Being Fair, Faring Better: Promoting Equality of Opportunity for Marginalized Roma in Europe
April 8, 2016World Bank Headquarters, Washington, DC

On the occasion of International Roma Day on April 8, the World Bank Social Protection and Labor Global Practice and the European Country Unit are organizing a roundtable discussion on global lessons to expand opportunities for the most disadvantaged by promoting inclusive education, productive employment and improving livelihoods.

The recently published flagship report Being Fair, Faring Better: Promoting Equality of Opportunity for Marginalized Roma, will provide the framework to showcase a few successful stories such as Juventud y Empleo - Dominican Republic, Chile Solidario - Chile, Barrio Ciudad – Honduras and  Integrated Urban Plan in Medellin - Colombia.

The roundtable discussion will include non-government and government stakeholders, academics, and civil society. The event will have video conference connections at the following World Bank offices: Brussels, Belgrade, Bucharest, Skopje, Sofia, and Vienna.

On 8 April, you can follow the conversation LIVE and ask questions or comment on Facebook and Twitter #internationalromaday


  • Mariam Sherman, Director (Strategy and Operations) Washington D.C.
  • Arup Banerji, Regional Director (European Union) Brussels


  • Roberta Gatti, Lead Economist
  • Sandor Karacsony, Social Protection Specialist (Equality of Opportunity for Marginalized Roma)
  • Omar Arias, Lead Economist (Juventud y Empleo, Dominican Republic)
  • Veronica Silva Villalobos, Senior Social Protection Specialist (Chile Solidario, Chile)
  • Paula Restrepo, Urban Economist (Barrio Ciudad – Honduras, and Integrated Urban Plan in Medellin – Colombia)
  • When:: Friday, April 8 2016, 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. EDT
  • Where: : World Bank Headquarters, Washington DC