About us

We are
Founded on local experience
Rooted in reality
Networked
Led by innovation and creativity
Powered by narratives
Passion
@ ERGO Network

Our basis

  • What we are
  • Vision
  • Mission
  • Core Values

European Roma Grassroots Organisations Network

ERGO Network is a young and dynamic organisation established in 2008 by a small group of NGOs who shared the observation that everyday realities of Roma communities were hardly taken into account in policy development and implementation. Today we have almost 30 member organisations all over Europe.  Founded on the philosophy of active citizenship, shared responsibility and grassroots empowerment, ERGO Network members aim to convince policy makers that positive change for Roma is possible when antigypsyism is recognized and tackled as the root cause for inequality and when Roma can take part in civic life as equal stakeholders.

To achieve this, we advocate for better policies and policy implementation on national and European level based on evidence-based research, organise public campaign, build the capacity of Roma activists and provide spaces for networking and mutual learning.

Through civic mobilization from local to European level, Roma achieve equal citizenship and participate in all spheres of life in all European societies without facing discrimination as individuals or as community and enjoy the same opportunities as other citizens.

ERGO Network mobilizes and connects organisations and individuals who share a set of core values to create the courage, capacity and approaches to:

  • combat inequality, stigmatization and discrimination;
  • strengthen Roma civil society participation in decision making at local, national and European level;
  • commit governments and European institutions to effective anti-discrimination and social inclusion policies for Roma.
  • ERGO Network champions adherence to democratic values of pluralism, tolerance, dialogue and equality.
  • We emphasise the realization of equality of rights as citizens, including the right to dignity and opportunity to define one’s own identity.
  • Our guiding principle is that Roma themselves have to take an active role to accomplish equal citizenship, recognising the fact that this is a shared responsibility of Roma communities and majority populations.
  • As a network we promote a culture of emancipation and active participation in the public domain – as individuals and collectively. We resist paternalism and tokenism and encourage critical reflection and an investigative attitude.

All member organisations subscribe to these values and adhere to high standards of transparency and accountability. Members are expected to maintain a culture of openness and service to the people, so that that network as a whole can maintain the credibility of its actions and positions.

Our approaches

Founded on local experience

ERGO Network was founded by organizations with direct links to local communities to make their voice heard. The connection with local realities remains our core strength.

Rooted in reality

We support Roma civil society to act from a stronger position and to challenge typical assumptions of policy makers by feeding the debate with evidence from the ground.

Networked

We bring people together across borders to share and learn, but also to stand stronger together in representing the issues that our constituents face.

Led by innovation and creativity

We explore unpaved paths to develop non-conventional approaches and new instruments and arguments to drive the Roma policy agenda forward.

Powered by narratives

ERGO Network creates narratives in which Roma people are equally respected. We aim to show the rich diversity among Roma, challenging stereotypical views.

Passion

We bring together and align people and organisations that share our passion to bring positive change to the position of Roma in societies

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