methodological problems and the politicized nature of the issue. The World Bank’s analytical work has raised the profile of Roma issues in countries and partner institutions. Bank analysis related to Roma has a number of objectives, including identifying areas of concern, providing a basis for policy dialogue and project identification. Learn more >

Reducing Vulnerability and Promoting the Self-Employment of Roma in Eastern Europe through Financial Inclusion

FRA/UNDP Report: The Situation of Roma in the 11 EU Member States: Survey Results At-a-Glance

UNDP Development & Transition: Towards Better Monitoring and Evaluation (article by K. Mathernova, J. de Laat, S. Karacsony)

'Monitoring and Evaluation for Results on Inclusion Policies' Conference
Dec 15-16, 2011
Bratislava, the Slovak Republic

Stats: Roma at a Glance
Roma Data
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The World Bank's Work
Projects & Programs

Social Inclusion Project Romania
The Social Inclusion Project (SIP) will help the Government of Romania implement the Joint Inclusion Memorandum (JIM) through assistance given to the existing, or emerging programs that address the needs of the vulnerable/disadvantaged groups of Roma, persons with disabilities (PWDs), youth at risk, and victims of domestic violence. Hence, the SIP ...more >

Child Welfare Reform Project - Bulgaria
The Child Welfare Reform Project protects children's rights in Bulgaria. There are four project components. The first provides for technical assistance and training for capacity building, management, standard setting for the state agency for child protection, and for the provision of social services at the local Child Protection Department... more >

Social Development Fund II Romania
The Second Social Development Fund Project seeks to contribute to poverty alleviation through community driven development and enhancing social capital. The project has three main components... more >

Development Project LIL Macedonia
The Children and Youth Development Project in Macedonia, will significantly increase social cohesion, through the social integration of youth at risk from different socio-cultural backgrounds. To this end, community-based approaches will be tested to support adolescents...more >

Social Inclusion Project Romania
Social Inclusion Project Romania
Child Welfare Reform Project - Bulgaria
Child Welfare Reform Project - Bulgaria
Social Development Fund II Romania
Social Development Fund II Romania
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Reports & Analysis
Economic Costs of Roma Exclusion 

Economic Costs of Roma Exclusion
While the largest trans-national minority, the Roma remain one of the poorest communities in Europe. Their frequent exclusion from the labor market results in considerable economic and fiscal costs to the countries with sizeable Roma populations. more>

Czech Republic: Improving Employment Chances of the Roma
The majority of working age Roma residing in marginalized localities are not unemployed but are out of the labor force. The level of education attainment and skills acquired is a key predictor of labor market success of Roma. Roma in marginalized localities suffer from severely low educational attainment and a widespread lack of functional literacy. more>
Poverty, Social Exclusion and Ethnicity in Serbia & Montenegro
Deep poverty and multiple deprivations in Serbia and Montenegro are found to have a strong ethnic dimension and are highly concentrated among the Roma population, particularly those residing in settlements. Roma poverty is multifaceted and is evident in multiple non-income dimensions of deprivation. Deep Roma poverty and social exclusion have an intergenerational dimension, and, if not tackled, risk creating a continuous poverty trap. more >
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Conferences, Seminars & Workshops

PRESS RELEASE - Roma education to get crucial boost in funding, November 2009
At an international donor conference hosted by the Open Society Institute, the World Bank and the European Economic and Social Coimmittee, donors swung their financial support behind education for the Roma, Europe ’s largest minority population. The €25.5 million in funding commitments announced by donors today is targeted for the Roma Education Fund (REF) and will provide the essential ingredients needed for children to succeed in school: scholarships, school meals, teacher training and academic support. The added financial support will also help governments develop stronger national policies for Roma inclusion. ... more >

European Roma Summit, Brussels, September 2008
The European Roma Summit in Brussels, a high-level conference on the inclusion of Roma, took place on September 16, 2008 under the joint patronage of Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and the French Presidency of the Council. The Conference brought together some 350 representatives of EU institutions, Member State Governments and Parliaments, and civil society. The World Bank was represented by Mr. Shigeo Katsu, then Vice President, Europe and Central Asia Region, who was a keynote speaker at the Summit. more >

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Joost de Laat (Employment, Monitoring and Evaluation)

What's New

Aug 08, 2006Young Roma Gain New Perspective Far From Home
Apr 13, 2006Poverty, Social Exclusion and Ethnicity: The Case of the Roma

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