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Annual Report 2000: Hungarian Association for Community Development
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Hungarian Association for
Community Development
(Közösségfejlesztők Egyesülete)
1011 Budapest, Corvin tér 8., Tel./fax: 36 1 201-5728 E-mail:,

The Objectives and Running of the Hungarian Association for Community Development

The objective of the Hungarian Association for Community Development is the development of the ability of citizens to initiate and act in the community. This goal is meant to be achieved through an increasing participation of citizens in their own and in their common affairs, through improving the community-related conditions of local action, and through building-up the local institutions of democracy.

Functioning of the organisation:
As a movement promotes the attitude and methods of community development:
· It organises conferences, seminars, and meetings.
· It publishes its own quarterly, the PAROLA.
· It runs the Civil Radio - in Budapest and the surrounding areas - and it strengthens the operation of local media (community radios, local newspapers, local associations).
· It runs an electronic information system and network called the Community Database.
· It develops and maintains national and international relations, and it participates in events that are important for its work.
As a professional organisation performs professional development work:
· It develops new methods and leads local, small regional and regional projects.
· It analyses, publishes, and teaches the results.
· It enables volunteers for community work and civil action.
· It trains professionals at higher-educational institutions and through its own training courses.
· Its training activities are strengthened by the provision of training curricula, course books, and other materials published by the organisation itself.
· It makes efforts to win over decision-makers as well as sponsors in order to apply community development in a wider range.

The association is a nation-wide organisation founded in April 1989, which acts as the organisation for community development professionals who are active on a voluntary basis. The members are from different parts of the country, and they possess different social and professional backgrounds. About two-thirds of the association’s members are composed of local non-profit organisations and local authorities. The remaining one-third is constituted by service professionals - community educators, social workers, teachers, clergymen, and local development professionals.

The Budapest Court of Justice has declared that the association is an eminently public benefit organisation from 1 January 1998 onwards. Its work is supervised by the General Assembly, which is convoked at least once a year. Its elected Board comprises 5 persons.
The president of the association at present is Tamás A. Varga, and its secretaries are Ferenc Péterfi and Ilona Vercseg.
The association has 5 employees who work full-time. Incidental honorariums are paid in the framework of our projects. The association is typified by voluntary work.

The associate organisations co-operating with the HACD are:
Civil College Foundation Intercommunity Foundation Foundation for Civil Radioing

The partners of the HACD include: Hungarian Institute of Culture (MMI) Combined European Bureau for Social Development (CEBSD) Community Development Foundation North, U.K. (CDF) International Association for Community Education (ICEA) International Association for Community Development (IACD) Association for Community Development in the County of Békés Community Service of Vas County „Living-Space” Association, Komárom Association of Community Workers in the Felső-Kiskunság Small Region B-A-Z County’s Institute of Culture
Autonomia Foundation Welfare Service Foundation Ökotárs Foundation

The sponsors and employers of the HACD in 2000 (Contributions in kind - e.g. office upkeep and other running expenses - are considered as donations): Rockefeller Foundation Mott Foundation Hungarian Institute for Culture Prime Minister’s Office, Department for Civic Relations Levi Strauss
Foundation Soros Foundation Hungarian Parliament Committee of Social Organisations

The Activities of the Hungarian Association for Community Development in 2000

We have organised our activities according to the objectives of our strategic plan 1998-2002.

The objective of the strategic plan is the strengthening of Hungarian community development through:

a) Creating a greater demand for community development through developing local democracy,
b) meeting these demands through providing professional services (advice, training, professional materials, etc.),
c) meeting the demands for community development in the pre-accession programmes of the EU,
d) developing the organisation of the association, and strengthening the position of young colleges trained by us through providing them with voluntary and paid work.

