We work to support civil society at European level through various initiatives to ensure that the social inclusion of vulnerable groups remains on the European agenda.
European Programme on Integration and Migration
Initiated by NEF in 2007, the European Programme for Integration and Migration (EPIM) is a longstanding collaborative funding programme that is supported by 14 European foundations and is chaired by the King Baudouin Foundation.
EPIM aims to strengthen the role played by civil society in influencing EU policy developments and in advocating for constructive approaches to migrants in Europe. Since 2005, European foundations have come together through EPIM to support and enhance the ability of non-governmental organisations active on migrant issues through grant-making, capacity-building and networking.
EPIM entered its fourth funding phase in 2016 and an estimated 10 million euros will be spent during EPIM’s 2016-2018 phase of funding. EPIM is the largest operational programme initiated by NEF.
Transnational Forum on Integrated Community Care
In April 2017, King Baudouin Foundation, Fondation de France, Robert Bosch Stiftung, la Caixa Foundation, Compagnia di San Paolo, Graham Boeckh Foundation and Fund Dr. Daniël De Coninck (managed by the King Baudouin Foundation) initiated a joint initiative, hosted by the Network of European Foundations, entitled the Transnational Forum of Integrated Community Care(TransForm).
Today, the healthcare system is fragmented and disease-centred, difficult to navigate and do not consider the person as a whole. TransForm was established in recognition of the important global movement for change towards integrated community care delivery, to better meet the challenges faced by the growing numbers of vulnerable people in local communities requiring care and support. The overarching aim of the project is to trigger the interest of and inspire policy-makers and practitioners to foster integrated community care through conferences, site visits and case studies dissemination. The ultimate goal is to mobilise change at policy and practice level.
The project seeks to achieve its aims through finding and analysing ‘promising practices’ in integrated community care and learning from their experiences and impact. Along the course of the programme, the content partner (International Foundation for Integrated Care – IFIC) undertakes a mapping project to find ‘promising practices’ across Europe and internationally for further in-depth investigation. A series of transnational conferences on integrated community care will be organised in the next three years. The first conference will take place in Hamburg, Germany, on 24-26 September 2018 and will make the compelling case for integrated community care.
European Foundations’ Initiative on Dementia
Under the chairmanship of the Fondation Mederic Alzheimer, the European Foundations’ Initiative on Dementia (EFID) is a NEF programme to highlight dementia at European level. EFID’s mission is to improve the lives of people living with dementia by enabling a dementia-friendly and inclusive environment in communities across Europe.
EFID originated in 2011 and since then 32 initiatives in Europe have been supported with awards and involved in capacity development workshops. In the next phase 2019-2020, EFID foundations (Robert Bosch Stiftung, Fondation Mederic Alzheimer, King Baudouin Foundation) will join forces to valuing the expertise of people living with dementia, fight stigmatisation and work towards dementia friendly communities.
European Practice Exchange on Deradicalisation
The European Practice Exchange on Deradicalisation (EPEX) aims to establish a network of European practitioners from between 12 to 15 organisations dealing with the challenges of ISIS-inspired radicalisation and recruitment to militant islamist extremism. The project is focused on organising a cross-border knowledge transfer to allow organisations to share experiences and lessons learned, and to enable activity-based peer-learning.
The project was designed by, and will be implemented by, the Violence Prevention Network (VPN) through the NEF funding. VPN is a group of experienced specialists who have successfully engaged in anti-violence work and the prevention of extremism, and in the deradicalisation of extremist-motivated offenders, for a number of years.