Roma Inclusion Seminar Tirana 2016

Roma Inclusion Seminar Tirana 2016

Welcome to the Roma Inclusion Seminar webpage.

The written report of this Seminar is now available
Videos, photos and other social reporting from the Seminar can be found on Pageflow.

The Roma Inclusion Seminar took place at the Rogner Hotel in Tirana, Albania, from 30th May to 2nd June 2016. It was attended by over 40 participants from a range of related backgrounds and organisations: the comprehensive Program of activities included field visits, case studies, presentations, discussions and debate.

Building on last year's seminar in Bucharest, this event focussed on the themes of effectiveness, sustainability and transformation in relation to Roma inclusion. After the formal opening, Laurent Reudin introduced these themes and explored their meanings with participants who produced three flipcharts: effectiveness, sustainability and transformation.

A summary of the findings from an external evaluation on educational aspects of Roma inclusion was also presented.

Field experiences of Roma inclusion work

In this session Dominique Be framed the topic from the perspective of RomAct, and there were presentations of experiences and case studies in Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia and Albania.

This was followed by input from Agota Kovacs on data collection and disaggregation in Romania, along with feedback from Roma guests and Valerie Leichti.

Strengthening learning and collaboration mechanisms across the network

At the previous Roma Inclusion Seminar in Bucharest last year, two Learning Trajectories were set up - Women's empowerment, and Discrimination, Power Relations and working with non-Roma. In this session, feedback from these learning trajectories was shared and discussed by participants:

Promoting collaboration, experience and knowledge sharing

This session focussed on examples of good practice which were presented from Slovakia, Kosovo, Serbia and Bulgaria.

Participants were introduced to different forms of collaboration, including EU experience in peer to peer collaboration. As a way of exploring expertise and good practice, participants formed groups according to country and created posters along with a Collaboration Matrix.

Reviewing the state of the SCO: reflection on social inclusion

After field visits to Elbasan and Tirana, participants undertook reciprocal reflections on their experiences. This was followed by a presentation from SDC on the Strategic outlook for social inclusion in Albania. There was also a sharing of reflections from Kosovo, Serbia and Macedonia, as well as examples from the Ambassadors of policy dialogue platforms on Roma Inclusion (Romania).

Wrapping up the Seminar and future plans

Towards the end of the three days Roma colleagues reflected on the seminar process and their participation in it. An evaluation was also undertaken by participants.

The two learning trajectories will continue to explore women's empowerment and discrimination in the context of Roma citizens. A third learning trajectory was formed which will focus on community development and activism. Details of all of these will be available on Shareweb soon.

For more information please contact Laurent Reudin.