MINELRES: Announcement of Publication: Report by the European Roma Rights Centre

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Original sender: European Roma Rights Centre <errc@errc.org>

Social Inclusion Through Social Services: The Case of Roma and

Budapest, 3 April 2007:  The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC)
announces the publication of the report "Social Inclusion Through Social
Services: The Case of Roma and Travellers".  

This report contains the results of an impact assessment conducted by
the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) and the Portuguese research
centre Numena Centro de Investigacao em Ciencias Sociais e Humanas in
2006 on government policy in the area of social services and the social
inclusion of Romani and Traveller people in the Czech Republic, France,
and Portugal. The research was aimed at exploring, highlighting and
evaluating the impact of National Action Plans for Social Inclusion
(NAPs) in the aforementioned countries as well as providing a gauge of
the effectiveness of the NAPs. The report provides a compelling case for
action by all actors in the field of social services in the target
countries as well as useful quantitative and qualitative data for the
reader’s digestion.

The main findings of the report provide insights into the severe deficit
between the NAPs avowed goals and their actual implementation and
achievements, showing that more efforts need to be made in order to
achieve the desired goals of the NAPs. The report stresses that whilst
the NAPs continue to provide the guiding principle for state policy in
the area of social inclusion, they will remain hollow promises without
the requisite governmental investment in terms of funds and manpower.
This report is a provocative testimony of well-intentioned acts being
rendered redundant by the lack of commensurate governmental commitments
and is a study that is indispensable in the ongoing analysis of the
plight of Europe’s various Romani and Traveller communities.  

Research  toward, and publication of, "Social Inclusion Through Social
Services: The Case of Roma and Travellers" was supported by the European
Commission, with co-financing from ERRC core donors Open Society
Institute and the Sigrid Rausing Trust. The full text (pdf) of this
report is available here: 

In English 

In Czech 

In French 

In Portuguese 

For more information or for copies of the report, please contact:
Tara Bedard, ERRC Projects Manager: tara.bedard@errc.org
Larry Olomoofe, ERRC Human Rights Trainer: larry.olomoofe@errc.org
Bruno Dias, Numena Associate Researcher: bruno.dias@numena.org.pt
Tiago Ralha Farinha, Numena Associate Researcher: tralha@numena.org.pt 


The European Roma Rights Centre is an international public interest law
organisation which monitors the rights of Roma and provides legal
defence in cases of human rights abuse. For more information about the
European Roma Rights Centre, visit the ERRC on the web at

European Roma Rights Centre
1386 Budapest 62
P.O. Box 906/93
Tel: +36.1.413.2200

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