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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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  • 1. 1 Hungarian Telecottage Story and Perspective by György Nagyházi Hungarian Telecottage Association www.telehaz.hu
  • 2.
        • 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
  • 3. 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
  • 4. 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.
  • 5. 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
  • 6. 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
  • 7. 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)
  • 8. 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
  • 9. 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)
  • 10. 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