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Autonómia Foundation

Kiútprogram - Badur Foundation
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Kiútprogram

BAGázs Association - Badur Foundation
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BAGázs Association

Civil Support - Badur Foundation
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Civil Support

SIMPACT - Badur Foundation
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SIMPACT

Parforum - Badur Foundation
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Parforum

Cigány asszonyoktól ugrik össze a gyomrunk - Badur Foundation
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Cigány asszonyoktól ugrik össze a gyomrunk

DRÁMAI HELYZETEK, TÁRSADALMI JELENTÉS - Badur Foundation
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DRÁMAI HELYZETEK, TÁRSADALMI JELENTÉS

A Female Psychodrama as Kitchen Sink Drama: Long Live Regina! in Budapest - Badur Foundation
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A Female Psychodrama as Kitchen Sink Drama: Long Live Regina! in Budapest

Roma hősök – köztünk is - Badur Foundation
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Roma hősök – köztünk is

REGINA - Badur Foundation
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REGINA Social Intervention Through Documentary Theatre

The Long live Regina! performance vividly and dramatically articulates Roma mothers’ struggles to raise their children in an apathetic, and often hostile institutional context. The Foundation supports Parforum’s initiative to create a complex intervention based on their documentary theatre performance. Involved will be on one hand Roma women of rural communities, and on the other Budapest’s most highly renowned independent theatre’s audience - not only as spectators but also as participants of digital storytelling and socio-drama workshops. The aim of the project is to tackle Roma women’s vulnerability through reinforcing their identity and by making their struggles understood by broader society.

Parforum specialises in art-based educational programs, social interventions aimed at community development and participatory action research. They focus on the empowerment of both young and adult Roma people and the sensitization of the broader society. Parforum always carries out its projects in cooperation with organisations and individuals specialising in art, art pedagogy or art therapy, and with locally embedded institutions such as schools and NGOs. Their work contributes to a more egalitarian, solidarity-based, inclusive society.

Their project, ‘Regina’ is based on the theatre performance, Long live Regina! developed in 2016-17 in the framework of the Selftheatre/Borsod /HeartVoices programme. Eight Roma women from Szomolya are the cast of the hour-long auto-ethnographic theatre performance, which is based on their own life stories. The play deals with issues of motherhood and the struggles Roma women face in raising their children in an apathetic, often hostile society and institutional environment.

Showcasing this production corresponds with the Foundation’s aim to influence society’s sensitivity towards, and its understanding of, the social, economic and cultural issues facing isolated communities. As such, the Foundation initially supported Parforum to present their piece at DunaPart Festival in front of a prestigious international audience. From there, the Foundation pledged support to showcase the performance two more times in Trafo, a contemporary art venue in Budapest.

In addition to these performances targeting middle class audiences, the play will be brought to three rather isolated communities - Hevesaranyos, Lucfalva and Nyíregyháza. Roma communities in these three localities will appreciate that women from a similar background can create a theatre performance and they will see ’their own life stories’ retold on the stage. The performance and the guided discussion will help the audience understand that their ’individual struggles’ are in effect collectively shared, public issues. The performances will be complemented by a digital storytelling workshop, in which local women may reflect on their own personal stories in more detail. These digital stories will be available online and could be used as an additional tool for raising awareness. In addition, the local coordinator in each village will be trained to use the digital storytelling methodology, which will also contribute to the expansion of the educational repertoire of these local organisations.

Overall, “Regina – the documentary theatre based social intervention” reacts to the extreme vulnerability of Roma women in deprived, rural communities. The isolation of these women is the most important cause and at the same time is the most important result of this vulnerability. This isolation exists and should be treated on an interpersonal, a community and a social level. The project seeks to overcome this isolation on different levels by empowering women’s personal growth reinforcing local groups, creating links between the villages, and by reducing their distance from ’mainstream society’ and privileged social groups.

Thumbnail Photo Credit: Gabriella Csoszó

Banner Photos Credit: Béla Ebner

HATCHERY PROGRAMME – 2018 - Badur Foundation
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HATCHERY PROGRAMME – 2018 GENERATING AND TESTING VIABLE SOCIAL ENTERPRISE IDEAS

KELTETŐ PROGRAM – 2018

I. Felhívás Szervezeteknek, Csapatoknak

II. Felhívás Önkéntes mentoroknak

A részletekért kérjük, görgessen lejjebb.

