NGO Strategies for Hungarian and Roma Minorities in Central Europe

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NGOs sponsor a variety of innovative projects relating to the Hungarian and Roma minorities in Romania, Slovakia, and Ukraine, as well as for the Roma in Hungary. However, a study of 33 NGOs in this region reveals that the strategies behind these projects tend to vary according to the particular group being addressed. NGO projects emphasizing Hungarian minorities tend to utilize network strategies to increase contact between Hungarians and titulars (Romanians, Slovaks, and Ukrainians), while projects for Roma tend to avoid network strategies, focusing exclusively on status-raising strategies. This paper presents the promises and shortcomings of both approaches, and concludes with an analysis addressing why NGOs should be less hesitant to apply network strategies to Roma projects as well as to Hungarian projects.

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Stroschein, S. NGO Strategies for Hungarian and Roma Minorities in Central Europe. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations 13, 1–26 (2002). https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1014793712223

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  • NGOs
  • Hungarians
  • Roma
  • Gypsies
  • networks
  • human rights
  • advocacy