A „Közösségi felzárkóztatás a mélyszegénységben élők integrációjáért” program honlapja

About the Program


An aid program has began in 2010 in Hungary in order to promote the integration of people living in deep poverty and to reduce the deepening,  reproduction and territorial spread of deep poverty. The above objectives are planned to be achieved by the development of local community relations, by the adaptation of certain public services - such as social and health services as well as other forms of assistance for improving the situation of children - to local needs, and mobilizing the local population.



The program is co-financed by the European Social Fund. The program has two components, both rest on three pillars: social and community development as well as regional/rural development that are supplemented by additional human services.


Local organizations with experience in providing the above services can apply to thesecond component of the grant program with projects aimed at improving the situation of people living in deep poverty, while the task of the organizations implementing the first component is to provide professional support of the applicants of the second component.


The implementing organisations of the first component are the Autonomia Foundation, the Hungarian Association for Community Development, the VÁTI Hungarian Non-profit Ltd for Regional Development and Town Planning and the Alliance of Social Professionals, the lead organisation being the Autonomia Foundation. The task of the consortium is to provide professional support to the implementing organisations of the second component in order to assure the successful realization of the local projects.


The organizations of the consortium represent the diversity that is expected of the projects of the second component as well as regards to the implementing professionals involved. Autonomia Foundation has expertise in supporting the development of the most disadvantaged regions, the Hungarian Association for Community Development has been working in community development, Váti has been involved in rural development, while the Alliance of Social Professionals has experience in the field of ​​social services.

The first phase of the project – during the application period of the second component - information days were held in the relevant regions to raise awareness of the program among the stakeholders and to provide support for the potential applicants. Interested applicants received local consultations to help the planning of the projects.


The successful candidates will sign a written agreement of cooperation and a joint work plan will be developed. All projects will be continuously followed up, regular on-site consultations will take place.


Our support includes the followings besides on-site consultations:


(1) Organising workshops on a quarterly basis to share experiences between geographically adjacent projects. Every half year nationwide, 2-day thematic workshops are also organized with the participation of all projects, based on important professional issues, raised by the projects.


(2) Opening and closing conference. An opening and a closing conference are organized with the participation of all the projects of the second component.


(3) Methodological guidelines. Easily understood, practical methodological guides prepared to directly help the implementation of the projects. Planned topics:

- Community planning, community development, community work with people living in extreme poverty

- The successful cooperation between social work, community development and rural development, for the social integration of the most disadvantaged groups.
- The sustainable development of social services to include the most excluded groups. 


(4) Professional publications will be compiled based on the above methodological guides, the conclusions of the local projects and the results of the impact assessment, aiming at the broader professional audience.


(5) Supervision. Each project team receives supervision on a monthly basis by supervisors rained and experienced in the field of social services.


(6) Trainings. Two longer - 60 hour - trainings are planned on the topics of community-based social services as well as financial awareness and debt management. Furthermore three shorter – 24 hour – courses will be organised on the most important issues of community development. The themes of the trainings are closely linked to the needs of the local projects.



Implementer Organisations


AUTONOMIA FOUNDATION

 

Autonómia Foundation was established in 1990 to promote civil society development. It supports civil initiatives in which people mobilize the available local resources to reach their goals.

 

We partner with Roma and non-Roma civil organizations in our development and grant giving activities among marginalized people. Besides direct development work we do training and research, and as we do not have our own resources now, we facilitate the efficiency of government and European programs targeting the improvement of labor market conditions of Roma and poor.  It is a priority that the lessons learnt in our 20 years’ work should be used by the widest possible public.

 


THE HUNGARIAN ASSOCIATION FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

 

The Hungarian Association for Community Development (HACD) has been working on the broadening of social integrations, the advancement of local democracy and on the development of autonomous and solidarity-based local communities since 1989.  It is a not-for-profit NGO with a nation-wide network of about 100 members.

 

HACD works for the strengthening of civil society, with the aim of encouraging and enabling people to act locally in any field concerning their life. We contribute to democratic practices which will enable people to participate in decision-making processes, to select among alternatives, to take responsibility, to learn co-operation, to represent their interests, to resolve conflicts, to arrive at a consensus, etc. We believe that the objective of a strong civil society should not be confined to charity and aiding those in need, but it should also aim at active citizenship.

For this purpose, the Association works to get the idea of community development across and to organise a movement. It makes efforts to profile a new profession by organising training courses, seminars, conferences and study tours. Information is spread through its periodical paper, a series of methodological and theoretical publications, the Budapest Civil Radio and the Community Data Bank.

HACD as a professional organisation is involved in networking - developing a network and training of professional community development workers – in developing local communication and transparency, in improving access to information, , in providing training for local people,  enabling them to local action and in spreading the spirit of, and helping to build cross-sector partnerships.

 


VÁTI HUNGARIAN NONPROFIT LTD. FOR REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND TOWN PLANNING

 

VÁTI was founded in 1950 as an urban planning institute. After 1967 its profile broadened and VÁTI became the main organisation for the preparation of settlement structure development plans, town master plans, recreational area development plans and also became internationally well known for the rehabilitation of historic sites.

 

From the late nineties, as an organisation with public mission, the company was assigned for the task of creating and operating the National Documentation Centre for Regional and Technical Planning. It was also contracted for professional consulting in support of government activities for the development and protection of the urban environment. VÁTI is responsible for the drafting and updating of the National Regional Development Concept. The company was involved in the co-ordination and organisation of EU PHARE programs for regional development and cross-border co-operation (CBC) and for this task it started to establish its regional offices. VÁTI was also charged with developing and operating an information system (TeIR) in support of regional development and planning initiatives as well.

 

The Regional Development Directorate established in 2000 played key role in preparing Hungary's accession to the European Union. The Directorate supported various planning and co-ordination efforts on a national scale, and was involved in program implementation,  impact assessments of regional procedures and projects generally under the competence of the Minister in charge of regional development. Soon after the establishment of state institutions for rural development VÁTI has given a professional background in this field as well.

 

Since 1998 VÁTI is the Implementing Agency for regional development and cross-border co-operation programs. The Phare pre-accession funds were completed by new programs after the joining the European Union: the Regional Development Operative Program and INTERREG Community Initiative in which VÁTI is acting as Intermediary Body and Final Beneficiary. Furthermore the Company represents Hungary in several international initiatives and networks like the European Urban Knowledge Network (EUKN), the European Spatial Planning Observation Network (EPSON) or the Urban Actions (URBACT).

 

VÁTI operates as a fully state-owned public corporation.



THE ALLIANCE OF SOCIAL PROFESSIONALS

 

The Alliance of Social Professionals is an umbrella organisation established in 1995. The main aims of the association are the interest representation of professionals and NGOs working in the social field, the civic control over decisions related to social and civic issues and the implementation of programs with social aims or themes. The alliance has nine member organisations, including other umbrella organisations or associations with broad individual membership. The activity of the alliance covers the entire country. The organisation has a wide information and partner network and the programs implemented are often based on broad partnership.

Prejudices against the poor and the Roma gained strength in the last few years. Leading opinion in the social profession is that the fight against poverty turned into a fight against the poor, deteriorating social cohesion that was never very strong. The Alliance of Social Professionals organised several forums around the social dimensions of these issues and the lack of social cohesion with the emphasis on seeking potential solutions.

The Alliance had been active in numerous informal civic collaborations and also initiated the establishment of some. Activities include organising conferences, debates and forums. The Alliance has several task groups and publishes its own monthly periodical.