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28 Sep. 2018

21th Edition of the Civil Society Organization Sustainability Index (CSOSI) for Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia released

The 2017 edition of the CSO Sustainability Index of Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia was published by the United States International Development Office, USAID. The report is prepared in cooperation with local experts and organizations each year. In compiling the chapter on Hungary the Ökotárs Foundation was the partner of USAID again.

24 Sep. 2018

Democratic backsliding and civil society response in Hungary

Since 2010, under the government of the right-conservative Fidesz party, Hungary has experienced a serious backsliding in democracy and the rule of law, raising European and international concern. In its striving to achieve boundless power, the government has systematically dismantled the institutions of checks and balances, through such means as limiting the competences of the Constitutional...

25 Jun. 2018

Opinion on the proposal of the European Commission “Regulation establishing the Rights and Values programme”

22 June 2018 - On 30 May 2018 the European Commission published a draft proposal for a Regulation on the “Rights and Values Programme” as part of the Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021-2027.

20 Dec. 2017

135 civil society organisations stand up for their peers working for local communities and for a peaceful Hungary

19 December 2018 - Following the steps of the Hungarian government, during the past week elected local representatives in several Hungarian cities launched attacks on Hungarian civil society organisations (CSOs), working for the benefit of communities and the Hungarian society, questioning their credibility and compromising their operations. We, 135 Hungarian CSOs, providing support to widest...

5 Sep. 2017

Complaint to the Constitutional Court challenging the constitutionality of the stigmatizing „foreign funded” law

Budapest, 30 August 2017 - 23 Hungarian civil society organizations working together in the Civilization campaign submitted a joint motion (complaint) to the Constitutional Court on Monday, challenging the constitutionality of the stigmatizing „foreign funded” law.

13 Jun. 2017

NGOs: We’re here to stay and to continue our work

On Tuesday, 13 June, after two postponed votes, the Hungarian Parliament adopted the Law on the Transparency of Foreign Funded Organisations. The community of civil society organisations united in the Civilizáció campaign continue to believe that the law is unnecessary, stigmatising and harmful.

26 Apr. 2017

It doesn’t go without NGOs - the Hungarian society needs the civil society organizations

Copying the Russian template, during recent year the Hungarian government has attempted to stigmatize and vilify Hungarian NGOs. The new draft law on the transparency of organizations funded from abroad now debated in the Parliament is a next step in this direction, suppressing debate, eventually every contrary opinion.

5 Dec. 2016

On the way to community organizing

In the last 25 years Ökotárs Foundation has continuously monitored the situation of NGOs and the communities behind them and was shaping its own grant programs and those it has managed according to these experiences – as far as it was possible.

5 Oct. 2016

The Good Grantmaking Guide published

The foundations making up the Environmental Partnerhsip Association each have more than 15 years of experience in providing small grant support to civil society and community organizations. They now collected and synthetized their knowhow in this booklet outlining the key elements and cornerstones of a well-working and efficient open grant mechanism. This practical guide may be of interest for...

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