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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

Despite the hardship and challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic, The IFS Network and its members remain united and joined forces to keep communities together and services up and running. Here are some of the past and upcoming events and activities conducted by the IFS Helsinki Office and its members to advocate for social justice, peace, and democracy everywhere.

  • 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.
  • Kick-off of the 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).
  • Community Organizations Promoting Democracy and Peace in Europe Meeting. This part of the Peace event series hosted by the IFS Helsinki Office and the Finnish Federation of Settlements and sponsored by the Finnish Minister of Justice. Read more.
  • IFS Middle Managers Meeting: Focus on Older Adult Services. Read more.
  • Webinar on Democracy. June 17, 2021. Read more.
  • Webinar on Mental Health. July 14, 2021. Read more.
  • IFS Conference Sydney 2021 – Social Justice the Unfinished Journey. Read more.

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