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EACEA National Policies Platform: Youthwiki


9. Youth and the World

9.6 Intercontinental youth work and development cooperation

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  1. Intercontinental youth work cooperation
  2. Development cooperation activities

Intercontinental youth work cooperation

International Youth Relations Office

'The aim of the International Youth Relations Office (Nemzetközi Ifjúsági Kapcsolatok Iroda) is to develop international cooperation, to strengthen the international relations of civil society organisations, to promote the development of local, regional, national and European identities, to establish a wide-ranging cooperation with other organisations and networks with similar goals, promoting the social integration of young people, individual and group consultations, recruiting youth work, and competency development programmes.'

The office focuses mainly on the system of services provided to young people and institution building. Projects focus on exchange of experiences with youth organisations and joint methodological developments. The purpose of the office is to maintain cultural diversity and to organise intercultural events. 'In developing cooperation there is an important role of the Hungarian organisations, professional associations abroad, and developing the communication with them.'

The Office was operated by the New Generation Centre. In 2020, the role of the New Generation Centre was passed to its legal successor, Elisabeth Youth Fund (Erzsébet Ifjúsági Alap). 

Hungary Helps programme

The aims of the programme are

  • to assist people and communities living in areas of need, persecution or humanitarian catastrophe,
  • to support the local population to stay, and
  • to assist projects that are about to protect the freedom of religion, with particular reference to persecuted Christian and other religious minorities. 

The programme may be supported, inter alia, by volunteering. In accordance with the applicable law, the program thus provides opportunities for the young generation to develop their attitudes, to strengthen the role of volunteering and to develop global responsibility. [Act CXX of 2018 on the Hungary Helps Programme (2018. évi CXX. törvény a Hungary Helps Programról)]

Development cooperation activities

Waclaw Felczak Foundation

The mission of the Wacław Felczak Foundation is primarily to

'deepen Hungarian-Polish friendship and cooperation. [...] In order to preserve, raise awareness and disseminate the cultural heritage of the Hungarian-Polish friendship and to pass it on from one generation to another, it shall carry out a public task supporting the promotion of contacts between Hungarian and Polish young people and professionals through calls for proposals and program management.' [Act CLXVI of 2017 on the Wacław Felczak Foundation. (2017. évi CLXVI. törvény a Wacław Felczak Alapítványról)]

The aim of the foundation is to strengthen Polish-Hungarian friendship among young generations through exchanges, cultural and scientific cooperation. [About the Foundation (Az alapítványról)]

Kőrösi-Csoma Sándor programme

'The aim of the programme are to reach out to the Hungarians of the diaspora; to provide support for organising the community and cultural life in these areas; to develop and maintain their Hungarian language skills with the offering scholarship programme.

The programme initially sent 50 people, then 100, and currently almost 114 young people to the 25 countries where Hungarian emigrants live.' [The Kőrösi Csoma Sándor Programme (A Kőrösi Csoma Sándor Program)]