Project information

Civic Engagement of the Roma people in Hungary

This project will increase the participation of Roma communities in the design and implementation of the Roma Integration Strategy for Hungary at the local level in one target region (Cserehát), through the innovative use of media tools.

August 2011 - August 2012

Charity information: Minority Rights Group International (MRG)

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  • Need


    The impact of the Hungarian Roma Strategy has been limited, especially in the areas of employment, housing, & participation of the Roma in the policy process. The reasons for this include lack of ethnically disaggregated data collection, insufficient assessment of the activities, lack of empowerment of municipalities to prepare local operational plans, information deficit and lack of empowerment of the Roma community to make their municipalities accountable for the fulfillment of the targets.


    This project will advocate for the decentralization of the Roma Integration Strategy in Hungary and the inclusion of the local Roma community members through a successful media advocacy and outreach campaign by mobilizing members of the Roma community at a grassroots level. It will gather evidence on the degree to which initiatives are reaching and benefiting local Roma, which will also be fed back to local and national-level decision makers.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Encourage involvement of the Roma communities in the implementation of the Roma Integration Strategy


    » Producing audio and video interviews by Roma community members with decision-makers and community members on the unemployment situation in Cserehát.
    » Placing news items created by Roma community members on Pro-Cserehát's and MRG's
    » Participation of members of the local communities in the open debates at a local and national level.

    15 Roma activists (7 women and youth) report increased capacity to use media tools in campaigning & increased knowledge and understanding of Roma Decade and National Roma Strategy.

    Aim 2

    Provide guidelines for the government for the decentralization of the Roma Integration Strategy.


    » Send out the news items to decision-makers in emails as an integrated part of the advocacy campaign.
    » Producing a multimedia report on the decentralization of the Roma Integration Strategy and the structured dialogue between the different stakeholders.
    » Sending out recommendations to decision-makers in emails with the media items attached.

    Better understanding from decision makers on what will improve Roma unemployment in the target region.

    Aim 3

    Enhance the positive representation of the Roma in the regional and national media.


    » Promote the produced news items to the national and local Hungarian media and the EU media.
    » Constant communication of project results through social media (facebook, twitter, blogs, wikis, etc.).
    » Dissemination of the multimedia report to journalists & civil society actors.

    An increase in media coverage of issues linked to Roma and employment or unemployment in the target region.

  • Impact


    As a long-term result, the project, if successful, will result in the differential in the unemployment rate between Roma and non-Roma in the target settlements falling significantly. It will also provide models on how more inclusive and more participative interventions can more effectively benefit the Roma living in poverty across the whole of Hungary and beyond.


    Risks include fieldwork and community based activities jeopardised by civil/political unrest. However, MRG has a contingency plan that would be put into place and would encompass this project.


    Reporting to donors will take place on an annual basis, in conjunction with our main donor’s reporting guidelines.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £22,119

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,412 Administration office rent and supplies
      £12,937 Salaries communications, programmes officer, financial assistant
      £2,460 Meetings and training public discussion meetings, regional conference, media advocacy training
      £2,310 Travel local transportation
  • Background


    The region of Cserehát in Northern Hungary.


    Final beneficiaries are the almost 100 settlements with a significant Roma population, approximately 16 % of the population, around 20,000 people. Majority communities in the region will benefit from more stable and open community relations. Local and national-level decision-makers will have increased accountability and advice through the project.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    There is no other NGO with MRG’s broad mandate on minority issues, nor its high reputation among minority communities, governments and UN human rights bodies. MRG Europe has been working to improve and increase the reporting of minority rights issues in the developing world in media outlets across 10 old and new EU member states, including significant work with the media in Hungary.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Pro-CsereháT Association

    The partner will provide field experience, already trained staff, relational capital with Roma localities and municipalities.

    Independent Roma News Agency (IRNA)

    The partner will provide field experience, already trained staff, relational capital with Roma localities and municipalities.