• 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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Sign up to SoCareNet Conference on Diakonie in Europe

10 July 2014

The international network of Social Care organisations in Europe (SoCareNet) is organizing its 15th conference under the theme: "Diakonie in Europe - Cuias es? Ouo vadis? " (Where do you come from and where are you going?). Diaconia in Germany and other European countries faces many challenges in the coming years. Therefore, it is worth holding on for a while to look more closely where Diaconia comes from and how it may evolve in the coming years. It is a good occasion to eep yourself informed about the current political and social development and learn more about new ways, concepts and approaches of diaconal organisations from other European countries

The Conference will take place from 29th September to 1st October 2013 in Neuendettelsau, Germany, following the celebration of the 160th anniversary of the foundation Diakonie Neuendettelsau.

You can find the full program of the conference here and you can use this link here to sign up online. 

For more Information, please visit our website

Accurate terminology for undocumented migrants – #wordsmatter

1 July 2014

The Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) has recently published a pocket-size leaflet on accurate terminology when referring to undocumented migrants. The leaflet provides reasons why not to use the term ‘illegal migrant’, instead using the recognised terms ‘undocumented’ or ‘irregular’ migrant, and it includes a lexicon with translations of the latter terms in all EU languages. The publication is part of a wider campaign to end discriminating and criminalising language in reference to undocumented migrants and promote language which accurately describes undocumented migrants as rights holders. For more information on PICUM’s terminology campaign, click here.

Crossing borders: Interdiac workshop explores working with diversity

26 June 2014

Today, borders seem to be more important than ever and the movement of people within and into Europe has become an important political issue. In this context, interdiac, a partner organisation of Eurodiaconia that supports diaconia and social action in Central and Eastern Europe, organised a workshop to discuss some of these issues. Together with 22 diaconal actors from 13 countries of Central and Eastern Europe (25th – 31st May, 2014) they developed new ways of working in an increasingly diverse Europe. The workshop was held in the twin towns of Český Těšín (CZ), where interdiac is based and the cross-border town of Cieszyn (PL). You can find a summary of the workshop below.

The workshop was an experiential and participatory venture into the known and unknown differences between people - and especially between diaconal workers and ‘forgotten people in forgotten multicultural places’. The participants were chosen because of their direct involvement in the issue and the workshop began with a sharing of these diverse contexts and experiences. As one participant put it, the workshop ‘gave space and time to find how many ‘borders’ there are and how many I have ‘within my self’. Exploring these ‘borders within’ was the first step in the process!

Very soon, we realised that the diversity of the participants with their different motivations was in itself a rich source of knowledge. In working with marginalised people and communities it was found to be important to clarify each person’s identity as a worker and to recognise the difference between worker’s motivations and expectations and of those with whom we work. Participants explored the ‘borders’ that run through each of us in our own identity and in our work. Through a case study of working with Roma communities as well as field visits, the workshop members reflected on the implications of their learning personally, professionally and for their churches and organisations back home. This led directly to a reflection on our understanding of ‘service’ – which was the third major step in the process.

The implication of looking at reality with the eyes of the ‘other’ whom we serve, led to concrete ideas for changes in working places, service culture and practice. There were many surprises, for example: how many talents and resources people seen as ‘needy’ may actually have; what steps can be taken to transform practice in an empowering direction; how working with marginalised people and communities also implies a commitment to work for change in the wider society.

A full report and pictures from the workshop can be found on the interdiac web site.

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Country Specific Recommendations are insufficient to tackle social exclusion according to the Semester Alliance

26 June 2014

The Semester Alliance, a broad European coalition bringing together environmental, social and equality NGOs and trade unions, and of which Eurodiaconia is a member, releases its initial assessment of the European Commission’s proposals on Country-Specific Recommendations (CSRs) in view of the European Heads of States meeting on 26-27 June. Whilst welcoming some progress on more inclusive and sustainable CSRs, it is still seriously undermined by macroeconomic priorities focusing almost exclusively on austerity and competitiveness. The Semester Alliance also highlights the importance of increasing involvement of civil-society stakeholders, still seriously lacking in the CSR process.

This year’s Commission proposals on CSRs claim to focus on “strengthening the conditions for sustainable growth and employment in a post-crisis economy.” But they seriously fall short of addressing the poverty crisis experienced daily by 124,2 million people. This is not to say that there has not been progress in some areas with CSRs addressing housing markets, the sustainability of pension systems, and tax reform: particularly tax evasion and avoidance. But in the end most CSRs still focus on budget and fiscal consolidation, rather than public investment,” said Barbara Helfferich, Chair of the Semester Alliance and Director of the European Anti-Poverty Network.