I. FELHÍVÁS SZERVEZETEKNEK, CSAPATOKNAK

A program célja: A Keltető program társadalmi vállalkozás ötletek generálásához, teszteléséhez nyújt segítséget olyan szervezetek vagy informális csapatok számára, akik hátrányos helyzetű, szegénységben/mélyszegénységben élő közösségekkel dolgoznak. A Badur Alapítvány annak érdekében indította el programot, hogy piaci alapon működő és fenntartható társadalmi vállalkozási ötletek szülessenek, melyek – hosszú távon- a hátrányos helyzetű közösség(ek) életminőségét javítják.

Pályázati feltételek: A programba olyan non-profit szervezetek vagy informális csapatok jelentkezését várjuk, akik:

  • Hátrányos helyzetű, szegénységben/mélyszegénységben élő közösségeket segítenek.
  • Szeretnének társadalmi vállalkozást indítani.
  • Nincs üzleti ötletük, vagy sok ötletük van, de nem érzik elég erősnek azokat vagy nem tudják melyiket válasszák.

A programba legfeljebb 6 sikeresen pályázó szervezet nyerhet felvételt. A pályázati határidő: 2018.04.20.

Program felépítése és kimenete: A Keltető program szakmai partnere a SIMPACT. A program 4x1 nap workshopot és szakmai mentorálást foglal magába.

A program zárultával a Badur Alapítvány a legígéretesebb vállalkozási ötletek esetében a szervezet /csapat igényeire személyre szabottan:

  • Az ötlet teszteléséhez pénzügyi támogatást nyújt, vagy
  • További szakmai támogatást, mentorálást nyújt, vagy
  • Szakmai tanulmányutat finanszíroz, vagy
  • Meghívja a csapatot az Ugródeszka 2019 programba, melynek segítségével elkészíthetik a vállalkozás komplett üzleti tervét, vagy
  • A vállalkozás beindításához induló tőkét biztosít.

Letölthető dokumentumok:

Kapcsolattartó: Koppány Judit, judit.koppany@badurfoundation.org +36 1 487 8036.

II. FELHÍVÁS MENTOROKNAK

A Keltető programban résztvevő csapatok üzleti ötleteik fejlesztéséhez csoportos workshopok mellett egyéni mentorációban is részesülnek majd. Ehhez olyan önkéntes mentorok jelentkezését várjuk, akik:

  • Rendelkeznek min. 3 év kis vagy középvállalkozói vagy ilyen vállalkozásokat segítő tapasztalattal.
  • Szívesen átadnák vállalkozói tapasztalataik, tudásuk másoknak is.·
  • Nyitottak együtt dolgozni társadalmi célú szervezetekkel/ mélyszegénységben élő közösségekkel.
  • Módjukban áll legalább 6 hónapon át havonta 2-3-szor konzultálni a mentorált szervezettel (emailen/telefonon/személyesen).


A jelentkezési határidőt meghosszabítottuk MÁJUS 14-ig.

Letölthető dokumentumok:


Kapcsolattartó mentori jelentkezésekkel kapcsolatban: krisztina.tolvaj@simpact.hu

English summary:

The Hatchery programme supports organisations, informal teams working in impoverished communities so that they can come up with viable and sustainable social enterprise ideas. The programme offers professional workshops focusing on idea generation and validation in addition to individual mentoring. At the end of the programme, selected organisations may receive an award tailored to their neeeds. The award may consist of further professional help to detail their plan, financial support to pilot or start their enterprise, an opportunity to visit a similar (social) enterprise in Europe and/or an invitation to Badur Foundation’s Springboard Programme. The programme is realised in cooperation with SIMPACT.

Photo credit:

  • Banner: Kevin Dooley, Creative commons
  • Thumbnail: Simon Bleasdale, Creative commons
Social Enterprise - Badur Foundation
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Social Enterprise Retail Shop Specialised in Local Art Work and Buddhist Objects

Recognising that employment and economic opportunity are central to improving the livelihood of local communities, the Buddhist Heritage Project has initiated a social enterprise in the form of a retail shop in the heart of Luang Prabang with the financial and strategic support of the Foundation.

