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The International Federation of Settlements and Neighborhood Centers (IFS) is a global movement of more than 11000 member associations that include multi-purpose, community-based organizations across the world. We believe in empowering the people who work for social justice by connecting, inspiring and supporting an inclusive global community. 

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Focus Areas: Social Justice, Democracy and Peace

The IFS Network and its members remain united in advocating for social justice, diversity, solidarity, peace and democracy around the world. Here are some of the activities conducted by the IFS Helsinki Office and its members to advocate for social justice, peace, and democracy everywhere.

  • IFS Internationale Conference 2023 in FranceSAVE THE DATE. Read more
  • Project IFS Fostering Social Justice! Erasmus + EU Program 2021 – 2024 – IFS as advocate and provider for adult learning opportunities – 11 EU countries – 12 partners – 17 Projects – 1 Network. The project is funded by the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Read more.
  • IFS and members’s support to Ukraine – Youth Camps for the youngsters. Do you want to make a donation? Please go to Donation.
  • IFS Declaration on Social Justice, published at the end the IFS International Conference 2021 in Sydney.
  • The power of Community Across Europe – Locality Research Report: Research on experiences of the community response to the pandemic across Europe in 2020. Read more

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The Settlement and Neighbourhood Houses event are never boring! Today at Vuolle Setlementti ry Pentti Lemmetyinen IFS president and CEO of Setlementtiliitto gave the 'On humanity's side" award to the Finnish hip-hop artist Paleface for boldly supporting the right of men and boys to express their emotions. Paleface's popular song 🎵 is "Men don't cry" Miehet ei itke in Finnish language. ... See MoreSee Less

Greetings from the city of Oulu in north Finland where we are celebrating "Setlementti Days" #Setlementtipäivät organized by Setlementtiliitto and Vuolle Setlementti ry . ... See MoreSee Less

Greetings from the city of Oulu in north Finland where we are celebrating Setlementti Days #Setlementtipäivät organized by Setlementtiliitto  and Vuolle Setlementti ry .

So proud and happy to see the work done by the IFS board member Anne Babcock and WoodGreen Community Services for their communities. 🙌❤ ... See MoreSee Less

So proud and happy to see the work done by the IFS board member Anne Babcock and WoodGreen Community Services for their communities. 🙌❤

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