Roma women: Exposing inequality

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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

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Filed under: HIV Human rights 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?

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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

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Filed under: Human rights 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!

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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 »

Albanian citizens on inequalities in health, education and social services

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Filed under: Development Gender equality Guest posts Health Poverty Roma Social inclusion

The United for Child Care and Protection Coalition partnered with the United Nations in Albania to consult with the public on the post 2015 development agenda (find out more about the public consultations). We looked specifically at inequality in the following areas: Women’s empowerment Domestic violence Access to social and health services Quality education Discrimination… Read more »