• Our work

    Eurodiaconia links diaconal actors to examine social needs, develop ideas and influence policies impacting Poverty and Social Exclusion, Social and Health Care Services and the Future of Social Europe.

    Eurodiaconia also provides a platform for transnational networking and best practice sharing.  


  • Our vision

    As the leading network for diaconal work in Europe, we look to develop dialogue and partnership between members and influence and engage with the wider society.  We do this to enable inclusion, care and empowerment of the most vulnerable and excluded and ensure dignity for all.


  • Our goals

    We aim to see a positive social change in Europe through:

    Praxis, enabling membership engagement and partnerships

    Advocacy, creating a network of competence to impact policies at European and national level

    Identity and values, supporting the development of approaches and thinking on Diaconia in Europe today


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Save the date! Research and Practice Working Group Meeting 17-18 March 2015

27 November 2014

At this year's ReDi conference in Stockholm, we started a discussion with diaconal organisations/research institutions/researchers on how to link research and practice in Diaconia with the aim to promote an equal dialogue between researchers, practitioners and service users.

As a follow-up we are launching a working group on research and practice in Diaconia. This initiative responds to a number of needs we identified in our network, some of which are (this list is not exhaustive):

- We would like to better assess the needs of service users and their communities.

- We would like to evaluate the effectiveness of social services in order to make sure we are providing the best possible solutions.

- We would like to have a strong evidence base for advocacy activities that build the basis for our arguments in policy dialogues.

In order to discuss the scope of the working group, its main focus and ways of cooperation and partnership in the area of research and practice more concretely, we are organising a 2-day working group meeting on 17-18 March 2015. This event is hosted by the University of Heidelberg in Germany and is open to practitioners, researchers as well as research institutions with a focus on Diaconia and members of Eurodiaconia.

The agenda for the meeting will be available soon. In case of any questions or comments, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Register now for training on free movement and social rights for mobile EU citizens

13 November 2014

Eurodiaconia and CCME are holding a training seminar for members on “Free movement and social rights for mobile EU citizens” on 20-21st January 2015, in Brussels, Belgium. This meeting will focus on deepening members’ understanding the legal framework of free movement in the EU and the social rights EU mobile citizens. The event is aimed at those members working with EU mobile citizens in diaconal social and health services or in the field of advocacy.

Please find attached:


Eurodiaconia AGM 2014

The Eurodiaconia Annual General Meeting was held from the 11-13 June 2014 in Prague, hosted by Czech Republic member DEECB (Diaconia of the Evangelical Church of the Czech Bretheren). A report will be available soon. 

Presentations and other material from the workshops can be found below:

1. Welcome Presentation from ECCB

2. Business Meeting Presentation (including welcome from Slezska Diakonie, Eurodiaconia Highlights from 2013, and financial.budget reports)

3. Partnership Principle and Development Presentation 

4. Presentation Update from Ecumenical Humanitarian Organization on Serbian Floods 

5. Morning Devotion from Thursday June 12th 

Workshop Presentations 

Workshop 1: Transferring our Christian Faith into Common Values (Presentation available soon)

Workshop 2: Europe 2020: How has the European Comission scored? Presentation

Workshop 3: Public Procurement- new rules, new opportuntiies? Presentation

Workshop 4: Community Diaconia and Institutional Diaconia - two sides of the same coin (Presentation Available soon) 

Workshop 5: Migration- a challenge for Europe- a challenge or opportunity for Diaconia (Presentation by FEP, Presentation of Stap Verder, and Euroodiaconia Presentation

Workshop 6: Diaconal Assets: What are our diaconal assets and how do we use them in practice? Presentation

Workshop 7: Social Enterprises for Social Inclusion (Presentation

Workshop 8: Investing in Children: Practices and Policies ( Eurodiaconia Presentation and Church of Sweden Presentation)

Workshop 9: Values based Leadership in Diaconia (Presentation by Siftung Diakoniewerk Neumunster) 

Workshop 10: Diaconia and Sustainable Solutions (Presentation and supplementing Training Manual by Helsinki Deaconess Institute) 

Workshop 11: Youth Inclusion- Practice and Policy (Presentation by Eurodiaconia and Presentation by Diaconia Valdese) 

Please find all the official documents for the 2014 AGM below. There are seven documents in total and the operational plan. In addition, there are a number of supporting documents as well as the letter of mandate. 

