• 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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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

Youth employment in Europe – a challenge for the churches?

27 March 2014

This week Eurodiaconia participated in a conference of the CALL Network (Church action on labour and life) which met this week in Brussels. The meeting began with testimonies from young people from across Europe about some of the challenges they face in finding employment, which was followed by a panel of experts who debated some of the causes and consequences of youth unemployment. Precarious work was mentioned as problem in Italy, as well as apprenticeships which often don’t lead to a job since SMEs are struggling to survive, or in the case of the UK are paid so little, people cannot live independently from their families. It was also pointed it that there are now two extremes, those who are very qualified and for whom the jobs are not there and those who are low qualified who cannot find employment. It was also stressed that migrants and people with disabilities were also vulnerable to high levels of unemployment, however often invisible in society. There is also an increasing rhetoric of blaming young people for their “failure” as well as migrants who are blamed for taking jobs. In the Czech Republic, there is a serious mismatch between needs of the labour market and the skills young people have to offer.

The second day started in the European Parliament where German member Jürgen Klute and Sari Essayah (Finland) gave interventions on youth unemployment. Mr Klute emphasises that young people don’t want to be forced to leave their country in search of employment elsewhere. Ms Essayah stressed that the youth guarantee that the Member States have to implement is only going to work if national budgets are also used to implement the schemes,  the EU budget of 6 billion Euros will not be enough alone she said.

Max Uebe from the European Commission highlighted recent EU developments in the field of youth employment; in particular the youth guarantee scheme, the framework on quality traineeships, and their work on apprenticeships.

Georgio Zecca from the European Youth Forum underlined their disappointment in the final content of the Framework on quality internships and agreed that for the youth guarantee to be successful, the national governments will have to give additional money. He called for the reform of public employment services, and a rethinking of the way public authorities and universities etc work together. He also suggested the need to “socialise” mobility, to ensure the portability of rights, and raised the question of a European unemployment benefit, and a European minimum wage/ income.

The second panel looked at existing solutions with presentations of projects of churches and church related organisations from the Protestant congregation in Roma, Kofoed’s Skole in Denmark, and “One in a Million” from the Frontier Youth Trust in the UK.

The group later exchanged on implementing youth projects, such as methodology, and financing of projects and held a world café to draw together some policy demands and future actions for the CALL Network.

CCME’s 50th anniversary gathering in Frankfurt 27-28 March 2014

27 March 2014

CCME (Churches Commission for Migrants in Europe) is holding a gathering titled "Beyond Borders since 1964" in light of the organisation's 50th anniversary from 27 - 28 March 2014 in Frankfurt. Participants from across Europe will gather at this event to recall the past, and to look at the challenges for the future work on migration.

Please find the press release here.

Adequate minimum Income Schemes for Europe?

20 March  2014

This week the European Minimum Income Network (EMIN) presented the 1st year project results of their two-year project led by the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) on how to ensure adequate minimum income schemes in all EU Member States. The event was held in the European Parliament organised by MEPs, Frédéric Daerden and Pervenche Berès from the Socialists and Democrats Group.
Ms Berès, who is also chair of the Parliament’s Employment and Social Affairs Committee, spoke about the possibility of an EU Directive as “an exciting development that needs to be part of the discussions in the European Election campaigns and which should be brought quickly on the agenda of the newly elected Parliament”.

“The position taken by National Governments, by Political Groups in the Parliament and National Political Parties, by the EU Institutions, to support or to block this development is information that all EU citizens should have”, added Fintan Farrell, coordinator of the EMIN

You can follow the European Minimum Income Network (EMIN) and see the outputs and follow the work of the project http://emin-eu.net. This blog also has easy access to useful related documents, facts and figures. The hashtag for EMIN tweets is #eminetwork.

Community based work, social service and diaconia: the CABLE Approach

20 March 2014

A new publication produced at the international seminar organised by Diak, HDL and Helsinki University entitled “Community of the Future – Challenges and New Approaches to Community Based Work, Social Service and Diaconia from the CABLE Approach” is now available for purchase.
• Click to read about the Cable network(part 1) and  Part 2

Click here to read about the CABLE publication
There will be a CABLE website soon and the Dutch partners will launch a book about the work they have been doing (English text) in spring.

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