Integrated approach of Roma problems of the municipality of Nieuwegein

Project information

Index: 1167R4
Priority:1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Sub Theme:Employment, human capital and education
Location NETHERLANDS WEST-NEDERLAND Nieuwegen Utrecht Start/End date of the practice
Start: 2009
End: 2011

Topic of the practice

Roma, Roma families, Roma children, social inclusion, poverty

Good Practice Information

Based on new methodology (Wisselged) focused on assisting Roma families with complex problems. Main goals: 1) Improving the schooling of Roma children; 2) Decreasing the reliance on social benefits; 3) Decreasing poverty; 4) Decreasing neighborhood nuisance and 5) Decreasing of criminality. Network: Nieuwegen municipality; local policy services; health services, schools and NGO's.
Budget per year: appr. € 350.000,- (municipal resources). The Wisselged methodology by itself is not difficult to transfer to other municipalities, but it first needs political support and quite a considerable financial investment. The Wisselgeld methodology will only be successful if it is executed by experienced professionals.

Evidence of success

In total 27 Roma families were involved in the Wisselgeld approach. These families consist of approximately 100 people.Within 3 years there has been a 10% increase in the number of Roma children attending school in a sustained way. In the first year of the programme the percentage of Roma depending on welfare benefits has decreased 10%, in the following 2 years this percentage has decreased 5%.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Willianne van Slooten

Municipality of Nieuwegen

Annex completed on: 07-29-2014

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