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SARR BiH: Strategies for Achieving Rights for the Roma Minority in Bosnia and Herzegovina (2007 - 2009)

A project funded by the European Union.

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Project summary

The Roma are widely acknowledged to be the most vulnerable minority group in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), living largely in conditions of extreme poverty and marginalisation. Through SARR BiH, European Dialogue (ED) will apply a strategy focusing on Roma community empowerment to strengthen Roma political participation and social inclusion. It will also work with local and national authorities to improve their capacity in social policy development and implementation.

European Dialogue in partnership with local NGOs and with the assistance of local co-ordinators, will primarily work within three pilot communities in BiH to carry out activities over a period of 24 months. Roma civil society and community leaders in pilot areas will be primarily targeted, alongside local and central government officials and members of the Roma Council in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in order to improve Roma access to rights and services at all levels. The project will focus on improving the active participation of local level Roma actors in rights-based politics in BiH, thus strengthening Roma inclusion in policy development and improving access to social services.

Activities will include:

Ensuring the involvement of pilot communities in the development and monitoring of the thematic BiH National Action Plans for Roma, providing a sustainable basis for future rights-based Roma action. This process will demonstrate how local participatory input can, and should, contribute to national policy on Roma issues, paving the way for further sustainable Roma inclusion strategies.

Building the ability of target communities to pursue Roma inclusion at the local level  through skills trainings, roundtables with local authorities and microgrants for local rights-based projects.

SARR BiH will provide a model for how further social inclusion policy could be developed through a participatory, communicative process, involving local level input. SARR BiH activities will begin in January 2007; majority funding for SARR BiH will be provided by the European Commission - EIDHR.

For further information please contact Ruth Grove-White: ruth@europeandialogue.org

Last updated 7.3.07