The shop’s social impact is complex and multi-fold. Firstly, specialising in quality art work and Buddhist objects it provides a vital outlet for local artists and artisans and as such improves their livelihood. In a similar vein, the shop will ensure that the art work produced by - the soon to be opened - Vocational School of Arts will have an outlet for sales. Second, the shop represents much needed employment opportunity to several local youngsters. Last but not least, all profits generated will go to support the schools at the Buddhist Academy.

By naming the shop Celadon, the project pays homage to an art form that has been lost in Luang Prabang, that of the creation of high glazed ceramics. Hopefully the establishment of the Buddhist Vocational School of Arts will provide an opportunity to revive this ancient tradition among fine art and artisan skills.

The shop was opened in January 2017, and its initial year of operation already proved to be a success both in terms of the social and financial impact. By sourcing the products sold, the shortage of artisan skills became even more apparent, which lends additional weight to the validity of the vision of creating the Vocational School of Arts. The Buddhist Heritage Project envisions the retail shop as the first step leading to an all-encompassing project, ultimately including a shop, studio and workshop spaces. Graduates from the Arts School will find employment and an outlet for their works and as the social enterprise grows so too will the economic benefit to students, former students, their families and the community at large.

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Springboard Programme -2018 Incubating social enterprises

In January 2018, Badur Foundation re-launched its Social Enterprise Competition to identify and develop social enterprises that improve the employment chances and livelihood of people in deep poverty. The competition provides organisations or teams working in highly disadvantaged communities with vital professional and financial support for starting a new social enterprise. Badur's professional partner is NESsT Hungary.

The Call for Application was launched in 2018 January February and close to twenty applications were received. After the thorough assessment of the applications, Badur selected five organisations and commissioned NESsT to provide 5-month training and one-on-one mentoring to elaborate their business plans.

The selected organisations and teams are the following:

After the final pitch in September 2018, Badur Foundation will award selected organisations with financial support to start their venture. The available funding is 10,000,000 HUF. Additionally, the selected organisations may receive further capacity building tailored to their needs.

Join us - Badur Foundation
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Join us

Coordinator under hire. - Badur Foundation
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Coordinator under hire.

Roma Heroes - I. International Roma Storytelling Festival - Badur Foundation
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Roma Heroes - I. International Roma Storytelling Festival

Drámai roma sorsok a Stúdió K színpadán - Badur Foundation
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Drámai roma sorsok a Stúdió K színpadán

Angry Buddha documentary - Badur Foundation
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Angry Buddha documentary

Logikai foglalkozások a Zagyva-parton, ahol se internet, se önbizalom - Badur Foundation
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Logikai foglalkozások a Zagyva-parton, ahol se internet, se önbizalom

Let’s Help Each Other Association participates in the International Video Pitch Competiton - Badur Foundation
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Let’s Help Each Other Association participates in the International Video Pitch Competiton

Social Enterprise Workshop in Budapest - Badur Foundation
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Social Enterprise Workshop in Budapest

Addressing Extreme Poverty in Hungary – How the Development Sector is working - Badur Foundation
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Addressing Extreme Poverty in Hungary – How the Development Sector is working

Roma Heroes - Badur Foundation
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Roma Heroes Empowerment and Raising Awareness Through Contemporary Drama

Drama and storytelling are extraordinary and influential tools for shaping attitudes and inspiring action. Badur Foundation is therefore proud to support the Independent Theatre company’s newest educational programme which is based on contemporary Roma plays - a debut concept in Hungary. By profiling value-led, active and successful Roma protagonists, Independent Theatre hopes to both empower Roma communities and challenge the majority’s stereotypical image of the Roma community.

Contemporary Roma playwrights are not widely known, despite their artistic excellence and the topical messages they aim to spread. Independent Theatre’s newest educational programme is based on four modern Roma plays, each of which portrays profound human struggles.The work of Mihaela Dragan, Alina Serban, Richard O’Neill and Dijana Pavlovic feature strong Roma heroines who challenge the status quo. One rebels against family traditions; another excels in her studies despite personal hardship, the third rebels to achieve structural change and the fourth challenges the state authorities. These are powerful life stories which serve as an example to all, particularly to young Roma.

