• 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 Thursday, October 30, 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

Roma network meets in Serbia

7 October 2014

Last week Eurodiaconia held its annual Roma Network meeting in Novi Sad, Serbia. The meeting was hosted by members EHO (Ecumenical Humanitarian Organisation) and gathered 25 members from across Europe. Participants had the opportunity to share major challenges Roma face in their country and progress made in public policies since the adoption of the National Roma Integration Strategies. The group also started drafting guidelines for Roma participation. A field visit was carried out to see EHO’s award winning project in upgrading housing in Roma communities as well as a bakery started up by a young Roma women who had benefitted from  EHO’s vocational training programme and financial support to start up her own business.

A full report of this meeting will be available in the coming weeks.

Call for contributions on Roma participation/ engagement policy

2 September 2014

Eurodiaconia will be drafting guidelines on Roma participation in the coming months. The aim of this document is to make a résumé of principles and advice for diaconal organisations working with Roma on how best to involve Roma in projects and services to fully empower Roma and ensure their ownership in the projects.
If you have internal position papers or guidance notes on this topic that you think can be relevant for Eurodiaconia, please email them to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
The deadline for contributions is 8th October.

Roma Decade Intelligence Report

2 September 2014

This report is a result of the Decade Intelligence research project. "It aims to serve as guidelines for Roma inclusion actors in designing, implementing and monitoring their efforts, by providing them recommendations about factors that can influence the results of their project in either a positive or negative way. The report is not an exhaustive list of such factors; it is a list of helpful tips, rather than a book of instructions. It is a learning tool developed through the years-long experience of attempts for Roma inclusion within the Decade".

Download the Decade Intelligence Report

High level conference on Roma inclusion on the ground - The ROMACT experience

2 September 2014

Eurodiaconia has one place available for a conference in Brussels on 2-3 October: "Roma inclusion on the ground - The ROMACT experience"

If you would like to attend, please send an email to Catherine.mallet@eurodiaconia by 9th September expressing your interest. Travel and accommodation expenses are not covered by the organisers but please mention if you would like to come and would need financial assistance.

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