Decade Intelligence Report [2014]

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The present report is a result of the Decade Intelligence research project. It aims to serve as guidelines for Roma inclusion actors in designing, implementing and monitoring their efforts, by providing them recommendations about factors that can influence the results of their project in either a positive or negative way. The report is not an exhaustive list of such factors; it is a list of helpful tips, rather than a book of instructions. It is a learning tool developed through the years-long experience of attempts for Roma inclusion within the Decade. 


Aiming to understand better what works and what does not work for Roma inclusion, Decade Intelligence mapped 314 projects implemented under the Decade. These projects were assessed using indicators derived from the Decade declaration. Using these indicators, the average score of the projects is 16 out of 30, showing that the projects have been good enough to produce some results, but insufficient to achieve the goal of the Decade. The indicator “participation of Roma” has the highest average score, showing that the Decade has advanced promoting the participation of Roma as a principle. The average scores related to the governments’ engagement are the lowest, showing the need for increased government involvement in Roma inclusion efforts, both in terms of quality and quantity.


Further evaluation of 42 projects selected from those mapped provided some lessons on how to continue Roma inclusion more successfully. To name but a few: setting inclusive beneficiary selection criteria, involving Roma as mediators, addressing discrimination against Roma as one of the project’s priority areas, establishing broad coalitions for implementation, budgeting to provide for basic needs of beneficiaries in addition to the main inclusion activities, implementing long-term projects, holding open and thorough discussions on project design and focusing on early interventions.