• 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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Children, Orphanages, and Families: a summary of research to help guide faith-based action

24 July 2014

The ‘Faith to action’ initiative have recently published this summary of research which offers evidence-based information about the best ways to care for orphans and children separated from parental care. The document is aimed at churches, faith-based organizations, and individuals of faith.

The writers say: 'Whether directly providing care in our own communities or partnering with groups overseas to support orphan care ministries and programs, Christians around the world are rising to the Biblical call to respond to the needs of the orphaned and vulnerable. Globally, the need is great and there is no “one right answer” for every situation. There is, however, a growing body of research and evidence-based “lessons learned” to help guide this faith-inspired work.'

Download the document here

Toolkit for members to engage in Europe 2020

23 July 2014

The EU Alliance for a Democratic, Social and Sustainable European Semester (Semester Alliance), of which Eurodiaconia is a member, published a Toolkit for national members to engage in Europe 2020 and the European Semester. It provides to-the-point information about the processes and the opportunities for engagement, by clarifying the key elements, timeline, and strategic actors of the new process, as well as giving links and suggesting different ways of involvement.

You can find the toolkit here

The main toolkit is accompanied by five useful annexes:

  1. The European Semester in a nutshell
  2. Who to contact
  3. Template letter
  4. Glossary of terms and acronyms
  5. List of useful stakeholder Engagement Quotes

For those who are further interested in learning more about how to engage in the European Semester, especially with the upcoming Mid-Term Review, Eurodiaconia is organising a training seminar from 25-26 September in Brussels. You can find more information here.

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.

For more information please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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