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Presentation by György Nagyházi (Hungarian Telecottage Association) to WITFOR 2007 Agriculture Commission. (www.witfor.org)

Presentation by György Nagyházi (Hungarian Telecottage Association) to WITFOR 2007 Agriculture Commission. (www.witfor.org)

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    Hungarian Telecottage Story and Perspective Hungarian Telecottage Story and Perspective Presentation Transcript

    • 1 Hungarian Telecottage Story and Perspective by György Nagyházi Hungarian Telecottage Association www.telehaz.hu
          • A movement that started „from below”, from a little village (Csákberény)
          • The basis have been the need for community and village development
          • All important actors of the village have taken part in the preparations
          • It was a collective creative enterprise process
      The beginning 1993-94 2 www.telehaz.hu
    • Working to change the public opinion, the turning point - 1996-98
          • Self-sacrificing work of the enthusiasts
          • Founding of the Hungarian Telecottage Association
          • Continuous press campaign for two years
          • An American aid program (1997, 30 Telecottages)
          • The national government starts to support the initiative
      6 www.telehaz.hu
    • Mission of the Movement
          • Telecottages are local, community based responses to the challenges of the information society.
          • Their mission is to provide equal opportunities for everyone, especially for rural communities
          • Telecottages are the most effective actors in rural development, helping to diminish economic and cultural obstacles.
      www.telehaz.hu
    • How the telecottages are operating, and what are they doing?
          • Each telecottage is an independent organisation
          • The Telecottage is an electronic public access point
          • They need to meet the Telecottage minimum criteria (Technical, organisational and service)
          • Providing public services (educational, social and public information)
          • Services for local businesses (office, communication, financial, and commercial services)
          • Services for NGOs
      9 www.telehaz.hu
    • Telecottages in Hungary - present and future
          • Currently there are 400 operating telecottages
          • The biggest rural community network in Hungary
          • The Hungarian Government neglects the network potential since 200 0
      8 www.telehaz.hu
    • Telecottages in Hungary - present and future
          • New tasks has been assigned to the network, but no financial resources ( tax administration, land registry, etc)
          • Local NGOs and the villages supporting the telecottages
          • The business sector also provides support (Microsoft Hungary)
      www.telehaz.hu
    • Telecottages in Hungary - results
          • Public ITC access for 1 million citizens
          • Telecenter based employment creation – 350-400 jobs and 1500 volunteers
          • Telecottage know-how export – Telecottage program in Yugoslavia and in Romania
      www.telehaz.hu
    • Best practices in agriculture
      • Assistance for farmers in administrative issues (tax, farm subsidies)
      • Some telecenters are the management organisation of their micro region’s LEADER program
      • Centers for Agro-tourism (operating the web based reservation systems)
      www.telehaz.hu
    • Best practices in agriculture
      • Providing the facilities for the state agricultural officer for his/her office day in the village, preparing the farmers’ official documentation
      • Organizing trainings and disseminating information for the farmers and the locals in general
      • It is the center for local and micro regional programs and projects