All of the plays were performed at Hungary’s ground-breaking Roma Storytelling Festival in 2017, which attracted an audience of 370 and reached over a million people through its media coverage. The below video clips provide a glimpse of the inspirational and thought-provoking performances:

These stories were the basis of the innovative educational material and a workshop series that Independent Theatre brought to over 200 young people in order to encourage active citizenship. Nine organisations hosted the workshops the majority of which specialised in teaching and mentoring Roma university students:

  1. Greek Catholic Gipsy College, Miskolc
  2. RefoRom, Reformed Gipsy College Budapest,
  3. Romaversitas Foundation, Budapest,
  4. Pressley Ridge Foundation, Salgótarján,
  5. Wlislocki Henrik College, Pécs,
  6. Dr. Ámbédkar School, Miskolc,
  7. Lutheran Roma College, Nyíregyháza,
  8. Informal youth group, Hajdúhadháza
  9. ELTE Department of Media and Communication, Roma Visual Laboratory

Through cooperative and engaging workshops, young Roma (and non-Roma) people had the opportunity to consider how these stories relate to their own lives and as well as to consider the everyday heroes in their own communities. Young people were also encouraged to use creative artwork to demonstrate these personal stories. These were shared on the Roma Heroes Blog and reached a much wider audience. In this respect, the project also helped to open a dialogue with wider society and challenged entrenched stereotypes of the Roma community.

Selected young people were also invited to a five day ’workshop marathon’ in December 2018. Over these five days they had the opportunity to explore the Roma Hero narrative in further detail. The workshop marathon’s success was proven when these young people volunteered to be Ambassadors for the programme and hold further activities in their own communities. The first activity has already taken place at the Avas settlement in Miskolc and was a success.

A further positive development was the addition of the methodology to the formal university curriculum. The workshop was hosted by the Department of Media and Communication at Eötvös Lóránd University. Furthermore, Professor András Müllner spent a term teaching his course ‘Case Studies on Communication’ which discussed the four plays, their background and the media communication from the festival.

Not only do all of these experiences prove that that the works of Roma playwrights have a place in theatres, but that they also have a place in education, be it in the formal or the non-formal sector. Thus the Independent Theatre strives to share the methodology with educators, trainers and other professionals - they compiled comprehensive educational material and published it online. Those interested may request additional information at szinhaz@fuggetlenszinhaz.hu.

Strengthening the impact of the first Roma Heroes project, the second Roma Heroes festival will take place in May 2018 to ensure even more visibility for the values of Roma dramas and heroes. The eight new plays to be performed at the second festival will be translated, recorded and added as further educational material. Using this enriched collection, IT will offer further workshops reaching 200 Roma secondary schools and university students in Roma Colleges. In addition, three university seminars will be organised at the leading Hungarian universities, incorporating Roma dramas into the mainstream university curriculum to initiate a structural and sustainable change at academic level. Beyond the work to raise awareness in Hungary, the team is committed to finding partnerships and cooperation further afield. This would allow them to involve Roma and non-Roma youths in other regions – preferably, but not exclusively, in the home countries of the playwrights to feature at the Festival for a greater impact.

* Gipsy is used as a direct translation for cigány in Hungarian.

The European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) - Badur Foundation
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The European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA)

2016 Annual Report & Financial Statements - Badur Foundation
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2016 Annual Report & Financial Statements

Theravada Vision - Preserving historic photographs from the Buddhist community in Luang Prabang - Badur Foundation
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Theravada Vision - Preserving historic photographs from the Buddhist community in Luang Prabang

Empower Malawi solar fishing light technology and rental business - Badur Foundation
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Empower Malawi solar fishing light technology and rental business

Springboard Programme - 2017 - Badur Foundation
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Springboard Programme - 2017 Incubating social enterprises

In February 2017, Badur Foundation re-launched its Social Enterprise Competition in cooperation with NESsT to identify and  develop social enterprises that improve the employment chances and livelihood of people in deep poverty. The competition provides organisations or teams working in highly disadvantaged communities with vital professional and financial support for starting a new social enterprise. 

Background

The Call for Application was launched in 2017 February and close to twenty applications were received. After the thorough assessment of the applications, Badur selected six organisations and commissioned NESsT to provide a 5-month training and one-on-one mentoring to elaborate their business plans.