Creating and meeting the demand for community development

1) The Small Grants Programme

1. Circle of Friends for the Youth (Apaj, County of Pest) – the co-operation of local youth – the establishment of a club. Amount of funding: 300.000 HUF.
2. Suburban Estate of Zalaegerszeg (County of Zala) – the co-operation of 3 generations for organising the summer holiday of disadvantaged young people. Amount of funding: 300.000 HUF.
3. “Together for Nádasd” Association (County of Vas) – the establishment of small regional civil contacts among the villages. Amount of funding: 282.000 HUF.
4. Makra Platform Association (Pécs-Makra, County of Baranya) – park-creation, the organisation of collecting litter. Amount of funding: 300.000 HUF.
5. “Foolish Club” (Görcsöny, County of Baranya) – increasing environmental awareness, the building of a “green” information system, “green” events for children. Amount of funding: 300.000 HUF.
6. Sports and Youth Club (Bárdudvarnok, County of Somogy) – the co-operation of children and mothers, the creation of a playground. Amount of funding: 150.200 HUF.
7. Friendly Society for Village Renewal (Tass, County of Bács-Kiskun) – park-creation, the establishment of a club with a bar. The amount of funding: 300.000 HUF 2) Developing the Profession of Community Development · by the Department of Cultural Management and Social Politics/Social Work at the ELTE University of Budapest,
· by the Department of Social Politics at the JPTE University of Pécs.
· as an optional subject in the compulsory further training course for teachers and educational professionals, which is due in every 7 years. · In co-operation with the Department of Social Work at the Eötvös Lóránd University of Budapest, we have applied for the accreditation of the 2-year university course titled “Community Work”, which is organised for students who have obtained their first diploma.
· In co-operation with the Cultural Management Department of the Eötvös Lóránd University of Budapest, we have applied for the accreditation of the course titled “Civil Society & Non-profit Organisations”.
· We have developed a course curriculum covering 60 hours of training “Community Work” to be applied at the compulsory further training course for social workers, which they are due to attend in every 7 years. · Courses organised for the leaders of Gypsy Community Centres, 21 week-ends,
· The courses of the Small Grants Programme,
· Training courses for the employees of the newly founded County Civil Houses, 3) Conferences & Seminars · 20-22 November: Programme development seminar for participants in the Follow-up Programme
· 14-16 December: Community-based job creation for unemployed Gypsies · In May we actively attended the conference “Active Citizenship” in Örebro, Sweden (we gave a lecture). The conference was organised by the CEBSD.
· In August we gave a lecture on the contribution of community development at the Civic Forum in Oradea, Romania.
· In December 2000 we actively attended another international event in Ireland, which had been organised by the CEBSD, and which dealt with the “Peace and Reconciliation” project. 4) Communication
Strengthening and Improving the Conditions of Running of the Association

1) Legal and Financial Conditions
· The constitution, which had been revised by the Board with regard to new opportunities, was approved by the General Assembly.
· The Board has revised the membership, and non-paying members have been expelled.
· It has secured the financial conditions of running the association for a longer term than before, because the emphasis has been shifted from project-to-project financing to obtaining longer term funding.
· It has managed to increase the proportion of Hungarian sponsors and of those ordering its services.

2) Staff Development
in 1000 HUF
I. Personal allowances & benefits paid by the employer:
7 988
Where: regular personal allowances
    irregular personal allowances
personal allowances for non-staff members
social insurance benefits
employer-paid benefits
2 869

3 420
1 624
II. Material expenditure and other running expenses in total:
14 790
II/1. Material expenditure:
14 588
Where: purchase of materials and supplies:
service costs in total:
- overhead costs (gas, water, electricity, etc.)
- rent
- transportation, travel costs:
communication costs (telephone & postage)
13 584

2 513
II/2. Other running expenses in total: (budgetary payments, taxes, fees, etc.)
III. Accumulation (investment & renovation) Costs:
4 623
27 401
Income from performing main activity:
5 485
Income from enterprising:
Income from membership fees:
Income from applying for grants (please find details enclosed):
26 732
Income from interest rates:
Optionally offered 1 % contributions from income tax transferred by tax authority:
32 663
Grants & Income Received in 2000:
in 1000 HUF
Department of National Cultural Heritage, Hungary
International Community Education Association
OCMT, France
MOTT Foundation
6 595
Levi Strauss Ltd.
1 450
Soros Foundation
2 369
Rockefeller Brothers Fund
15 508
in total
26 732
Objectives and Activities Planned

Our general objectives for the coming year are identical with the objectives of the strategic plan quoted above, but, naturally, within these objectives some goals have been outlined that are given greater emphasis and attention during this period.

1. The development of our donation programme – The Small Grants Programme

· The regional representation envisaged at the starting point has proved to be insufficient – our service network must gradually be expanded to cover the whole country.
· We must solve the problem of preparing service professionals on a regular basis, and we must arrange the communication among them.

2. Network-Building

3. Training Courses – See the 2000 Annual Report of the Civil College Foundation.

4. Experimental Projects

· We have started working on a community development project concerning the development of the North-Hungarian town of Ózd and the surrounding small region, in co-operation with the Institute for Culture in Miskolc,
· In a joint effort with our colleagues at the ICEA, the European Foundation Center, and the Institute für Community Education, Berlin, we are elaborating a community development project dealing with the alternatives of becoming citizens. The project is attended by 3 Western-European, 3 Central-Eastern European and 3 Southern-European local communities. On our side, the small regions of Ózd and the Upper-Kiskunság have been involved in this international project. Our primary objective is to involve young people living in these areas to attend our training courses on democracy.
· We have developed a programme that provides a framework for following-up training organised for the activists of Gypsy Community Centres. Hence, community development processes will be launched in 7 local communities with both gypsy and non-gypsy members, in the hope of model value development.
· We have carried on with our small regional development work in the Upper-Kiskunság, with an emphasis on economic development.

5. Communication

6. Conferences & Seminars

The association is in the process of organising further national conferences and seminars:
· International seminar in the framework of the Central-Eastern European Training Programme
· The Introduction of Model Examples for Gypsy Community Centres – the final event of the project
· Job Creation and Community Development III. An Introduction of French Practice
· Democratic Development and Community Development

7. Finding Further Sources
· do our best to keep our present sponsors,
· carry on paying attention to EU programmes,
· seek to find local sources for our local projects (regional development funds, county and local governmental funds, training benefits from job centres, etc.),
· look for new sponsors.