• 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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Apply Now: Capacity Building Grant for Roma-led organisations

19 August 2015

The Roma Initiatives Office of the Open Society Foundations invites applications  from Roma-led organisations in Albania, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Spain that share the ambition of making an impact on EU and government decisions made on behalf of Roma.

It is aimed at supporting grassroots organizers who would like to establish membership-based civic associations, young Roma graduates who wish to establish formal organizations in order to engage in public life for the collective interests of Roma communities, and senior Roma advocates who recognize opportunities to develop new organizations and advocacy approaches.

The grant is open both to new Roma organisations (who may currently still be operating in an informal capacity) as well as to existing Roma NGOs with an established track record. Grants may cover a wide spectrum of activities, ranging from translation costs and fundraising trainings to strategic planning support and human resources development. 

The deadline for submitting concept papers is 5 September 2015. To find out more and to apply, please click here.


Apply Now: OSF Programme on discrimination against Roma

19 August 2015

The Open Society Human Rights Initiative invites Roma-led civil society organizations to propose rights-monitoring, advocacy, and campaigning projects to counter discrimination against Roma people in the areas of access to public services and public accommodation, access to justice and protection by law enforcement, access to identity or citizenship documents, and access to legal remedies against hate speech and hate-based violence.

Eligible organizations include those working at the national and local community levels in Albania, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, and Slovakia.

Priority will be given to Roma-led organizations with direct community connections. Local initiatives that are not yet formally established groups may also be considered, if they are connected to a legally registered organization that is willing to partner with them on the proposed project, including acting as fiscal agent. Partnerships between different Roma groups are also encouraged.

The deadline for submitting proposals is 10 September 2015. For more information and to access the complete application guidelines, please click here.

Being Roma in Europe

19 August 2015

The European Roma and Travellers Forum recently released a report called 'The life of the Roma in Europe', listing alarming cases of discrimination and hatespeech against Roma in a number of European countries, but also some positive measures being taken by governments to improve the situation. The report also contains an interesting section on 'Debunking myths', addressing common stereotypes. The report spans a two-month timeframe (June-July 2015) but provides a telling glimpse of 'being Roma in Europe'. To view the report, please click here.

ERTF launches campaign for official recognition of Roma Holocaust

28 July 2015

The year 2015 marks the 71st anniversary of the Pharrajimos, the Holocaust of the Roma during the Second World War. According to the European Roma and Traveller Forum (ERTF), its official recognition at national and international level would mark a crucial step in the fight against anti-Gypsyism which remains widespread across Europe.

To reach awareness about the Pharrajimos, and to promote related activities, the ERTF has created www.2august.ertf.org. It is intended to become a resource for educational materials and a reference point for stakeholders and supporters.

Please contact the ERTF Secretariat at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

ERIO releases fact sheet on hatespeech against Roma in media

15 July 2015

The European Roma Information Office has just released a comprehensive fact sheet, outlining cases of hatespeech against Roma where the media were employed as a dissemination tool, in different EU Member States (France, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia). It also makes recommendations to EU policy makers, national governments, (Roma) civil society organisations and the media on how to effectively address the phenomenon. To access the fact sheet, please click here.


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