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Roma poverty from a human development perspective

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This paper departs from the standard approach to poverty focusing solely on poverty rates, by proposing a multidimensional poverty index as a measure that better reflects the challenges Roma are facing. While analysis shows that some progress was made in reducing monetary poverty, it also offers compelling evidence that Roma poverty is a not just about inadequate financial resources, unemployment, sub-standard housing or poor access to social services. It is a combination of all these factors, compounded by prejudice and discrimination and limited opportunities for political participation.
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  Roma Inclusion Working Papershttp://europeandcis.undp.org/ourwork/roma/ UNDP Regional Support Centre UNDP Regional Support Centre for Europe and CIS Istanbul for Europe and CIS, Istanbul http://europeandcis.undp.org http://europeandcis.undp.org  Roma Inclusion Working Papershttp://europeandcis.undp.org/ourwork/roma/  ROMA POVERTY FROM A HUMAN DEVELOPMENT PERSPECTIVE   Roma Inclusion Working PapersUNDP Regional Support Centre for Europe and CIS, Istanbul  UNDP, 2014ISBN (printed version): ISBN (electronic version): To be cited as: Ivanov, A., Kagin, J. (2014). Roma poverty from a human development perspective. Roma Inclusion Working Papers. Istanbul: UNDP.All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted, in any form or by any means, mechanical, photocopying, record-ing or otherwise without prior written permission of the publishers.The views expressed in this publication should in no way be taken as re󿬂ecting the views of the UNDP, SDC or the European Union.Cover design and layout: Yassen PanovPrint: Editors of the Roma Inclusion Working Papers:  Ben Slay and Jasmina Papa. About the authors Dr. Andrey Ivanov has a Masters Degree in Economics from the Central School   of Com-merce, Warsaw, and a Ph.D. in Modern History from the Institute of International Eco-nomics and Political Studies , Moscow. At the time of writing this paper he was a Senior Policy Advisor in the UNDP Regional Centre in Bratislava where he coordinated analyti-cal work and quantitative data collection on human development, social exclusion and the Roma. Dr. Ivanov also served as the lead author of a number of regional reports published by UNDP on these topics. He is now heading the ‘Roma and Migrants In-tegration’ sector of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights; the analysis and views contained in this paper do not necessarily re󿬂ect the offi cial position of the Agency.Dr. Justin Kagin has a Ph.D. in agricultural and resource economics from the University of California, Davis. He has worked on various projects with UNDP for the past 6 years, speci󿬁cally on issues concerning the Roma, social exclusion and human development. He is currently the owner and founder of Kagin’s Consulting, a poverty alleviation de-velopment company.This publication was prepared with the support from the SDC, Swiss Development Cooperation. It is the latest in a series, the previous contributions of which were 󿬁nanced by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy
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