Regional Roma Survey for fact-based decision making

Mar 14, 2017

The keynote speakers: Dragana Jovanovic, Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Team, Mirjana Maksimovic, EU Delegation, Steliana Nedera, Deputy Resident Representative at UNDP Serbia and Nenad Ivanisevic, Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs

Belgrade, March 14, 2017 - The workshop organized in UNDP Belgrade marked the beginning of the third round of the Regional Roma Survey that is expected to contribute to narrowing the gap in multi-dimensional poverty between marginalised Roma and non-Roma populations and to improve their access to socio-economic rights. The Survey will be implemented in the Western Balkans and Turkey in 2017.

The keynote speakers at the conference Steliana Nedera, Deputy Resident Representative at UNDP Serbia, Mirjana Maksimovic, EU Delegation, Nenad Ivanisevic, Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs and Dragana Jovanovic, Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Team presented the objectives of the Survey, while a more detailed introduction of methodology followed, as well as overview of the questionnaire, indicators and comparability with 2011 survey.

As Steliana Nedera underlined on the occasion, the ultimate goal of UNDP “is to design and implement programmes that tackle the underlying causes of Roma exclusion and to narrow the gap in multi-dimensional poverty and access to socio-economic rights between Roma and non-Roma population.

She added that it was essential to develop effective systems of data gathering and monitoring the implementation of Roma inclusion policies which would enable evaluation of progress and results and increase the chances of ensuring sustainable results. 

Mr. Ivanisevic stressed that the Government of Serbia is looking forward to the Survey and its findings, particularly with a veiw of the new National Action Plan for Roma Inclusion that is about to be adopted. „The survey, he said, will enable us to compare the situation with the one in 2011 and to see whether any progress has been made in Roma inclusion“.

The Survey will be conducted in cooperation with the World Bank, with the support of the EC Directorate General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) and in consultation with the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency.

For further information, please contact Stevan Vujasinovic by phone on 011 4155 310 or e-mail at invalid link: communications.rs@undp.orgcommunications.rs@undp.org