Eurodiaconia members’ experience confirms the problematic social situation the European Union is currently facing: (long-term) unemployment in Europe is still a big challenge, the situation of households with low incomes has not improved and severe material deprivation has continued to increase in several countries.

In this context, Eurodiaconia works particularly to support its members to:

  • Increase their understanding of the European Union tools available to support their work at local and national level (policy and funding);
  • Exchange best practices in responding to the increasing number of people facing material deprivation such as food poverty, intergenerational poverty, energy poverty or homelessness. Eurodiaconia strives for these emergency service provision to always be an entry point into longer, more sustainable social inclusion programmes.
  • Each year Eurodiaconia organises a network meeting with a particular focus. The purpose of the meeting is to provide a forum for members to share experiences and good practice, identify the challenges they face as well as discuss potential solutions and opportunities for development.

If you wish to receive more information on this topic, please contact our Policy and Membership Development Officer Magdalena Bordagorry at