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 co-chaired by a group of foundations.

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.

Three conferences on integrated community care have been organised with partners in Hamburg, Turin and in Vancouver, Canada. A final conference in Brussels will summarise what has been learnt from the programme on ICC. 

Fair Energy Transition for All

The Fair Energy Transition for All (FETA) project aims to improve the development of fair energy transition policies by providing to national and European policy makers and stakeholders a better understanding on the perceived impact of energy transition policies on the living conditions of economically disadvantaged people.

To do so, a consortium a European Foundations will organize a European consultative and listening process with vulnerable people.

This listening process will unfold in the spring 2021 in 9 European countries: Germany, France, Italy, Denmark, Poland, Spain, Belgium, Bulgaria and the Netherlands. As a final outcome a European report with policy recommendations will be debated early 2022.

This project is a new addition to the NEF portfolio. FETA receives support from the Mercator Foundation, Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt, Fondazione Cariplo, IKEA Foundation, Schneider Electric foundation and Open Society European Policy Institute as well as the King Baudouin Foundation (Chair). It is implemented in collaboration with IFOK and Climate Outreach.