Integrated Approaches for Roma Integration
Evidence from the ground
ERGO Network has been advocating for the application of such integrated approaches since 2009. We have particularly pointed to the importance of facilitating and ensuring active participation of Roma communities themselves in strategy planning and implementation. The latter has been identified – including by the European Commission – as a crucial success factor. Participation both leads to projects and strategies designs that better fit the needs of beneficiaries and creates co-ownership of objectives and processes. It unlocks the potential of beneficiaries and others stakeholders to contribute towards successful outcomes.
From this perspective we take a closer look at some experiences with integrated approaches for Roma. Still at the beginning of the new programming period, the aim of this paper is to develop a number of concrete recommendations for the successful development and application of integrated approaches.