• 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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'Diaconia under Pressure': ReDi International Research Conference

25 September 2014

The fifth International Conference for Research & Study of Diaconia and Christian Social Practice took place in Stockholm, Sweden, from 17th – 20th September 2014 and was organised by the International Society for the Research and Study of Diaconia and Christian Social Practice (ReDi). The conference was entitled 'Diaconia under Pressure' and welcomed over 100 researchers from Europe and other parts of the world.

Please find a summary of the outcomes of the conference attached.





Joint letter advocating for the continuation of the European Parliament’s Social Economy Intergroup

18 September 2014

Last week, some of Eurodiaconia’s partners, including Social Economy Europe, Social Services Europe and the Social Platform, released a letter to Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), encouraging them to renew the Social Economy EP Intergroup that has been quite successful in spurring social dialogue throughout the last two decades.

The Social Economy Intergroup in the European Parliament was established in 1990 and since its creation, it has served as a platform where both MEPs and NGOs working in social services can exchange ideas, debate important topics and create new partnerships. This intergroup works as an important bridge between NGOs in this sector and EU officials, spurring consistent dialogue and discussion.

The Social Economy Intergroup was created to recognize the importance of social enterprises and service organizations in the economy and to continue this “human based approach” to economics. This ideology puts humans and the environment before business profits. The groups launching this letter hope that the Social Economy Intergroup will be renewed in this coming European term so that more mainstream businesses and overall EU principles will further fall in line with a human-based approach to economics.

To read the joint letter click here

Guide released for teachers on how to help undocumented migrants in the classroom

18 September 2014

At the beginning of September, which is the start of a new school year for students all across Europe, one of Eurodiaconia’s partners, PICUM (Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants), launched a comprehensive guide on how schools and teachers can help undocumented migrants in their classrooms. Not only does this educational document provide useful information for teachers, but it gives activities and short articles that all students (those documented and undocumented) can read and take part in, helping both students and teachers understand more about undocumented migrants.

The guide is available here and is particularly useful for those working with migrants, specifically undocumented migrants and their children.  

For more information about PICUM and the work they do, visit their website here

EAPN publishes new Explainer on poverty and inequality in the EU

17 September 2014

The European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) has published an updated Explainer on Poverty and Inequality in the EU, introducing some of the main issues around poverty in Europe today. It focuses primarily on current perspectives on the nature and extent of poverty, its causes and its links to inequality. The booklet also explains how poverty is currently understood and measured in the EU, and highlights some of the shortcomings of these approaches. 

eapn explainerAn increasing number of people are living in poverty in the EU and today 16.9% of the EU population is at risk of relative income poverty and more than 124.2 million people (24.8% of the population) are at risk of poverty and social exclusion.

On a systemic level, poverty reflects the failure in systems “for redistributing resources and opportunities in a fair and equitable manner… These lead to deep-seated inequalities”. Second, the “debate on poverty in the EU is often closely associated with ‘social exclusion’, which is used to emphasize the processes that drive people to the edge of society, limit their access to resources and opportunities and curtail their participation in normal social and cultural life”. The term ‘vulnerability’ is another common term associated with poverty. “People are in a vulnerable situation when their personal well-being is put at risk because they lack sufficient resources, are at risk of being debt, suffer poor health, experience educational disadvantage, or live in inadequate housing… However, not all people who are socially excluded or vulnerable are poor”. In this Explainer, EAPN seeks to disentangle some of the complex dimensions surrounding the notions of poverty and inequality. 

You can download the whole Explainer on the EAPN website. 



Social enterprises, definitions and the EU Policy Agenda

11 September 2014

Last week, Heather Roy was invited, as president of the Social Platform, to speak at a conference on the role social enterprises within the EU policy agenda. She highlighted the current positive dynamic on social enterprises, recognised by the EU Commission as key actors in implementing the EU 2020 strategy.

Heather Roy underlined the necessity to distinguish between social economy/social enterprises and corporate social responsibility, because they have different aims and characteristics. Social enterprises put people and the environment before profits and incorporate democratic governance into their management model. In addition, she highlighted the employment potential within the social economy.  

You can find more information on Eurodiaconia’s work on social enterprises in our policy position paper ‘social enterprises for social inclusion’. You can also consult Heather Roy’s presentation or the Social Platform’s contribution to the Informal EPSCO Council in Milan. 

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