Creation of an inter-regional civil society hub for social inclusion in the Carpathian region


The most underdeveloped bordering rural areas of Hungary, Slovakia, Poland and Ukraine have similar characteristics (distance from capital, poor infrastructure, diverse ethnic and cultural heritage, natural resources and similar history) and at the same time face very similar challenges, such as increasing poverty, social exclusion, marginalization and stigmatization of the poor. Civil society is still weak, and civil organizations lack numerous assets (funding, strategic thinking, information, tools, support for (self) development, local embeddedness, and cooperation within the civil sector and with other sectors) required for the effective interventions to alleviate poverty and marginalization of those who are the most in need.

Project objective

To set up an inter-regional civil society hub of the rural organizations that work for the most marginalized communities (Roma, people with disabilities, other vulnerable or socially excluded groups) in order to strengthen their collaboration and effectiveness. It’s aimed to improve the influence and weight of civil sector by capacity development by creating a platform for networking, exchange of experience, knowledge and best practices.

Timeframe: 26 March 2018 – 25 September, 2019 (18 months)

Main activities

  • Kick Off Meeting
  • Invitation of Participants
  • Local workshops to establish local hublets
  • Inter-regional workshop
  • Local workshops to involve CSOs
  • Mentoring and development of mini projects
  • Capacity building trainings
  • Closing conference
  • Final evaluation and closing meeting
  • Virtual HUB
  • Media coverage and communication activities

Project Partners

Carpathian Foundation-Hungary

ETP Slovakia

Carpathian Foundation Ukraine

European Cooperation Centre (Poland)

More information

Please contact Boglárka Bata (Executive Director, Carpathian Foundation-Hungary) at or +36-36-516-750


The project is supported by the International Visegrad Fund (, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (, the Robert Bosch Foundation, and by a grant from the Foundation Open Society Institute in cooperation with the OSIFE of the Open Society Foundations.