The IPED also conducts initiatives that are beyond the scope described above. These include research on policies implemented in support of vulnerable communities, studies on various practices for local governance and others.
The subject of this study are the public policies in Bulgaria, implemented on municipal level in support of the Roma communities in disadvantaged position. The document analyzes how funds for Roma inclusive policies, provided mainly by the EU funding programs, are being allocated, distributed and spent. In the process of clarifying these questions, our team highlights some of the main issues that hinder the effective implementation of the National Strategy for Roma Integration but also remain out of the attention of the public institutions, the Media and the Bulgarian society.
At the end of the study our team has published a section with conclusions and recommendations, that could improve the process of policy implementation towards the Roma social inclusion. The goal of IPED is also to propose an up-to-date and objective starting point for a responsible and data-driven debate over one of the most polarizing subjects in the Bulgarian society – the Roma communities social inclusion towards the rest of the population.
The study (published in Bulgarian) is prepared by a team of the Institute for Public Environment Development and implemented in partnership with the Roma-Lom Foundation. It is part of the project: “Strengthening the Civil Control over the EU Support for the Roma Communities”, supported by the Open Society Foundations.
This study was conducted by the Institute for Public Environment Development as a part of the project “The League of Roma Observers – Supporting Fair Electoral Process”
The goal of the study is to outline certain aspects of the current state-of-play of Roma integration policies in Bulgaria in view of a radically changed international and domestic political context. In particular, our goal is to present a set of findings, conclusions and recommendations for the improvement of measures undertaken in this area.
Garmen, Orlandovci and Kyustendil are essentially local case-studies that are nevertheless symptomatic in their nature. They share a number of features and lead to a set of general conclusions and recommendations that can apply to both the affected Roma communities and the general policy on Roma integration in Bulgaria.