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The World Bank report was launched in early September at a conference entitled "A Way Out and a Possible Way Forward: Social Microcredit, Financial Inclusion, and Self-Employment for Roma" hosted in Brussels by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Regional Policy, the Kiútprogram Non-profit Co, the World Bank, and the Polgár Foundation for Opportunities.
One of the findings is that Roma in the Eastern European region are generally excluded from regular financial services including basic bank accounts and the more advanced microcredit.
One of the main conclusions of the report is that "efforts promoting financial inclusion can not only contribute directly to the welfare of Roma in Eastern Europe, but can also complement efforts to close the gaps in the education, employment, housing, and health sectors - areas which have traditionally been the focus of Roma integration policies".
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