• 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: Roma Health fellowship programme

27 May 2015

The Open Society Foundation and the European Public Health Alliance have launched a one-year fellowship programme to train two Roma Health EU advocates. The programme is aimed at supporting candidates from Central and Eastern European countries in navigating the EU policy landscape and become effective EU-level activists in the field of Roma Health.

Candidates should be fluent in English, have a university degree, and have a solid understanding of Roma health issues. The deadline for applications is Friday, 5 June. For further information, please click here.


OSF launches Call for Projects on Roma education access

21 May 2015

The Open Society Foundations’ Education Support Program and Human Rights Initiative are calling for proposals from organisations working to promote equal access to education for children from disadvantages groups.

The specific aim of the call is to improve the participation of children who face restricted access to mainstream education on the basis of disability, race and ethnicity, gender, religious affiliation and sexual orientation. As such, organisations who are conducting or developing projects related to Roma inclusion in education are strongly encouraged to apply.

The deadline for submitting a project proposal is 21 August 2015. To find out more about the eligibility criteria and to access the complete Call for Proposals, please click here.


Roma Inclusion increasingly disregarded in Country Specific Recommendations

21 May 2015

Each year, the European Commission proposes Country-Specific Recommendations to its Member States in the context of the ‘European Semester’. These CSRs can address a broad range of issues, ranging from educational and healthcare reform to fiscal consolidation measures and poverty reduction.

For various member states, Roma Inclusion is directly addressed in the Commission’s CSRs; however, the number of CSRs explicitly mentioning Roma has been decreasing over recent years (from 8 in 2013 to 5 in 2015), focusing mainly on early childhood education.

The European Roma Grassroots Organisation (ERGO) Network has expressed concern over the fact that, so far, the CSRs seem to have yielded little to no improvement in the Member States concerned, and continue to disregard the importance of improving Roma access to the labour market.

For a general overview of the 2015 Country Specific Recommendations, please click here. To read the ERGO Network’s Press Release, please click here.


Mobilising the Roma vote in the UK

7 May 2015

One way of empowering Roma and traveller communities is by strengthening their voices in the political domain and breaking the chain of mutual mistrust between local decision-makers and ethnic minority groups.  

Ahead of the UK general elections of 2015, a national organisation called Traveller Movement has launched a campaign to encourage Roma and Travellers to register to vote, and make use of their right to participate in the political domain. The campaign, called ‘Operation Traveller Vote’ (OTV), encompasses outreach programmes across the UK, explaining the importance of voting, but also establishing contact with political decision-makers to sensitivise them to the situation of Roma and Travellers.

To find out more about the Traveller Movement and its manifesto for the UK elections, please click here. For more background information, please click here.

Realising Roma Rights in Ireland

29 April 2015

In Ireland, members of the Roma community face the same stereotyping and restricted access to basic rights as in other European countries. Stigmatised by the media, a recent survey amongst Irish Roma showed that every single participant felt discriminated against by state institutions.

Established in 2000 through a grant of the Open Society Foundation, the Irish Immigrant Support Centre ‘Nasc’ is playing an active role in combating these stereotypes, and in promoting a positive image of Roma in Ireland. It provides free legal services to those who cannot access employment and social protections, and aims at empowering the Roma community to make its voices heard through leadership and communications training.    

To find out more about Nasc and its activities, please click here. To read the centre’s most recent report on the situation of Roma in Ireland, ‘In from the Margins’, please click here.

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