The Semester Alliance would have expected a stronger focus on tackling unemployment and the continuing social impact on poverty and exclusion as well as key excluded target groups, particularly those prioritized in the Social Investment Package. Whilst the focus on increasing adequacy and coverage of minimum income and social protection in some countries is welcomed, a more detailed analysis shows that this is often tied to activation with punitive conditionality threatening those who do not access work, rather than integrated active inclusion.

The increase in employment CSRs focused on those furthest from the labour market is also welcomed but contrasted by the increased focus on reviewing wage-setting and indexing mechanisms to produce downward pressure in order to increase competitiveness, which will only increase in-work poverty, and undermine sustainable growth based on higher living standards.

Whilst the almost universal CSRs for youth linked to the youth guarantee is welcomed, the focus on employment and education alone is unlikely to be sufficient to tackle problems of youth exclusion from basic rights, services and participation.

The small signs of social investment are mainly targeted on education, and are undermined by parallel cost-cutting measures in essential social protection, employment services, health and long-term care.

Although more environmental/resource efficiency CSRs are proposed, it is insufficient to ensure progress.

In terms of gender equality, despite an increase of gender-related CSRs - particularly related to child-care - the CSRs fail to address the gender equality gap, particularly in relation to pay and pensions.

This European Council is another milestone on the EU’s agenda, as EU Heads of States and Prime Ministers will not only discuss the European Commission’s 2014 CSRs proposals but also the EU’s priorities for the next five years, proposed by Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, paving the way for the Mid-Term Review of the Europe 2020 Strategy. The involvement of civil-society and trade union stakeholders in the process is urgently needed to safeguard democracy and ensure progress towards a social and sustainable European Union.

You can find more information on the EU Alliance for a democratic, social and sustainable European Semester (Semester Alliance) here. To read the Semester Alliance's 2014 Proposals for Country-Specific Recommendations please use this link here

Anglican Health Network elects new chair

4 April 2014

Revd Canon Desmond Lambrechts was elected chair of the new board for the Anglican Health Network at its inaugural meeting on 28th March 2014.

Desmond has served as an ordained priest for 33 years in the province of Southern Africa, now as Provincial Canon. He has held positions on several provincial and diocesan commissions and was Director of Programmes for AnglicanAids. He regularly advises Archbishop Thabo on health policy. Desmond was appointed by the Deputy President of South Africa, Kgalema Motlanthe, as chairperson of the South African National AIDS Council and is a member of the trust board representing civil society. He also served as the deputy chairperson with the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, on the country coordinating mechanism for The Global Fund in South Africa. He is currently chair of the Board of Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and Education in South Africa.

Desmond is a lifelong fellow for the Southern Africa-United States Centre for Leadership & Public Values programme between Duke University and the Graduate School of Business, Cape Town. He is currently reading for a PhD in Practical Theology; “The assessment of care and support groups in the Diocese of False Bay”. In the Diocese of False Bay, he is currently co-chairperson for the Department of Social Development. He is a member of the Ecumenical Health Alliance in Africa and has represented the Anglican Church in Southern Africa in various workshops at CAPA. Desmond’s strategic leadership in the area of Health has strengthened the vision of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa. He is passionate about working towards the establishment of parishes as health literacy networks where communities can access services at any given time.

New AHN Board members include:
Dr. Alan Crouch, Anglican Church of Australia
Naveed Khurram, Church of Pakistan
Revd Dr. Brendan McCarthy, Church of England
Revd Daniel Nuzum, Church of Ireland
Observer - Marie Preston, Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia

The network continues to be coordinated by Revd Paul Holley in Geneva, and its programmes are directed by Lee Hogan in Houston. In response to the new board and the election of Canon Lambrechts, Revd Paul Holley said, 'We are grateful for the support of the initial board and advisory council that helped to establish AHN. With a new board comprised of provincial representatives, we look to take AHN to the next phase of development. In doing so, we are fortunate to have Desmond's experience and leadership to support us as we move ahead'.

Among his first steps as chair, Desmond is committed to inviting feedback from provincial health coordinators across the Anglican Communion. He said, ' The role of churches in promoting health and bringing healing is a key feature of their mission. Governments recognise this and in many cases are supporting partnerships. AHN provides the opportunity to share learning and to facilitate collaborative projects. I look forward to finding out more about what Anglicans are doing and to working with fellow board members to support and encourage this critical work of the Kingdom'.

Text taken from Anglican Health Network Newsletter

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