Social Inclusion

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

The European Programme for Integration and Migration (EPIM) is a longstanding initiative of 25 private foundations with the goal of strengthening the role of civil society in building inclusive communities and in developing humane and sustainable responses to migration, based on Europe’s commitment to universal human rights and social justice. Since 2005, EPIM empowers civil society to be recognised as key actors in the design, implementation and evaluation of migration and integration policies and practices at local, national and European level.

Through grant-making, capacity and knowledge development, civil society organisations’ work is supported in currently six thematic areas such as working with children and youth on the move for their protection and empowerment, promoting alternatives to immigration detention, contributing to the development of humane and effective asylum systems, enhancing community cohesion, enabling mobile EU citizens to exercise their free movement rights, and contributing to a more balanced discourse on migration.

EPIM is currently chaired by Sahar Yadegari from the Adessium Foundation.

Transnational Forum on Integrated Community Care

Since April 2017, the Network of European Foundations is hosting the Transnational Forum of Integrated Community Care (TransForm), a joint initiative of King Baudouin Foundation, Fondation de France, Robert Bosch Stiftung, Compagnia di San Paolo, Graham Boeckh Foundation and Fund Dr. Daniël De Coninck (managed by the King Baudouin Foundation).

TransForm seeks to examine how co-productive partnerships that empower people in local communities can be developed through cross-sectoral collaborations. The overarching aim of the Forum is to trigger the interest of and to inspire action by policy-makers, key stakeholders and practitioners to foster integrated community care (ICC). TransForm will look at mapping and analysing promising practices in integrated community care and draw learning from their experiences and impact.

Two conferences on integrated community care have been organised with partners in Hamburg and in Turin and the third one will take place in Vancouver, Canada, on 2-4 October 2019. The conference will examine how to enable the participation and engagement of communities in decision-making. 

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 current phase 2019-2020, EFID foundations (Robert Bosch Stiftung, Fondation Mederic Alzheimer, King Baudouin Foundation and Porticus Foundation), join forces to valuing the expertise of people living with dementia, fight stigmatisation and work towards A series of webinars will be organised to highlight awardees’ work and specific challenges. Furthermore, EFID is leading a process of co-creation with its partners of a quality framework, to facilitate the benchmarking and assessment of their work around dementia friendly environment. An advisory task force comprised of people living with dementia as well as experts and foundations will support the development of the quality framework. The quality framework is expected to be released in January 2020

European Practice Exchange on Deradicalisation

The European Practice Exchange on Deradicalisation (EPEX) project came to an end on February 2019. It aimed 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, supported by Robert Bosch Foundation, King Baudouin Foundation, Open Society Foundation and Fritt Ord Foundation, was designed and 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.

During the course of the project practitioners co-created EPEX final publication which was released in March 2019.