Why Roma NGOs should participate in policy making?
"The participating governments in the Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005-2015 have underlined the importance of Roma participation in the policy making affecting them “Roma participation can make or brake the Decade”. The principle is stated in numerous international documents as regards national minorities rights. In spite of these provisions and agreement, in practice the principle is disregarded or is applied partially in its letter and spirit. The EU institutions and policy makers ignored the lessons learned from previous attempts to improve Roma situation. The limited success of the national strategies/programs for Roma and of the Decade of Roma Inclusion could be partly explained through the degree of Roma participation." - Iulius Rostas, PhD candidate at the Babes Bolyai University of Cluj, Romania, and a freelance consultant.
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Why Roma NGOs should participate in policy making?Yes because... No because...
NGOs are the institutions developed by Roma
Irrespective of the objections brought to these representation, NGOs are the institutions developed by Roma that might claim they represent the voice of the Roma, that they “represent” the Roma. This is the main reason why policy makers should take into account these voices and should invite them to the negotiation when designing and deciding policies towards Roma. There is a need for a long term program to transform these organizations in representative and knowledgeable partners for the governments and international organizations.