INVITATION – REGIONAL CONFERENCE: “HOLISTIC APPROACH TO HOUSING FOR ROMA IN THE ENLARGEMENT REGION” 31 May-01 June 2018, Hotel “Princess”, Bar, Montenegro
human rights, housing
The Regional Cooperation Council Roma Integration 2020 project, funded by the European Union and the Open Society Foundations, works with the economies of the Western Balkans and Turkey to improve their performance in formulating, implementing, budgeting and monitoring their Roma integration policies within the EU integration process. Significant focus of the project is placed on the thematic areas of education, employment, health, housing and civil registration. Notwithstanding the importance of all of these priorities, practice has shown that housing remains the most challenging issue in the Roma integration process. Sustainable and decent housing is the sine qua non for achievements in the other priority areas, and requires the most substantial financial resources.
Hitherto, numerous housing initiatives relevant for Roma were implemented in the enlargement region, with different levels of success. In its work so far, and in contacts with public officials, civil society, international and other relevant stakeholders, the Roma Integration 2020 Action Team became aware of the magnitude of remaining work to be done, and the need for a holistic approach both during planning and implementation of housing measures. Experience and testimonies reveal the pressing need to take into account the whole ‘reality’ of Roma families and individuals benefiting from housing measures and design measures which can achieve sustainable living communities.
Such a holistic approach needs to be aligned with the European Social Charter (art. 30 and 31), should closely follow the commitments under the Vienna Declaration, and consider the conclusions and recommendations from the OSCE documents Roma Housing Settlements in South-Eastern Europe: Summary and Recommendations and Best Practices for Roma Integration. The holistic approach should be:
integral: combine activities in area of housing with activities in other areas such as employment, education etc., ensuring sustainability and decency of living;
participative: including Roma into the whole process – from planning to implementation;
individually tailored: taking into account the specific situation of each family.
The specific objectives of the conference are several:
- To increase knowledge of public officials about the advantages of holistic approach and create a platform for participating economies to discuss ways of applying a holistic approach when implementing future housing initiatives;
- To increase the knowledge of public officials about the advantages of simplified legalization and reconstruction compared to other solutions, and to advocate for simplification and facilitation of legalization procedures.
- To encourage the participating economies to comprehensively regulate the field of social housing and allocate sufficient resources for its successful implementation.
- To encourage participating economies to integrate a holistic housing approach and proposed solutions into the upcoming cycles of public budgeting and IPA programming.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications containing name, competences and contact details must be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Only one participant from Bosnia and Herzegovina will be selected in line with Kali Sara – RIC Information and Selection procedure based on strict criteria (knowledge and experience on specific meeting topic) to participate at the Conference and represent Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Wednesday, May 9th, 2018 12:00