A joint survey carried out by the Association of Towns and Villages of Slovakia (ZMOS) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) aims to determine how members of the Roma minority live in approximately one-third of Slovak towns and villages. The survey contacted more than 1,060 towns and villages with a higher concentration of marginalised Roma citizens. This is more than one-third of the total of 2,928 municipalities that are ZMOS members, its spokesperson Marta Bujňáková told the SITA newswire.
Since September 2012, the UNDP has been updating its ATLAS of Roma communities in Slovakia. Since January 2013, ZMOS joined the targeted collection of data from towns and villages. The survey focuses on mapping Roma settlements, communities and socially excluded communities and seeks to obtain data from local government. These statistics are an essential starting point for ZMOS and UNDP to comment and promote policies that can contribute to addressing specifically the situation of marginalised Roma communities. The results of the survey are also a precondition for meaningful drawing of EU financial assistance in the programming period 2014-2020 with the use of the potential of towns and villages that are immediately concerned by this issue.
A network of regional coordinators and UNDP interviewers has established contact and dialogue with representatives of selected municipalities and selected ZMOS representatives processed data for a massive questionnaire survey which contains more than 450 items of data. The data are processed for seven basic units of information: general information about the municipality and settlements, infrastructure facilities, education, access to services and facilities, civic and political participation, economic activities and project activities.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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21. Feb 2013 at 10:00