The selected organisations and teams were the following:

- Bagázs Association, Bag

- Fényhozók programme, Baks

- Kiút programme, Szabolcs-Szatmár County

- “Lehetőség a Családoknak 2005” Foundation, Mosonmagyaróvár

- NMCKKSzSz, Bátonyterenye

- Romama Social Cooperative, Lak

In November 2017, the final business plans were presented in front of the Evaluation Committee.

Awardees

Based on the pitches received, the Board of Trustees selected Bagázs Association as the winner of the Springboard 2017 programme. Throughout 2018, Bagázs will receive incubation support in order to launch their mobile charity shop. The mobile shop will provide access to quality clothing at a very affordable price for underprivileged communities in Pest County, in addition to creating employment opportunities for two salespersons. In the long run, the mobile shop will be complemented by a charity shop in Budapest which will not only further enhance the shop’s social impact but will also strengthen the financial vitality of the two complementary business initiatives. As part of the incubation support, Bagazs will develop a business plan for the charity shop in Budapest and will have the opportunity to present it to the Trustees.

The Trustees also awarded further incubation help to Kiút so that they can implement their business initiative. Kiút’s business intends to bridge the gap between firms experiencing labour shortages and long term unemployed persons. The social enterprise is expected to help place 100 persons annually on the formal labour market.

Last, but not least, NMCKKSzSz was awarded additional mentoring to fine-tune their business plan of a family-friendly café, in order to strengthen their project’s sustainability.

Cseriti - Badur Foundation
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Cseriti Expanding Hungary’s first charity shop network

Charity shops couple an important social impact with significant environmental benefits. By selling good quality, second-hand items at low prices, they make shopping affordable for people in need while reusing and saving tons of goods from landfill. Badur Foundation in cooperation with PBG FMC and Impact Accelerator is proud to support the acceleration of Cseriti, Hungary’s first charity shop network that plans to expand its chain across Budapest and beyond.

The first charity shop in the UK was opened in 1899, and by now there are around 10,500 operating shops across the UK and Ireland. The concept is not only widely used in the UK, but charity shops are also widespread in other European countries. The conceptual and business models of these initiatives show remarkable national patterns. In the UK model, shops are usually operated by a not-for-profit organisation and run by volunteers. The low operating costs then enable the parent charity to use the profits to sponsor its primary purpose-led activities. In the German model, shops tend to employ individuals, who otherwise would not find a job on the primary labour market. Thus, the revenue is primarily used for expansion so that the charity shop network can create further employment opportunities and multiple its social impact. Notwithstanding both models have common additional benefits such as reusing second-hand items and saving them from the landfill.

Cseriti set up its first shop in 2011 in Budapest and, ever since, newer and newer sites have been opened. The network currently operates 7 shops with 14 employees and the opening of the 8th location is on its way. Cseriti follows the German model and has a threefold impact: Cseriti makes shopping affordable for those in need, creates environmental benefits through reuse, and offers employment opportunities for the unemployed.

The management of Cseriti has an ambitious plan for the future of its operations. On the short term, they would first like to expand the chain across Budapest, potentially followed by a country-wide expansion on the long run. In order to prepare for this process of expansion, Cseriti takes part in the Impact Accelerator programme run by Civil Support. Badur Foundation in cooperation with PBG FMC has committed to contribute to the financial costs of the acceleration in addition to offering their strategic input. The ultimate aim is to help the enterprise become investment-ready so that they can scale up their operations and social impact.

Az egyedüli haszon, amelyből élnek, az a közjó - Badur Foundation
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Az egyedüli haszon, amelyből élnek, az a közjó

Tiszta, használható és olcsó – Adományboltok Magyarországon - Badur Foundation
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Tiszta, használható és olcsó – Adományboltok Magyarországon

Az üzlet nem jótékonysági intézmény – de van, amelyik igen - Badur Foundation
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Az üzlet nem jótékonysági intézmény – de van, amelyik igen

Hajcsattól a szekrénysorig – az intelligens lomtalanítással mindenki jól jár - Badur Foundation
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Hajcsattól a szekrénysorig – az intelligens lomtalanítással mindenki jól jár

Feleslegessé vált holmijainkért házhoz jön egy doboz – Cseriti Box - Badur Foundation
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Feleslegessé vált holmijainkért házhoz jön egy doboz – Cseriti Box

Selected Sustainable Development Goals in Laos - Badur Foundation
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Selected Sustainable Development Goals in Laos

Education Policy and Data Center - Badur Foundation
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Education Policy and Data Center

Mire jó a tanoda? - Badur Foundation
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Mire jó a tanoda?

