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In order to make anything change,
just create the space.
That is not created by our actions but by our presence.
(Peter M. Senge)
THE PLACE FOR EVERYONE:
This website was created to support the initiatives, and build a virtual network, of practitioners, NGOs, grassroots organisations and local authorities working with disadvantaged Roma communities. It is aimed in particular, but not exclusively, at those working at local level in Europe and neighboring regions.
The goal is to share local experience and practical know-how, based on existing local initiatives. This is done by presenting examples of successful projects and guidelines that focus on developing or improving processes and replicable models of social inclusion and desegregation through community-led local development. These projects cover areas such as housing, inclusive education, and improved access to services and legitimate income opportunities. Through this work, these initiatives are creating the necessary conditions for local communities to make their home cities, towns or villages places where all inhabitants have equal rights and equal access to services and opportunities.
This website also responds to the need to support networking for inclusive development, which is still lacking at both EU and local level, especially in the new EU Member States.
Although the focus is on Roma-related issues, many of the approaches and methods presented are also relevant to other vulnerable communities.
The website, and the related virtual network, have been developed and are maintained by AEIDL, the European Association for Information on Local Development. AEIDL has a longstanding experience in, and commitment to, supporting local initiative and cultural diversity in Europe. AEIDL considers this diversity and local inventiveness as a strength and an essential ingredient in building an inclusive and forward-looking Europe.
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France continued to evict thousands of Roma in 2015, and cut its re-housing efforts, as demand for housing soared due to the refugee crisis. Hostility to the minority in France is among the highest in Europe. (Source: EurActiv France)
The Government of Serbia prepared the Draft Strategy for the Social Inclusion of Roma for the period 2015-2025. The document was produced out of the need to improve the issue of social inclusion of Roma persons both at the national, as well as the local level. (Source: Serbian Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit)
"I know what it means to be discriminated (against)... and when I hear anti-Semitic, anti-Islamic, and xenophobic speech, it’s like a bell ringing, telling people 'Please be worried'," Vytenis Andriukaitis told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.
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