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Open Society Foundations;
The Open Society Foundations have been present in Hungary for 30 years, supporting organizations and individuals who play an active role in defending democratic values, minority rights, freedom of the media, and quality education for all.We are proud to present here the organizations we supported in Hungary in 2016.This brief publication aims to provide insight on our work in Hungary. A note on terminology: we define "Hungarian grantees" as organizations based in Hungary and/or organizations with significant activities in Hungary.
Open Society Foundations;
The Open Society Foundations, which now work in over 100 countries, began in 1984 in Hungary, when George Soros set up his first philanthropic foundation in what was then a communist country. Over the years, the development of what was then called the Hungarian Soros Foundation reflected the dramatic political events that unfolded in that country.These earliest developments helped set the priorities that guide the Open Society Foundations today. This publication chronicles how our work in Hungary has evolved over the past three decades, increasing in scope to include everything from journalism to education to health care. Today, the Open Society Foundations continue to fund groups in Hungary, providing over $1 million per year to over 30 Hungarian NGOs.
Open Society Foundations;
The Open Society Foundations have been present in Hungary for 30 years, supporting organizations and individuals who play an active role in defending democratic values, minority rights, freedom of the media, and quality education for all. We are proud to present here the organizations we supported in Hungary in 2015. The year 2015 was chosen as this allows review of a year in full; complete information for 2016 is not yet available. This brief publication aims to provide insight on our work in Hungary. A note on terminology: we define "Hungarian grantees" as organizations based in Hungary and/or organizations with significant activities in Hungary.
Open Society Foundations;
The Roma Early Childhood Inclusion (RECI) studies and reports aim to build a comprehensive and detailed picture of the extent of early childhood provision and services, available to Romani families. The studies have been carried out in five countries—Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Romania and Serbia—and endeavour to identify the major obstacles that Romani families face in accessing high-quality, socially inclusive, early childhood care and education. More generally, the studies and reports deliver data and information about communities that are often ignored or misrepresented by official statistics, government policies, ministerial strategies and plans for spending.As previous studies carried out by Open Society Foundations have shown—No Data—No Progress, 2010—the lack of reliable data hampers any attempt to measure the impact of government or international NGO intervention. Planning services and allocating resources to Romani communities are the consequence of "guesswork" rather than knowledge and careful study. The Roma Early Childhood Inclusion reports present a distillation of the most recent and reliable data to be had, in these circumstances, drawn from the actual communities themselves, through interviews and focus groups. Government strategies, policies and action plans are all assessed in this context; what has been the effect of the initiatives aimed at improving the economic and social position for Romani families, in these countries?This Overview Report draws upon data from the five country studies, carried out by Romani and non-Romani researchers working together, to present what are the themes and topics of most relevance to families and young children in settlements and neighbourhoods across central, eastern and south-eastern Europe. A profound lack of equality of access and services, beset by numerous obstacles, characterizes the overall picture, for Roma. The numbers of Romani children that have access to good quality, early childhood education and care provision or who can participate in community and home-based learning programmes, remains minimal in comparison with the surrounding, majority populations.The desperate need for Romani children to be able to access, at least for two years, high-quality, socially inclusive, early childhood education and care services and benefit from effective home visiting and community-based early childhood development (ECD) programmes, is a particular theme throughout the report. This is a minimum requirement that the partner organizations (UNICEF, Open Society Foundation's Early Childhood Program and Roma Education Fund) advocate for at national and international levels, if progress is to be made in improving education outcomes for Romani children.The scale of the changes that need to be undertaken in order to provide equal opportunity for Romani children and families requires that national governments and international institutions (such as the Council of Europe, the European Commission and the European Union's Parliament) act, following the recommendations that these reports deliver.
Decade of Roma Inclusion Secretariat Foundation;
In autumn 2012, the Decade of Roma Inclusion Secretariat Foundation commissioned the Hungarian Civil Consortium to review the first year of the implementation of the National Social Inclusion Strategy of Hungary (hereinafter referred to as NRIS1or the Strategy), with a special focus on the actions and policies targeting Roma inclusion. All the findings are based on interviews, document reviews and citizen consultations that served as a forum for Roma and pro-Roma NGOs, municipalities and representatives of Roma self-governments.The Hungarian Strategy targets several vulnerable groups, for example children, people living in less developed regions and also Roma. Thus, it follows the "explicit but not exclusive targeting" principle, congruent with the 10 Common Basic Principles of Roma Inclusion. Nevertheless, the lack of a very clear Roma focus may pose challenges to a successful and robust policy-making, while various interventions in sectoral policies (for example, change of legislation, launching of programmes, etc.) and partial interventions launched in parallel may further weaken the efforts made in favour of Roma inclusion and the Strategy's implementation.
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation;
This study, commissioned by the C.S. Mott Foundation, aims to survey the situation of small, relatively unknown, independent grantmaking organisations in Hungary and to gather opinions regarding their long term sustainability. This study does not aim to be an exhaustive case study of Hungarian non-profit organisations; rather, a specific analysis of a selected group of organisations has been carried out.
