• 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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ERIO releases Roma activist handbook

The European Roma Information Office (ERIO) has published a handbook for Roma activists with guidelines on how to advocate for Roma inclusion at the local, national and European level.

As described by ERIO, the handbook ʺoffers advice to Roma activists to plan and design effective and efficient advocacy actions, making their voice heard and ensuring the advancement of the integration of Roma across Europe. It has been developed with the view that Roma community-based advocacy needs to be better promoted, especially at the level of grassroots groups, networks, and organisations with the necessary information and advocacy skills to demand that Roma community needs and priorities need to be addressed.ʺ

The handbook is available both in English and in Romanes. For further information, please contact ERIO at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

ERIO sends recommendations on Roma inclusion to Latvian Presidency

From January until June 2015, Latvia will be the President of the Council of the EU. This means that, for six months, Latvia’s ministers will chair the meetings of different Council configurations (such as the Council on Employment and Social Affairs, the Council on Agricultural Affairs, etc.) and, to a certain extent, have the opportunity to set the agenda according to their own thematic priorities.

Against this background, the European Roma Information Office (ERIO) has submitted specific recommendations on Roma Inclusion to the Latvian Presidency, to raise awareness about the importance of this topic on the European policy agenda. ERIO’s key recommendations include ensuring the active participation of Roma in society, promoting capacity-building amongst Roma civil society, improving access to Roma early childhood education, and rebalance economic and social objectives in the context of the Europe2020 strategy.

To access the full text, please click here.

RECI study analyses Roma childhood education

A new report has recently been released in the context of the RECI (Roma Early Childhood Inclusion) Studies, which are a joint initiative of the Open Society Early Childhood Program, the Roma Education Fund and UNICEF.

Focusing on Croatia, the report provides an important illustration of the fundamental importance of education to promote Roma inclusion, by giving Roma children an ‘equal start’ as they start attending primary school.

The study notes that the number of Roma children benefiting from primary education has risen since 2010; however, access to preschool education programmes remains limited, whilst continuing social exclusion and poor hygienic conditions hamper the integration into mainstream education even further. Stronger investments into the early development of Roma children should therefore constitute a top priority for the government, civil society and other stakeholders.

To read more about the findings of the RECI study and to download the full Croatia report, please click here.

Third course of the "International MA Diaconic Management"

13 February 2015

This is a call for applications for the third course of the International MA Diaconic Management, offered by the Institute for Diaconic Management, Protestant University Wuppertal-Bethel/Germany in cooperation with United Evangelical Mission. The organizing institutions have decided that in the third course "MA Diaconic Management", two seats will be reserved for students from Europe

Please clik here to downoad the programme leaflet.

2014 Report released on forced Roma evictions in France

According to a recent survey conducted by the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) and the Ligue des Droits de l’Homme (LDH), more than 13.000 Roma have been evicted from their homes in France over the course of 2014. France’s eviction policy violates international and European Union law and disregards the rights of EU mobile citizens.

Although the number of evictions of Roma has slightly decreased in comparison to 2013, it still affects a disproportional percentage of the total population of Roma living in France. France’s eviction policies, which vary quite widely across the country, do not seem to yield any sustainable solutions – on the contrary, they hamper access to basic services, impede integration efforts , and serve to further marginalise an already vulnerable societal group.    

To read the full report (in English), please click here. For more information, contact Manon Fillonneau (European Roma Rights Centre) at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Feriel Saadni (Ligue des Droits de l'Homme) at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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