On October 25, 2018, our ”Conference on the Situation of Rural ( Small) Communities and NGOs” was successfully held at Archbishop’s Palace in Eger. The aim of the event was to have a professional discussion among of active small communities, and NGOs operating in the region of North-Hungary, which started with a welcome speech by Eszter Égető, colleague of New Generation Centre (Új Nemzedék Központ). Then, Melinda Vartik introduced our project called "Strengthening and Activation of Small Communities in the Settlements of Northern Hungary".
István Sebestyén (Hungarian Central Statistical Office – HCSO) gave a keynote lecture on the situation of Hungarian NGOs. After his lecture, Vera Móra (Ökotárs Foundation), Andrea Sélley (Dialóg Association) and Tibor Csathó ( Életfa Environmental Protection Association) discussed the topic with each other and the audience.
Main topics for afternoon sessions were communication and fundraising. Alíz Kun (Igazgyöngy Foundation), Vanda Molnár (the Opál Foundation) and Gábor Bakos (sziamaci.hu) shared useful information about the effective communication of NGOs. Innovative forms of fundraising were also discussed with the participants by Ibolya Pluhár-Schaff (Boróka Association) and Judit Oprics (NIOK- Adjukössze.hu).
Hereby, we would like to thank everyone who participated in the conference. Topics and details on the next professional meeting of regional civil society are coming soon.