My Municipality: A super tool for local development


Filed under: Development Governance Roma Social inclusion Social innovation

Over 6,500 citizens in fYR Macedonia are now using My Municipality. The app provides a new and engaging way for citizens to communicate their top priorities for local development to decision-makers. Through the installation of  user-friendly touch-screens and an interactive website, the project has enabled citizens in four pilot municipalities to —with just a few… Read more »

Evolving thoughts: The future of Roma information centres


Filed under: Development 2.0 Poverty Roma Social inclusion

[Ed. note: This was the second of the three winning projects of UNDP’s regional Scaling Up Fund. Each proposal was designed to deliberately move away from more conventional ways of scaling (‘going big’) to a more adaptive approach (running multiple experiments and enhancing existing dynamics in the communities, as opposed to creating something new)] According to a 2002 census, 53,879… Read more »

Roma women: Exposing inequality


Filed under: Gender equality Health Poverty Roma Social inclusion

Since its early days, the Decade of Roma Inclusion has focused primarily on four priority areas: employment, education, health and housing. Even though gender equality is a cross-cutting issue, attention to this area has been significantly smaller throughout the years. Usually, gender equality is treated as an isolated category, rather than a social factor that… Read more »

Slovakia signs up to a new UN protocol that could protect your human rights


Filed under: HIV Human rights and rule of law Roma Social inclusion

I recently heard an NGO worker speaking on the violation of rights of individuals undergoing gender reassignment surgery in Slovakia, as sterilization is a customary part of the process in the state. Disturbingly, neither the state nor the violation are unique in this: The same practice is followed in multiple states, and this is only… Read more »

Will midterm evaluations become the dinosaurs of development?


Filed under: Development Development 2.0 Roma Social inclusion Social innovation

I argued a few months back that information we get from story-telling is fundamentally different to what we get from polls and surveys. If we can’t predict what’s coming next, then we have to continuously work to understand what has and is happening today. (See: Patterns of voices from the Balkans – working with UNDP)… Read more »

Join us LIVE 15 March to talk about Roma inclusion and evidence based lessons


Filed under: Human rights and rule of law Migration and remittances Peace and security Poverty Roma Social inclusion

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… Read more »

Don’t quit – go underground!


Filed under: Development Roma Social inclusion

This month, Roma activist Valeriu Nicolae posted an explosive blog stating his reasons for quitting Roma inclusion work. The reaction below comes from my own similar experience. Valeriu, your frustration about Roma inclusion work, the missing results and the role of “beggars” imposed on people doing real work is perfectly understandable. However, it does not… Read more »