• 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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Social Platform sends letter of concern about EU's dwindling social dimension

On 11 December, the Social Platform (of which Eurodiaconia is a member) sent a letter to the president of the European Council, Mr Donald Tusk, and to heads of state and government, addressing the need to safeguard the social dimension of Europe 2020.

As a 10-year strategy for Europe’s development, the Europe 2020-programme aims to ensure “smart, sustainable and inclusive growth” – it is intended to provide a foundation for a more competitive, resource-friendly economy and to create improved conditions for employment and social inclusion.

However, following the publication of the 2015 Annual Growth Survey – one of the key annual documents shaping the implementation of Europe 2020 – and an ambitious investment plan to boost growth and employment, the members of the Social Platform are concerned that Europe’s social dimension remains a marginal issue on the EU agenda.

Against this background, Social Platform calls for a reinvigoration of Europe2020 and its headline targets, which include the aim to reduce the number of persons at risk of poverty by 20 million before 2020, and to translate its commitment to a ‘social Europe’ into effective, practical action.

To read the full text of the letter and to view the Social Platform’s concrete recommendations, please click here.

 
World Council of Churches urges solidarity for the marginalized and excluded

10 December 2014

Last month, the World Council of Churches (WCC) published a document titled, “Economy of Life: An Invitation to Theological Reflection and Action". This publication calls for the church and wider Christian community to have “deep solidarity with the marginalized” and invites “interfaith dialogue and joint action” supporting a life centered on koinonia, which is a Greek word meaning “community, communion, joint participation and sharing”.  

This document has been produced as part of the World Council of Churches’ Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace that they have carried out over the last few years. In the article, the WCC explains the duty of the church, church community, ecumenical organizations and other Christian partners around the world to support “koinonia” types of actions in their work and daily lives. Furthermore, the document invites continuous theological reflection by the Christian community on what more can be done to support and advocate for those that are marginalized and socially excluded.

To find more information and download the full article, please see this link.

 
Eurofound report emphasizes growing issues for vulnerable groups in accessing health care services

3 December 2014

Since the financial crisis, widespread austerity measures have resulted in major budget cuts in social sectors of many EU member states. The effects of these austerity measures and consequential budget cuts are highlighted by Eurofound, the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, in their recently published report titled, “Healthcare in times of crisis”.

The report emphasizes that the health care system in each Member State is different, and that these differences have been exacerbated since the financial crisis. The report highlights that in many Member States, more young men are facing issues in accessing health care because of unemployment issues. Furthermore, the report states that young families and couples are also struggling to access healthcare services at times due to increased household debt. Before the crisis, these groups typically did not struggle with access to healthcare services, but social spending cuts, and subsequent healthcare system changes, have ultimately led to problems for these two groups in healthcare access.

According to the report, those groups of people who struggled to access healthcare services before the crisis were those most vulnerable to social exclusion and include the elderly, the disabled, migrants, those with poor education, those with low incomes, and those with chronic illnesses. Eurofound reports that these groups still struggle with accessing healthcare and are sometimes denied health services completely.  

In response to these growing problems, Eurofound recommends that policy makers review the issues in their own healthcare systems and determine whether or not an entire overhaul of the system would be more effective than the small, incremental changes currently taking place.

To read the entire report, please visit this link. 

 
Interdiac launches new study programme in Social Services

In September 2015, a new international study programme will start in the Czech Republic, focusing on Diaconia and Christian Social practice. The programme is the result of a collaboration between Interdiac, the Protestant Theological Faculty of Charles University (Prague) and the Diaconia University of Applied Sciences (Helsinki). Spanning 3,5 semesters and encompassing 210 ECTS, the programme aims to familiarise students with social service and diaconal practice in Central and Eastern Europe. The programme will be taught in English and involve a combination of regular teaching sessions and practical work in diaconal organisations across the CEE region. Graduates will receive a double degree from Charles University, Prague and the Diakonia University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki. For further information on the programme, please click here. Should you have any questions, please contact Ms. Janka Adameová by email ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or phone (+420 731 401 449).

 
FEANTSA releases position paper on EU funding tackling homelessness

By now, most of the Partnership Agreements (PA) between national authorities and the European Commission have been finalised, setting out updated priorities for the use of the European Structural Investment Funds (ESIF) for the period 2014-2020. With a series of Operational Programmes (OP) already underway to guide the process of practical implementation, national governments have placed a special emphasis on social inclusion objectives. At the same time, EU member states are also drafting Operational Programmes for the use of the newly adopted Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD).

Together, these two sets of funds (ESIF and FEAD) will provide new opportunities for direct funding of programmes to prevent and address homelessness. Whereas the FEAD is more geared towards covering basic needs and rights through material goods, subcomponents of the ESIF fund focus on active inclusion of homeless persons and investment in social and health services for vulnerable groups. The funds will have an important role to play in the framework of Europe 2020, which aims to lift at least 20 million people out of poverty by 2020.

FEANTSA, the European Federation of national organisations working with the homeless, has released an overview of key trends in the use of ESIF and FEAD, as well as recommendations on the effective use of both funds for the upcoming period. To access the document, please click here.

 
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