Social Entrepreneurship for Roma Communities

Within Work Stream 1 “Mapping of social entrepreneurship in Roma communities”, group and individual interviews were conducted with NGOs, Roma leaders and government agencies. The aim of the interviews was to explore the field of social entrepreneurship in Greece as well as the challenges and opportunities that Roma people can have in this area.
Specifically, the following meetings were made:
a) with representatives of the European Solidarity Organization (Roma NGOs),
b) with representatives of the Ministry of Labour and Interior,
and
c) with members of PAN.O.S.E.R. (Panhellenic Federation of Greek Roma), and a social mediator certified by the Civil Service Commission of Attica Region.
In the interviews conducted, interesting conclusions were exported on the development of social entrepreneurship in Roma communities with a view to their social integration. Key problems were identified, both on the part of the Roma community and on the part of government and other organizations. Furthermore, best practices emerged in the field of social entrepreneurship and all the interviewees proposed viable and compatible solutions that can contribute to the empowerment of all citizens, and particularly of vulnerable groups, such as Roma.
All interviewees showed great interest in SERCo, as they considered it a challenge and a great opportunity to highlight the benefits that the promotion of social entrepreneurship can have in vulnerable populations.

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