Esélykör – Circle of Opportunity
Esélykör (Circle of Opportunity) is a voluntary cooperation founded in 2016 by eight NGOs operating on the field of disability-care in the county city, Székesfehérvár. The goal of Esélykör is to coordinate and synchronise the operation of the different NGOs to enable effective collaboration with the local government and enterprises.
In addition to NGOs specialising in disability issues, there are two further organizations involved in developing and mentoring the NGOs of the circle. Of these, the activity of the Civil Centre Public Benefit Foundation (CiCe) is particularly emphasized as a think tank and coordinator. Thus, a total of ten organizations form Esélykör.
Esélykör is open and further NGOs can decide to affiliate. Until 2019, no new members joined the network, but this year the number of network members increased significantly: 15 new members joined the circle. The network thus includes not only member organizations but also the local government. Members of the network reach out to thousands of citizens with disabilities through their membership.
The foundation of Esélykör was necessary in order to remove impediments from the way of effective and efficient implementation of disability issues; the local government had difficulty negotiating with the several non-governmental organizations who run overlapping activities and did not want to address their common interests. It creates a single interconnected communication channel, involving civic organizations and local governments, which is reduces transaction costs of cooperation.
Stakeholders & Beneficiaries
- Sensitizing society to the problems of their disabled peers.
- Providing services to citizens with disabilities in Székesfehérvár.
- Contributing to the employment opportunities of the disabled people in Székesfehérvár through organizing joint programs and operating information channels.
- The members of the network work together to promote their interests through Esélykör.