2.3 National strategy on Youth Volunteering
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Currently, there is no independent strategy for youth volunteering in Hungary. A general volunteering strategy, the National Volunteer Strategy (Nemzeti Önkéntes Stratégia) was adopted by the Government Decision no. 1068/2012 (III. 20.) [1068/2012. (III. 20.) Korm. határozat] and has the timeframe of 2012-2020. The strategy also does not adress the specific issue of youth volunteering. It does not define explicit goals in relation to young people, though they are mentioned several times among the target groups. One of the success indicators by 2020 was:
'The rate of participation in volunteer activities by young people aged 18-26 increases 25% by 2020.'
Not applicable – youth volunteering is not mentioned separately in the previous Strategy. (See sub-chapter 2.3 Existence of a National Strategy.)
As mentioned above, the previous strategy does not focus on youth volunteering; there were no specific youth-related tasks assigned to any authorities. However, in general, the Minister heading the Prime Minister's Office (Miniszterelnökséget vezető miniszter) manage the tasks related to youth policy.
According to the information provided by the Ministry in 2021, the focus areas for young people in volunteering are
- long-term sustainability,
- quality improvement,
- digital volunteering,
- widening participation
- promoting volunteering.
The Strategy calls for frequent monitoring; the first phase was conducted in 2013. The report (Önkéntesség Magyarországon, 2013.) does not explicitly address youth volunteering; it only analyses the role of age. The next wave of monitoring was conducted in 2018. Although the research did not only focus on young people, it paid attention to the answers of 18-29-year olds. (Önkéntesség Magyarországon, 2018.)
The revision of the National Volunteer Strategy 2012-2020 (Nemzeti Önkéntes Stratégia 2012-2020) has already started in summer 2019. According to the information provided by the Ministry in 2021, the report was completed in 2021. The government and the civil society provided feedback by early January 2022. The next step in the process is the finalization of the policy, with the revision of the National Volunteer Council, then the adoption of the forthcoming National Volunteer Strategy (For more information about the National Volunteer Council see sub-chapter 2.2 Administration and governance of youth volunteering.)
The new National Volunteer Strategy will focus on improving the quality and operational conditions of volunteering programmes and on promoting volunteering. The new strategy aims to build a society based on inclusion, active community participation and personal responsibility through volunteering.