A Lost Decade? Reflections on Roma Inclusion 2005-2015

Following the decision to mark the end of the Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005-2015 at the 28th International Steering Committee in Sarajevo, the Decade Secretariat undertook to provide an overall reflection on the initiative and its actual impact on the local, national and international level. For that purpose, we published an assessment to mark the closure of the Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005-2015. The aim of the publication is to describe and explain the developments and processes; as well as highlight the achievements and failures of the Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005-2015 initiative. It focuses on the international perspective, with notions on the differences between participating countries where relevant.


The publication provides an assessment of progress in the four priority areas including the cross-cutting issues; analyzes the Roma participation part of the Decade; as well as offers suggestions for continuing work on Roma inclusion policies, targeting EU officials, national and sub-national government officials, civil society representatives and media.


An extensive source of information was provided through interviews conducted with key stakeholders, including local level Roma activists, government officials, and representatives of international organizations, as well as with the co-founder of the Decade initiative Mr. George Soros.


The publication should be read together with the Roma Inclusion Index, which attempts to pilot a different kind of quantitative assessment of progress or the lack thereof over the course of the Decade.


A Lost Decade? Reflections on Roma Inclusion 2005-2015