• 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


Calendar Friday, April 18, 2014
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Roma inclusion is a hot topic here in Brussels, especially in view of the recent EU Framework on national Roma integration strategies just adopted. We also know how important it is for Eurodiaconia members to share with others about their work with local Roma communities. For this reason Eurodiaconia established a Roma Network in 2009, and the Network has been growing and developing. The Network meets annually but we also send out a monthly Roma Network e-news covering Roma specific EU policy news, events, calls for proposals and resources and publications. If you have information to share with the Network such as an event announcement or a publication that you would like to feature in an issue of the Roma e-news, please feel free to send me the information at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Eurodiaconia has written a policy paper on social rights for Roma as well as a briefing for our members which accompanies which explains how to get involved in Eurodiaconia’s Roma work as well as how to use the policy paper.

• Policy paper: Social Rights for Roma
• Briefing: Social Rights for Roma

If you would like more information about Eurodiaconia’s work on Roma issues, please contact Catherine at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Local level inclusion policies for all Roma

8th April 2014

Eurodiaconia sent out today a press release to mark the International Roma Day and to call for greater commitment from local and regional authorities to Roma inclusion.

Read the press release here

Invitation and draft agenda for next Roma network meeting

7th April 2014

Eurodiaconia’s next annual Eurodiaconia Roma Network meeting is to be held on 2-3 October in Novi Sad, Serbia, hosted by member Ecumenical Humanitarian Organisation (EHO).  The Roma Network meeting is a forum for exchange, debate and mutual learning for practitioners and policy makers working with Roma and for the inclusion of Roma.  This meeting will particularly focus on input into Eurodiaconia’s policy on Roma inclusion; we will be drafting new guidelines on Roma participation as well as assessing the National Roma Integration strategies.
The meeting has three main objectives:

  • Update Eurodiaconia’s policy position paper on “Social Rights for Roma”.
  • Carry out a study visit to see one of EHO’s Roma award winning projects
  • Share best practices of Roma participation with the aim of empowering Roma within our organisations, and formulate guidelines.

There will also updates on political developments at EU level and we shall start assessing the National Roma Integration Strategies for our annual contribution to the European Commission’s progress report. 

This year’s festival of Roma-related movies and lectures at Bremen, Germany

7th April  2014

From 24th April till 7th May, Diakonie Bremen will partner with other organisations to show a series of Roma-related films and lectures. See here for more details on the films, and times etc. http://www.balkancinema.de/

•    Click here to download the flyer

‘Going local on Roma inclusion’ - the case in Glasgow

7 April 2014

Eurocities have recently issued publication on Roma employability in Glasgow as one example of how cities are delivering on Roma inclusion. The publication is the result of a peer review that was conducted by the EUROCITIES Roma taskforce in Glasgow last June. It looks at three employment and training projects that are creating opportunities for Roma residents in the city. The report also includes lessons for other cities looking to implement Roma employability schemes. Read more from this peer review and read the report here: http://bit.ly/1mMAQlx

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