• 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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Human Rights Watch highlights social exclusion of Roma in EU

In its section on ‘Discrimination and Intolerance’ within the EU, the recently released 2015 World Report by Human Rights Watch warns that Roma continue to experience discrimination, social exclusion and deprivation across member states. Roma women and stateless Roma are particularly affected and continue to face significant difficulties in accessing education and other basic services. The report addresses concrete cases of anti-Roma violence and discrimination in Bosnia and Hercegovina (where Roma are described as the most vulnerable societal group), France, Hungary, Italy and Serbia. Furthermore, under the section ‘Treatment of Minorities’, the report mentions attacks on a Romani NGO and a Romani Protestant Church in Novi Sad and Bosnajce, Serbia. To read the full report, please click here.

Roma organisations criticise lack of Roma involvement in Holocaust commemoration

Following the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz on 27 January, a group of civil society organisations focusing on Roma issues released an official statement, expressing concern over the limited space for Roma involvement in the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Despite public appeals to include more Roma voices, there was no Romani speaker at the memorial ceremony in New York; in the Czech Republic, Romani victims were equally marginalised during a high-profile commemoration attended by various heads of state.

The European Roma and Travellers Forum, the ERGO network and other Roma organisations underline that the lack of Roma involvement in the Commemoration reflects continuing social exclusion of Roma, both from the present and a crucial page of Europe’s past. To read the full statement, please click here.

Roma Matrix Research project enters final phase

Roma Matrix is an initiative which explores Roma inclusion at various political levels in 10 EU member states (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain and United Kingdom), and has been running since 2013. Its driving forces are local and regional authorities, non-governmental organisations and universities, focusing on areas such as employment, anti-Gypsyism and healthcare access.

The Matrix’ research into the implementation of the National Roma Integration Strategy (NRIS) is now entering its final phase. It provides critical evaluations of the effectiveness of existing policy measures and the ways in which these are perceived by Roma. Apart from individual country assessments, a comprehensive report will be launched in the first half of 2015. To access the latest country reports and a preliminary research report which outlines general trends, please click here.   

ERGO meets with Justice Commissioner on the EU’s Roma agenda

On 22 January, the Brussels-based ERGO Network (a European network of Roma organisations operating at the grassroots) had the opportunity to meet with Vĕra Jourová, who is the current Commissioner for Justice within the European Commission. The Commissioner presented the outlines of the Roma agenda for the period 2014-2019, emphasising her commitment to further stimulate Roma integration across the EU and to improve dialogue with civil society partners in the EU’s member states.

The ERGO network raised the importance of tackling widespread anti-Gypsyism as a necessary foundation for realising positive change in the Commission’s four designated areas of focus: housing, health, education and employment. To read more about the recommendations made by the ERGO network, please click here.

Call for Applications: empowering Roma Women

The European Roma Travellers Forum (ERTF), the international Roma Women’s Network (IRWN) and Phenjalipe have recently launched a joint project called “Making Roma Women’s Voices and Votes Count”. It is specifically aimed at stimulating the social and political inclusion of Roma women, who remain one of the most marginalized groups in Europe.

The project focuses on five countries: the Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Romania and Sweden. In each of these countries, up to five Roma women will be recruited from the Roma community to act as ‘National Roma Women Contact Points’. They will receive training on political advocacy and ways of empowering their communities.

Applicants should have, amongst others, a good working level in English and relevant experience in the field of political advocacy and/or community development. The application deadline is 9 February 2015. Please note that the position itself is not renumerated; however, travel expenses will be covered by the project.

For more information on the aims of the project and eligibility criteria, please click here.

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