ERGO NETWORK PUBLIC EVENT: “COUNTERING SHRINKING SPACE FOR ROMA CIVIL SOCIETY” : Register now

14 November 2016

November 29th 2016 09.30 – 12.30

Brussels, Rue Edimbourg 26 (Mundo B, Conference Room)

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Who can keep governments’ accountable -especially at the national and local level- on their performance to include Roma in society? Is there a role to play for (pro) Roma civil society?  There is a strong squeeze on available funding for work that is not strictly oriented to the provision of social services: advocacy, watchdog work, civil monitoring, community empowerment and activism.  Shrinking space of civil society is a universal trend, but hits hard on Roma organisations, as they are scarcely equipped and often struggling for survival.

ERGO Network believes (pro) Roma civil society has a huge role to play to hold (local) governments accountable and involve themselves in policy processes as respected actor. This requires dedicated and flexible measures to equip them to take such role. Policy makers need to value the contribution of civil society as respected partners in the policy dialogue and assessment. Besides, at grassroots level Roma need to be supported to participate in and benefit from social inclusion interventions. Guiding principle in policy delivery should be that Roma themselves should take an active role to accomplish equal citizenship on all levels, from local up to European. EU funding will only be absorbed in a right and just manner, if people targeted are empowered and equipped to access and direct those funding.  

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