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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
  • 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 Conference Sydney 2021 – Social Justice the Unfinished Journey. Read more 
  • 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

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IFS Fostering Social Justice! Second day of Study Visits at Jugend- und Kulturzentrum Spirale in Berlin. 👇 Thanks for sharing!

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IFS Fostering Social Justice! Second day of Study Visits at Jugend- und Kulturzentrum Spirale in Berlin. 👇 Thanks for sharing! 
#IFS  #forsocialjustuce #IFSFSJ

The first study visits of the project IFS Fostering Social Justice started on Monday, September 20, 2021! The IFS Fostering Social Justice is a European strategic programme run by the IFS network in 2021-2024 and co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

Annamária Kovács and Mihály Bulcs of ÉLETFA Segítő Szolgálat Egyesület in Hungary represent their organisation in Germany and Austria, between September 20 - 24.

Annamária and Mihály will focus on learning about adult education systems and practical examples that can help create, engage and strengthen different social groups in their communities. Both are excited and have great expectations from these experiences from which they will learn and experiment good practices with colleagues from all over Europe.

#IFS #fosteringsocialjustice #ifsfsj
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The first study visits of the project IFS Fostering Social Justice started on Monday, September 20, 2021! The IFS Fostering Social Justice is a European strategic programme run by the IFS network in 2021-2024 and co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. 
Annamária Kovács and Mihály Bulcs of ÉLETFA Segítő Szolgálat Egyesület in Hungary represent their organisation in Germany and Austria, between September 20 - 24. 
Annamária and Mihály will focus on learning about adult education systems and practical examples that can help create, engage and strengthen different social groups in their communities. Both are excited and have great expectations from these experiences from which they will learn and experiment good practices with colleagues from all over Europe.
#IFS  #fosteringsocialjustice #IFSFSJ

The Great Debate on whether Settlements, Neighbourhood and Community Centres are leading the way in our fight for Social Justice at the IFS Conference 2021 was fierce! The Opposition and Proposition teams had understood the assignment and didn't come to play! This was one of the best moment of the IFS Conference 2021!

#SocialJustice #GlobalIssuesLocalSolutions #IFSConference2021Syd
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The Great Debate on whether Settlements, Neighbourhood and Community Centres are leading the way in our fight for Social Justice at the IFS Conference 2021 was fierce! The Opposition and Proposition teams had understood the assignment and didnt come to play! This was one of the best moment of the IFS Conference 2021!
#SocialJustice #GlobalIssuesLocalSolutions #IFSConference2021Syd

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