The technical assistance in the implementation of activities associated with social inclusion of the Roma population in Spain is a project that consists mainly of providing advice and strategic support to the General State Administration in the cycle of inclusion policies for the Roma population in Spain. It offers support specifically in the design, monitoring, evaluation and coordination and governance of activities included in this framework at national and European level.
Since 2012, the development of inclusion policies to improve the quality of life of the Roma population has evolved significantly in Spain. The approval of the National Strategy for the Social Inclusion of the Roma Population 2012-2020 was a considerable milestone. It promotes an inclusive approach in various areas, using the recommendations of the Communication on the European Union Framework for National Roma Inclusion Strategies until 2020.
Fresno has provided guidance to the General State Administration to improve planning, monitoring and evaluation actions, as well as to consolidate governance systems. We have also promoted the position of Spain as a benchmark country in this field at a European level. A commitment has been made to improve monitoring processes and tools, with greater transparency and participation of key actors. Furthermore, we have also supported the design and drafting of a new Strategy for Equality, Inclusion and Participation of the Roma People in Spain 2021-2030, based on the new European framework, evidence and lessons learned from Roma inclusion policies.
Therefore, the technical assistance was drafted with four main objectives:
- Transparencies and evidence: to develop a consolidated system of consistent reporting, monitoring and evaluation based on continuous improvement and co-production with key actors.
- Effective public policies: to design inclusive and more effective public policies that promote the Roma population’s social inclusion, designed, and planned on the basis of evidence and with the participation of key actors.
- Multi-actor participation: Greater commitment, knowledge, and involvement of key actors in public policies for social inclusion and access to rights and from an approach of empowerment and leadership of the Roma population.
- European position: Encourage the participation and influence of the Spanish Government in European social inclusion policies and European benchmark in best practices of social inclusion and access to rights for the Roma population.