Municipality of Cserdi - a paragon village

Cserdi, Hungary


Cserdi, a small settlement near Pécs, formerly was a “criminal hotspot” characterised by high unemployment. In 2006, László Bogdán, a Rom, took charge of his ancestral village as mayor. Always in for juicy headlines, he likes to be provocative. But not as an end in itself: it is rather that he wants to change people's attitudes. He has taken active measures to fight crime and unemployment. Do-it-yourself is his central motto, and – in spite of all difficulties – success proves him right. For the first time ever, many Roma have any prospects at all. Cserdi has become a model project, where racism and anti-ziganism, in particular, are not given any chance at all.