HACD – Hungarian Association for Community Development

HACD was found in 1989.

Generally its aim

  • to assist and encourage communities (mainly at local level) to mobilize their members – resources in order to address problems – strengthening as well [now, one of the biggest challenges is how to develop the resistance ability against hate management/contempt policy like migrant – Soros – Brussel etc. and we are sure about only local development can change this situation efficiently.]
  • to provide partnership between communities and authorities/decision-makers
  • as an adult educational institute, we offer training program for activists, volunteers, decision-makers
  • as a nation-wide organisation, we have about 70 members and 10 organisations from the whole country
  • thanks for and based on this network we are present at different parts of social investments
    • rural regeneration: there are a lot of circumstances led to poverty and exclusion like cultural deprivation, missing of services, weakness of social capital etc. We try to work with them to find and build a sustainable strategy for living. As we did in Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén and Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg counties within TÁMOP program
    • community based economic: it’s about mobilizing the resources of local people in order to provide their needs. It’s a new concept, but it operates within the actual economic framework. Like social cooperative as a form of social enterprise in Kunbábony, Bács-Kiskun county
    • young: in order to avoid the marginalization progress, we try to mobilize their inner qualities and strengthening using some age-group specific methods. Like Komárom does.
    • urban regeneration: it takes place in housing estate area, where lack of trust among locals is a basic phenomenon and as for the public places, people usually don’t preserve their conditions thus they are erupted – accordingly we focus on taking responsibility, so we involve them to the process, planning together. For example in Miskolc (Dialóg Egyesület), Újpalota
    • elder: in an aging society, we try to help elderly people being active citizen instead of clients, since they have a lot of valuable knowledge and competence. Like in Hegyvidék – Zsuzsa can tell you about it more.
    • disabled people: we focus on social inclusion and we believe that instead of public/health care services, most of the time local community can be the main support for these people. Lucia can tell you about it more


  • on one hand, in the last year we didn’t have any ongoing projects, the main task was surviving
  • on the other hand that period gave as a chance to develop our training program, thus we have a 120-hour-long educational program for community workers. Fortunately, there are a lot of orders, so we are so excited about it
  • in connection with our foreign partnership, we are the member of EuCDN – not the active one, but one of them. And we have joint a new CEE network organised by Via Foundation in Czech Republic
  • and last, but not least there is a 50-million-forint-ammount project is fund by Hungarian government operative program. The main goal/activity is to involve experts from health care, social and adult education branches at local level in the Eastern-Hungary area and then we focus on how the whole system can be changed in a better way – in this case, better way means community-based institute transformation 🙂 The project will take 2-year-long (February 2018-January 2020), and we (as Hungarian project team) mainly work at the action area.Besides workshops with local experts and research in that area, one of the main part of it getting to know ‘good-practices’ from the whole country and from other European countries (Germany, Romania, Slovakia, Austria).

National context

  • it is the same as last year and after the result of latest election, the Government has got a right to continue it
  • the main challenge Hungarian community development has to face is how we can develop the resistance ability against hate management/political populism – we are still sure that only local development can change this situation.Edit Kovács, President


    Közösségfejlesztők Egyesülete

    HACD Hungarian Association for Community Development

    T: +36 1 2015728

    Szövetség Street 35.

    1074 Budapest,



    For further information please contact Kitti Boda, CEO

    Hungarian Association for Community Development

    phone: +36705318244