Our Collaborative Projects

In the last fifteen years, NEF has incubated or supported around 20 collaborative projects.

NEF collaborative projects unfold under three main domains of action: democracy, social inclusion and international development. Those domains represent important areas of engagement for foundations across Europe.


Democracy is at a crossroads, with a global trend of polarization and authoritarism /surveillance, this area of work at NEF seeks to consolidate European partnerships to strengthen solidarity and democratic principles in the digital age. Our collaborative projects seek to influence key developments in Europe: on supporting transparency and pluralism online and offline, on regulating tech policies to serve participation and human rights and, last but not least, on keeping citizens and civil society engaged in the discussions that concern them.

Social Inclusion

Social cohesion is to remain a central challenge of our European societies in which inequalities and diversity have increased substantially. Covid 19 has hit hardest the most vulnerable groups in the health and social domains: elderly, children and women, and migrants. Improving the social participation and integration of those groups, in an age of intersectional crises, is essential to the social justice mission that gathers the collaborative projects under this area of work. Building an inclusive vision for a future impacted by public health and climate crises will require investment and community mobilization from the local to transnational level.

International Development

International development brings together at NEF collaborative projects with an international remit. The diversity of themes of philanthropic engagement under this area of work is to be emphasized. As an example, through JAFOWA, foundations wish to support a strong and equitable farmers’ movement in West Africa.