It’s not uncommon in my experience for Roma people to be highly sought-after for either their skills in, for example, gathering together focus groups or taking part in them directly. At the very minimun those people doing the gathering are often people with great professional skills, which is why they can do this. However, whilst being recognised as professional they are not, or not frequently in my experience, recompensed financially for this piece of work – yet this is clearly an example of a piece of work which provides an income and indeed at times a raison d’être for other professionals who run the projects et cetera.
This is something which Roma Futures could look into. How to develop this clear need for information, to communicate information and to gather information, into something that provides gainful employment for Roma professionals.