Hungarian Telecottage Story and Perspective

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

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Hungarian Telecottage Story and Perspective

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

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