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Roma kids sitting along a wall outside their school, smiling, exuberant

Sitting outside a Roma youth centre, Cserehat, Hungary

You’re invited! We’re having a conference on 15 March: “From pilots to outcomes,” which will focus on evidence-based lessons on the socio-economic inclusion of Roma communities.

The conference will take place simultaneously in Moldava nad Bodvou, (Slovakia) and Brussels, (Belgium) – and will be livestreamed. We’ll also be tweeting live from the event, so join the discussion by following @UNDP_Europe_CIS and use #RomaAction in your tweets. Feel free to send in your questions too.

We decided to hold one of the sessions in Moldava nad Bodvou, since it has a large Roma community, home to many social inclusion related activities.

The conference will present the results of a three-year pilot project started by the European Parliament and the and Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy to promote Roma socio-economic inclusion in five European Union Member States and fYR Macedonia. (See the EC project page)

Join the debate online, as representatives of the European Union, international organizations, researchers and experts, and representatives of the Roma community discuss:

  • Education
  • Employment
  • Housing
  • Health
  • Civil society
  • Migration
  • Gender equality

If you want to dive into some material before you join the debate, be sure to check out our series of analytical reports and policy briefs on these topics. (See also: Roma inclusion: Moving beyond the research ivory tower)

A final session will be dedicated to the role of structural funds in the implementation of national Roma integration strategies, based on experience from structural funds programming period of 2007 to 2013. (See: Have Roma benefitted from the European Social Fund?)

The conference is being organized by UNDP in collaboration with the European Commission and the World Bank.

We look forward to hearing from you!