Background

With an estimated population of 10-12 million in Europe, approximately six million of whom live within the EU, Roma people are considered the biggest ethnic minority in the EU. Roma people are facing extreme levels of social exclusion by living in poor conditions on the margins of society. In addition to that, they are often a subject of various forms of discrimination and violence, and are experiencing significant disparities compared to non-Roma populations. Evidences shows substantial gaps especially in the fields of education, employment, healthcare and housing conditions.

In a context where marginalisation and discrimination of Roma population continue to be a widespread phenomenon in European societies, the EFC Forum for Roma Inclusion has been set up to make a lasting contribution to Roma inclusion. Within this framework, the Forum engages with foundations working in Roma communities to share information and lessons learned and to demonstrate that advancing Roma rights and inclusion in Europe is possible. The Forum also believes that inter-sectoral collaboration is key to close the education gap, to advance employment, to better invest in education, and to provide basic health care conditions, benefiting not only Roma communities but to all marginalised groups in the society.

Focus areas

  • Anti-discrimination and anti-gyspyism
  • Education​​
  • Employment
  • Healthcare
  • Housing​

Activities

In addition to partnership building, convening and knowledge sharing, the network specifically engages in the following activities:

  • Sharing and building knowledge, experience and expertise among foundations working on issues of inclusion and anti-discrimination.
  • Promoting diversity within the foundation sector by providing data and information as well as strategic input within an agreed framework.
  • Raising awareness about the importance of including a Roma lens within foundations programmes.

Steering Group members:

Other participating organisations:

​Network background

Established in Berlin on 18 September 2009, the idea for setting up this forum originated during the EFC’s annual conference held in Rome in May 2009.  During the conference, a group of foundations decided to come together to take the Roma agenda forward in a concrete and proactive way.
 

The Forum for Roma Inclusion is part of the EFC’s ongoing commitment to enhancing collaboration and connecting its members. For more information on the EFC’s seven key priorities, please download the EFC Strategic Framework 2016-2022