  1. Agenda and Programme
  2. Minutes of the 2013 Business Session
  3. Presentation of New Members
  4. Eurodiaconia Activity and Financial Report 2013
  5. Operational and Financial Plans
  6. Appointment of Auditors
  7. Eurodiaconia AGM 2014 practical and programme information
  8. Operational Plan 2014

As at previous AGM’s we ask that each voting representative of members brings with them a letter of mandate of their association confirming their right to vote at the AGM. You can find the letter of mandate here.

Supporting documents

  1. Eurodiaconia Statutes 2013
  2. Eurodiaconia Strategic Plan 2014 - 2016
  3. Eurodiaconia Internal Rules 2013
Registration for member seminar on EU funding programmes open

30 January 2014

Eurodiaconia is pleased to invite members to a training workshop on EU funding programmes, the third Eurodiaconia fundraising seminar funded by the Otto per Mille fund of the Waldensian Church in Italy. It will take place in Brussels from the 18-20th March 2014 in Eurodiaconia’s offices.

2014 sees the start of the new seven year period for the EU budget, and therefore the start of new and revised EU funding programmes, a number of which are very relevant for the work of diaconal social service providers. The meeting aims to help Eurodiaconia members to evaluate which programmes could be relevant to their organisations, to understand the main elements and aims of the programmes and to discuss what could be projects submitted under the programmes.

The meeting will see presentations by representatives of the Commission working with the different funds, followed by questions and answer sessions. Eurodiaconia members that received EU project grants under the previous funding period will share their experience in the context of the new funds. There will also be space for brainstorming potential project ideas with other members, and a discussion on how Eurodiaconia can best support project partnerships between members. More information can be found here and an updated agenda here. Spaces will be restricted per member organisation. Eurodiaconia's financial assistance and reimbursement rules can be found here.


Invitation to breakfast debate - towards a more inclusive and balanced European Semester

20 January 2014

Eurodiaconia is pleased to invite you to a breakfast debate hosted by the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament "Working towards a more inclusive and balanced European Semester: a model for civil society and trade union involvement" at the Member’s Restaurant of the Parliament on Wednesday 29th January 2014, 8.30-10.00am.

As a tool for economic policy coordination, the European Semester has been at the top of the EU agenda for four years now.  Since the Council of the European Union has agreed on the participation of stakeholders, civil society organisations  and trade unions have  sought to  actively engage in the process. With Member States gradually beginning to institutionalise  the procedures of the European Semester, it  is crucial perspectives and expectations of civil society organisations and trade unions are taken into account at national and EU level.  

The European Parliamentary Week, which brings together parliamentarians from all over the European Union to discuss economic, budgetary and social matters, takes place  from  the  20-22nd January in Brussels. We would like to draw from these discussions and therefore are pleased to invite you to participate in a Breakfast Seminar  hosted by  Jean Lambert MEP  and  Marije Cornelissen MEP, together with the  European  Confederation  of Independent Trade Unions  and Eurodiaconia.

Our aim is to call on the European Commission to provide a set of guidelines to Member States for the constructive involvement of civil society and trade unions in the European Semester.  The breakfast will provide the opportunity for representatives from the European Institutions to exchange views with civil society and trade unions on how they envisage the future of an open and inclusive European Semester. The meeting will also allow participants to give an assessment of how the European Semester is being communicated  to civil society organisations and trade unions, to underline weaknesses and to propose concrete ideas.

To register please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . If you need a badge please send your full name, date of birth, ID type, ID number, nationality and organisation by Friday 24th January. With only 30 places available for this breakfast event, registration is on a first-come basis. Please notify us of any cancellations. We look forward to welcoming you at the event.

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