How Can Young Roma Achieve Success in Hungary? - Badur Foundation
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How Can Young Roma Achieve Success in Hungary?

Review of Vocational Education – The Wolf Report - Badur Foundation
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Review of Vocational Education – The Wolf Report

Family Background and access to ‘high status’ universities - Badur Foundation
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Family Background and access to ‘high status’ universities

Inspiring Policy: Graduate Outcomes and Social Mobility - Badur Foundation
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Inspiring Policy: Graduate Outcomes and Social Mobility

The Social Enterprise Ecosystem in Hungary - Badur Foundation
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The Social Enterprise Ecosystem in Hungary

Social Enterprise and Social Investment - An Overview - Badur Foundation
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Social Enterprise and Social Investment - An Overview

The State of Social Enterprise Report 2015 - Badur Foundation
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The State of Social Enterprise Report 2015

Water purification in Luang Prabang - Badur Foundation
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Water purification in Luang Prabang

British Library’s Endangered Archives Programme - Badur Foundation
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British Library’s Endangered Archives Programme

ANANTHA Publishing - Badur Foundation
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ANANTHA Publishing

The English Indices of Deprivation 2015 - Badur Foundation
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The English Indices of Deprivation 2015

Europe 2020 indicators - poverty and social exclusion - Badur Foundation
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Europe 2020 indicators - poverty and social exclusion

Biomass Briquettes: Turning Waste Into Energy - Badur Foundation
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Biomass Briquettes: Turning Waste Into Energy

The time of the Gypsies - Badur Foundation
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The time of the Gypsies

Patterns of Exclusion. Constructing Gypsy Ethnicity - Badur Foundation
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Patterns of Exclusion. Constructing Gypsy Ethnicity

A Magyarországi cigányság - Badur Foundation
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A Magyarországi cigányság

Gypsy Menace. Populism and the New Anti-Gypsy Politics - Badur Foundation
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Gypsy Menace. Populism and the New Anti-Gypsy Politics

Ki a cigány? - Badur Foundation
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Ki a cigány?

A relatív cigány a klasszifikációs küzdőtéren - Badur Foundation
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A relatív cigány a klasszifikációs küzdőtéren

“I always felt the Odd One Out”: Work-life balance among graduate Romani women in Hungary - Badur Foundation
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“I always felt the Odd One Out”: Work-life balance among graduate Romani women in Hungary

“It is better to be a Gypsy in Canada than being a Hungarian in Hungary” - Badur Foundation
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“It is better to be a Gypsy in Canada than being a Hungarian in Hungary”

Student scheme turns trash into treasure - for good causes - Badur Foundation
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Student scheme turns trash into treasure - for good causes

Nottingham Students win national social enterprise competition - Badur Foundation
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Nottingham Students win national social enterprise competition

Enactus Nottingham Crowned Enactus UK National Champion 2016 - Badur Foundation
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Enactus Nottingham Crowned Enactus UK National Champion 2016

Request a Collection of Bulky Items - Badur Foundation
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Request a Collection of Bulky Items

Supporting students to keep it clean! - Badur Foundation
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Supporting students to keep it clean!

Ford Challenges University Students to be Social Entrepreneurs and Help Communities - Badur Foundation
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Ford Challenges University Students to be Social Entrepreneurs and Help Communities

Közösséget is épít a gesztenyesütés - Badur Foundation
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Közösséget is épít a gesztenyesütés

„Ki kell látnunk a gettón” – jön a Mérges Buddha - Badur Foundation
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„Ki kell látnunk a gettón” – jön a Mérges Buddha

Jason Banks: Managing Director of Re-covered - Badur Foundation
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Jason Banks: Managing Director of Re-covered

Cherie White: when an MSc is just the beginning… - Badur Foundation
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Cherie White: when an MSc is just the beginning…

Furniture at low, low prices! - Badur Foundation
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Furniture at low, low prices!

