Decade Progress Reports
Since 2010, participating Governments in the Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005-2015 submit annual Decade Progress Reports on the implementation of their Decade National Action Plans. Decade Participating Governments endorsed the proposal of submitting annual Progress Reports during the 20th International Steering Committee Meeting in Prague. Governments strived to set achievable national goals in the priority areas of education, employment, healthcare and housing and put in place monitoring mechanisms to measure and report annually on progress made so that they effectively “address new needs, simplify delivery and speed up the implementation of priorities”. The Decade of Roma Inclusion Secretariat Foundation developed a reporting template to analyze questions related to the priority areas of the Decade. Reports are submitted by Participating Governments to the Decade Secretariat, which disseminates them to Decade partners and eventually to the public.
Governments are given the opportunity to present their reports annually at a meeting of the International Steering Committee of the Decade (the “ISC”), and civil society representatives from those countries are afforded an opportunity to respond or to present their own reports. In 2012, the Decade Secretariat piloted an initiative whereby coalitions of civil society organizations from eight Decade Participating Countries prepared civil society monitoring reports on Roma inclusion and integration and presented these alongside government representatives at the ISC meeting in Zagreb. Together, the progress reports and civil society monitoring reports serve as measurement mechanisms for achieved progress as well as shortcomings within the implementation procedure of the Decade National Action Plans and National Roma Integration Strategies. Presentations at the ISC provide opportunity for consultation with other Decade Participating Countries, civil society and international partner organizations.