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Capacity-building in municipalities through Norwegian-Hungarian cooperation


Project Facts

Project objective: Enhanced institutional capacity and human resources development in public institutions, local and regional authorities in the Beneficiary States
Project promoter: Hungarian National Association of Local Authorities (TÖOSZ)
Type of institution: Professional association
Project number: HU11-0005
Target group(s): Civil servants/Public administration staff,
Status: Completed
Initial project cost: € 1,408,963
Final project costs: € 1,374,706
From Norway Grants: € 1,148,648
The project is carried out in: Hungary

Project partnership(s)

What will the partnership achieve?

Summary of project results


The project implementation of the Hungarian National Association of Local Authorities (TÖOSZ) was continuous and very successful, so it managed to finish its project according to the original plan. MANORKA project aimed at developing local democracy through strengthening the experience exchange of Hungarian-Norwegian local government associations, the role of women in public life; the promotion of work-life balance; the support of the cooperation of local government and township offices through the public administrative reform; increasing the efficiency of local government interest-representation, the renewal of the system of professional dialogue between the state and the local governments. 4 main pillars in the project structure with the following content and activities: Work Package 1: contains the project management, coordination, Work Package 2: contains the evaluation Work Package 3: contains the communication Work Package 4: Equality between man and women at local level Work Package 5: Capacity building of local government associations Work Package 6: Cooperation program between district and municipal offices Work Package 7: Fighting poverty and supporting social enterprises through local government training Due to the effective management of the Project Promoter and the excellent cooperation with the DPPs the implementation has been finished on planned schedule. The results of the pre-defined project of TÖOSZ has exceeded the original targets. It developed the Norwegian-Hungarian local government relations and focused on local government cooperation. The quality of leadership greatly influences the level of local public services and community life, thus experience exchange and learning are the keys to efficient developments – in the framework of this project more than 3600 staff was trained. The project strengthened local government interest-protection through Norwegian experiences and proficiency. Official website:

Bilateral results


The development of professional exchange program (for elected women on local level from Norway and Hungary on equal opportunities and work life balance) was successfully implemented which has also resulted further bilateral relations. Study visits were also very useful for the small settlements. In the frame of another study visit there was an opportunity for very effective experience exchange between high level state representatives of Hungary and Norway. The last study visit was held in 2016, at the final stage of the project implementation. It provided excellent learning opportunities for the Hungarian stakeholders thanks to the perfect organization of the professional program by KS on the challenges of local governmental reform. In Norway, representatives of the Ministries and local governments shared their views and approaches to the reform of the systems of the local governments. As in Hungary, the same challenges will emerge, the comparison and experiences were very useful both for the governmental and the local governmental side. As an interest- representing organization, TÖOSZ gained knowledge and inputs from KS, the sister-association in Norway for its development of key strategies. The possibility of personal interactions, common events and online development of documents was the most effective tool for strengthening bilateral relations. The project promoter strongly focused on strengthening bilateral relationship at project level. They organized conferences, workshops, study tours and different trainings in order to exchange experience and learn from each other.


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