Open Society Foundations;
Hungary's Most Disadvantaged Micro-regions Program (LHH—Leghátrányosabb Helyzetű Kistérségek Felzárkóztatási Programja) aims to reduce regional disparities. Unemployment is a chronic feature of the most disadvantaged Hungarian micro-regions, education services are poor quality, and the amount of personal debts accumulated by the population has risen exponentially. These problems affect the Roma population in particular, contributing to their segregation and discrimination.Based on Hungary's National Development Plan I (2004–2006), the most disadvantaged micro-regions received per capita funding exceeding the national average. However, this additional funding was insufficient for counter-balancing negative socio-economic trends. Moreover, certain micro-regions, settlements, or social groups obtained resources below the average.In the autumn of 2007, the government designated the 33 most disadvantaged micro-regions on the basis of their economic, social, and infrastructure coverage indicators, and decided that these regions need to be developed through a complex program. Four regional operational programs (ROPs), the Social Renewal Operational Program (SROP), and the Social Infrastructure Operational Program (SIOP) of the New Hungary Development Plan (NHDP) were the primary sources of funding for this complex program.The data informing the current evaluation was collected from March to October 2010. We selected 15 of the 33 micro-regions embraced by the LHH Program by taking several considerations into account (to form a heterogeneous sample and to capture different levels disadvantaged status). Our research is primarily based on the accounts of the micro-regional actors, who were reached out by a survey and structured interviews. Expert interviews were also conducted with program planners and the central implementing agencies.This report accounts for the first results of the program as it is premature to examine local impacts at this point. When this research was conducted, approximately half of the projects approved within the framework of the LHH Program received funding notification, whilst half of the projects did not reach this stage, and only a few projects were fully implemented.The fundamental aim of this evaluation is to record the successes and failures of LHH in reducing regional disparities and improving the situation of the Roma through targeted planning and programming. This analysis is seen as timely: the planning of similar programs for the next development period (2011–2013) is currently in progress in which priority issues of the Decade of the Roma (2005–2015) are also considered. In addition, it is also known that the Hungarian Presidency of the EU and the European Commission will present a European Framework Strategy for Roma Inclusion in the first half of 2011.
Open Society Institute;
Examines trends in media consumption; digital media's effects on public service broadcasters, journalism, and civic activism; trends in digital technology and business; and new media regulations' impact on freedom of expression. Makes recommendations.
Presently, the culture of open discussion seems to be threatened in an increasing number of countries. In Central and Eastern Europe's (CEE's) democracies, recent political developments appear to jeopardize progresses made in the past. Against this background, this study aims at shedding light on the dynamics of CEE'scivil society and gives a brief overview of the status quo and recent developments that directly affect civil society. The study was conducted by the Competence Center for Nonprofit Organizations and Social Entrepreneurship at WU Vienna (Vienna University of Economics and Business), commissioned by and in collaboration with ERSTE foundation as well as with a group of country experts. The inclusion of expert assessments on civil society aims at giving a voice primarily to practitioners. Therefore, the study included an online survey in each participating country, addressing CSO representatives operating in various fields of activity.
Global Philanthropy Project (GPP);
While the late 20th century saw a blossoming of civil society organizations, the beginning of the 21st century has been a period of upheaval. In response to both the threat of terrorism and to growing populist pressure for democracy, transparency, and government accountability, states have used new laws and tactics to restrict freedom of association and freedom of expression. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) organizations have always faced such barriers, ranging from criminalization of same-sex sexuality, to refusal of the right to register organizations or hold public events, to the shutdown of websites. In recent years, some countries have also ratified new laws that explicitly prohibit groups engaged in "LGBT propaganda." In other countries, politicians have mobilized resurgent nationalism by publicly scapegoating LGBT groups as representing "foreign values." These overlapping trends have created a "perfect storm" for LGBT civil society organizations caught in simultaneous waves of political pressure. This report examines how these forces are affecting LGBT groups in four countries: Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia, Hungary, and Kenya. The report also highlights these groups' resilience, and how many have found ways to survive and thrive in restrictive and often threatening environments.
Open Society Institute;
Presents findings from the European Commission's program to monitor the use of ethnic profiling and improve police-community relations in Bulgaria, Hungary, and Spain. Outlines ethnic disparities in stop rates, lessons learned, and recommendations.
Centrum Pre Filantropiu (CPF);
The subject of this study is the percentage tax designation system as a phenomenon in the nexus of public finance allocation, public benefit/civil society realm and taxation. Its focus is Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), where the system has remained to be a popular policy instrument over twenty years.This research had been prepared in 2014 and was conducted during 2015 in five CEE countries that use the percentage tax designation system: Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. It focused on four areas: 1) What the percentage tax designation system actually is and what it is not, 2) What is its role in funding of the non-profit sector, 3) What are its side effects and 4) What is the connection between the policy making and the results? The research had a form of expert panel through country research associates that worked according to the unified methodology, using secondary quantitative and qualitative data. The data including the expert opinion were organized into the project's database.