Nottingham Investing in the Sports Stars of Tomorrow - Badur Foundation
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Nottingham Investing in the Sports Stars of Tomorrow

Nottingham Potential opens its doors to the local community - Badur Foundation
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Nottingham Potential opens its doors to the local community

Hungary’s impoverished Roma fear for their children’s future - Badur Foundation
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Hungary’s impoverished Roma fear for their children’s future

Culture at a Crossroads - Badur Foundation
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Culture at a Crossroads

Szóval, rajzzal, játékkal - Badur Foundation
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Szóval, rajzzal, játékkal

Should I stay or should I go? - Badur Foundation
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Should I stay or should I go?

Exotic adventures with Green Talk: Laos Solar Water Purification System - Badur Foundation
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Exotic adventures with Green Talk: Laos Solar Water Purification System

Luang Prabang Temple Renovation - Badur Foundation
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Luang Prabang Temple Renovation

Uni prospects are boosted for thousands of poorer kids - Badur Foundation
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Uni prospects are boosted for thousands of poorer kids

Buddhist Traditions and Tak Bat in Luang Prabang - Badur Foundation
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Buddhist Traditions and Tak Bat in Luang Prabang

Opening a Workwear Factory - Badur Foundation
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Opening a Workwear Factory Harnessing the talent of the local community

Having successfully participated in the inaugural Springboard Programme, Badur Foundation awarded professional support to Let’s Help Each Other Association. The Association plans to open a workwear factory in the settlement of Pécs-Somogy in one of the most disadvantaged areas of Pécs city.

The educational and employment indicators of Pécs-Somogy fall behind the city average: the unemployment rate is above 50% and 38% of the local inhabitants only finished primary school. The housing conditions are also significantly poorer in this settlement. Let’s Help Each Other Association has been present in the neighbourhood since 2003 and was successful in creating several clubs that have provided meaningful past time engagement for the local community such as as community gardening, cooking and sewing.

The professionalism of the participants in the sewing club was instrumental in inspiring the Association to look for business ideas that could lead to long-term and stable employment opportunities. Through the 2016 Springboard Programme, the Association received valuable professional support from NESsT to set out the business plan for a workwear factory in Pécs-Somogy.

To detail the business plan and assist with fundraising, Badur Foundation awarded another year of professional guidance in cooperation with NESsT in 2016-2017. Due to the size of the project, the start up costs need to be financed from external sources such as a public grant. The materials created will be used to apply for such grants.

Chestnut Processing in Pécsbánya - Badur Foundation
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Chestnut Processing in Pécsbánya Creating employment opportunities in Pécsbánya settlement

Once characterised by a prosperous miner community, Pécsbánya has been caught in a downward spiral for the past 25 years. The closure of the coal mines reorganized the social landscape of the neighbourhood. To find a solution to one of the most pressing local problems, unemployment, Pécsbányatelep Cultural Association proposed to make use of the chestnut fields surrounding the local cultural centre.

Currently, the local community is divided into three distinct groups: ageing miners, Roma families affected by deep poverty and newly arrived settlers, many of which are highly educated. To redefine the neighbourhood’s identity and bring it back to prosperity, Pécsbányatelep Cultural Association was created in 2011. The Association has been active in several fields: they have organised cultural events, engaged in community work, and offered skills training to the local inhabitants.

As one of the winners of the 2016 Springboard Programme, the Association was awarded funding by Badur to install two roasted chestnut stalls in Pécs. The raw chestnuts are partially sourced from the fields surrounding the local cultural centre, which has a two-fold benefit. First, it provides raw material at a competitive price for the venture, and second, several local families can be given the opportunity to earn significant supplementary income from picking the chestnuts. The inauguration of the roasted chestnut stalls was organised on October 8, 2016 within the framework of the local Chestnut Festival, and the enterprise closed its first year of operation with success. They reached break-even and it provided much needed work opportunities for five local community members, who managed the preparation and selling of chestnuts. In 2017, the enterprise started its second season of operation at the re-launched Chestnut Festival. This year, Badur provided a bridging loan to the Cooperative so that they could finance the cash flow gaps of the operation. The team also tested new sales venues in the city: for instance, one of the stalls was relocated next to the university. The season ended with the Christmas market, which proved to be vital for the success of the enterprise.

Read more about the development of this initiative on the Chestnut project’s website.

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