Study on Social Impact Assessment as a tool for mainstreaming social inclusion and social protection concerns in public policy in EU Member States

Study on social impact assessment

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Open letter from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences' Program to Combat Child Poverty to the decision-makers

PROGRAMME TO COMBAT CHILD POVERTY

Open letter from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences' Program to Combat Child Poverty to the decision-makers

What is going to happen to our children?

At the present time, at least one quarter of our children live in poverty. That proportion has been growing continuously since 2008. The economic crisis has only worsened matters. Government opportunities have been limited for quite some time and they are not likely to improve on short term. Under these circumstances, we should at least give top priority to the tools that block or, at a minimum, impede the spread of deep and lasting poverty - which is a threat to our overall future - and which act as quasi-automatic stabilizers, at least assuaging the effects of the crisis. The automatic stabilizers tend to limit inequalities from below to a degree, and to prevent, for instance, declines in incomes so radical that they reduce consumption, hence selection and production as well. The most important of the automatic stabilizers are the system of progressive taxation, employee rights, unemployment benefits and welfare provisions in general. All of these systems have been undergoing downgrades for a number of years. This seriously hurts children and their families. The purpose of this letter is to call attention to the problems faced by a wide range of our children and their families.

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Proposal

PROGRAMME TO COMBAT CHILD POVERTY

Budapest, 22 October 2010

Ministry of National Resources
Child and Adolescent Protection Division

To Zoltán Dudás, Division Director

Dear Sir,

Child poverty has been exacerbated by the current economic crisis and we have found that a growing number of children are going hungry. While there are a variety of tools available to alleviate this, we see the top priority to be a slight improvement in organized meals for children. For that reason, we recommend that the 2011 budget include a change in the regulations pertaining to organized meals for children.

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8th ESPAnet Conference 2010

8th ESPAnet Conference 2010

slideshow   Zsuzsa Ferge: Inequalities in new capitalism - how do they affect European integration?
 

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Peer Review

Peer Review

Peer Review Programme

Details: Peer Reviews

Promoting social inclusion of children in a disadvantaged rural environment - the micro-region of Szécsény'
Host Country : Hungary
Place and date : Budapest , 27. - 28.5.2010
Peer countries : Croatia - Czech Republic - Italy - Portugal - Serbia - United Kingdom

The Szécsény micro-region consists of 13 independent settlements, totalling 20,000 people, among which 4,000 children and a significant Roma population. The area is characterised by high unemployment and an accumulation of social disadvantages.

A pilot programme was launched in 2006 with a view to breaking the cycle of poverty and social exclusion faced by children in the region. The programme is based on a comprehensive approach that combines the improvement of nutrition and healthcare for children, the modernisation of social and childcare services, the improvement of housing conditions, the development of public education and of the information society, and the development of employment opportunities for parents.

It was elaborated in partnership with the settlements, based on the premise that each local community is unique and must set its own local priorities, albeit within a framework of joint national targets.

Thanks to its democratic, participative, collaborative and comprehensive approach, the programme has proven successful and its nationwide dissemination has begun. Hungary hopes to share its experience with other Member States and to contribute to the development of guidelines for future local/micro-regional programmes for combating poverty and social exclusion, particularly of Roma children.

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Changing the Odds beyond the Borders

Adapting the Harlem Children's Zone Model in Hungary

AMERICAN-HUNGARIAN CONFERENCE
organized by the

WOODROW WILSON INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR SCHOLARS
and the
EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF HUNGARY, WASHINGTON, D.C.
June 7-8, 2010

slideshow   Agnes Kende - Redesigning Public Education: Targeting Children in Need and Reframing-Institution Operation