Report on Local Co-ordinators for Roma Issues

by Aleksandar Dimishkovski

The “Best Practices for Roma Integration” (BPRI) project supported innovative programmes and facilitated co-operation between local and national governments, independent institutions and civil society. Expanding upon the experience from Serbia, BPRI piloted Roma Co-ordinators in municipal administrations in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro.

While most Roma Co-ordinators (often called referents in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Local Roma Experts in Albania) were placed in local self-governments, BPRI also introduced a Roma Social Protection Mediator in the Centre for Social Welfare in Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina, which had never been attempted before in the Western Balkans. This pilot experience took place in 2012-2014, and the report at hand aims to summarize its results and lessons learned.

BPRI is a regional project funded by the European Union, supported by OSCE participating States and implemented by the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR). The project supports innovative programmes to promote greater Roma participation in political and public life and decision-making, help to combat discrimination and contribute to better living conditions.

The report is available here.