Family Enrichment in the World

Courses in Russia

Two First Steps courses started in Mosccow and Saint Petersburg on December 13-14. Twelve families participated.






Conference of Presidents of Family Enrichment Centers of Spain

On November 29, a Conference of Presidents of Family Enrichment Centers took place in Madrid.

Don José Miguel Cubillo, president of IFFD Spain, started the day by encouraging everyone to participate in the Nineteenth International Family Congress, which will take place in Mexico in October 2015. Cubillo reviewed the elements essential to the success of Family Enrichment courses, highlighting the need for the case method and for moderators to constantly pursue continued training.

Afterward, Don Emilio López-Barajas, University professor gave a lecture, which was followed by a colloquium. The presidents of some of the centers shared various practices that have been put into place this year, explained the role of the technical committees.

The presidents of the centers in Valencia and Seville, Don José Ignacio Cantero and Don Juan Pablo Lucena, respectively, shared effective methods of moderator training. Dona Leticia Rodríguez, coordinator of IFFD’s technical committee, gave a brief summary of the previously mentioned September international meeting. After a small lunch, Don Antonio Santos, secretary of IFFD Spain, presided over the extraordinary general assembly.

14th NADAF Biennial National Conference

From 7th to 9th November, 2014, the Nigerian Association for Family Development (NAFAD) held its 14th Biennial National Conference with the theme- The Role of the Father in the Family: Revisiting Cultural Stereotypes- in Victoria Island, Lagos. The event started with a welcome Cocktail for participants especially for those from outside Lagos on 7th November. The Conference keynote address was delivered by Dr. Chris Ogbechie, a faculty at the Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos. Our Guest of Honour was a Federal Minister Prince Adedayo Adeyeye who came with his wife. 83 Adults attended the event which was followed by an interactive roundtable comprising six seasoned experts on family matters anchored by Prof. James Tsaaior of the Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos.




New website

Family Enrichment UK has new website, where you will find all the information about Family Enrichment, next courses, news and events, in the country.

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Family Enrichment in Romania

During the last weekend of November, Spanish moderator Victor Petuya traveled to Bucharest to help launch Family Enrichment in Romania. Seven couples attended. During the weekend’s sessions, they determined when courses will be held during 2015.

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Course in Nigeria

On October 12th, a Matrimonial Love course finished in Wavecrest, Surulere, lagos, in Nigeria. More than six couples participated. The Nigerian Association for Family Development (NADAF) will soon celebrate its Biannual Conference, where a Family Enrichment session may be taught.

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Family Enrichment in Slovakia

A moderators’ training course was held the weekend of October 12 in the city of Bratislava.



First Steps in Lebanon

In July, the sixth and final general session of a First Steps course took place in the city of Baabda. This month (November), another First Steps course is scheduled to begin in Lebanon.

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Team leaders training course in Ecuador

On September 6, the Family Enrichment Association of Ecuador (IMF) organized an event for team leaders, during which management issues and the direction of small groups were discussed. Small groups are one of the fundamental elements of the “four steps system” that IFFD utilizes.



International Board of Family Enrichment directors

The directors of the International Federation for Family Development (IFFD) met on September 26 in Madrid to analyze the situation of families in the 65 countries where they work, and to determine the criteria for updating their courses.

Besides the president and secretary general, vice and territorial delegates from Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Congo, Spain, the United States, the Philippines, France, Guatemala, Italy, Kenya, Lithuania, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Poland, the United Kingdom, Singapore, and Uruguay also participated.





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XIX International Family Congress- October 2015

16th-18th October 2015, Mexico

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Public Affairs

Second Annual Assembly of FamiliesAndSocieties project

On 14-16 January, the Director of International Relations of IFFD, Ignacio Socías, has attended the Experts Meeting of the project FamiliesAndSocieties, in which the IFFD is part of the Consortium as a member of the civil society. It was held in the Humanities and Social Science Center of the Superior Council of Scientific Research (CSIC) in Madrid.

New publication

It includes the papers and other documents presented for the Expert Group Meeting convened in Mexico City on 19-20 May 2014 and organized by IFFD, in cooperation with the NCFR (USA), the Vanier Institute of the Family (Canada) and the UN focal point on the family within DESA.


United Nations

The official journal of sessions has published the Annual report of the Secretary General of the United Nations on the anniversary 20th of the International year of the family, in which the Secretary General has highlighted the work carried out and promoted by The Family Watch and the IFFD (International Federation for Family Development), the main global family enrichment entity.

World Family Summit+10

The World Family Summit +10 organized by the World Family Organization and the National Health and Family Planning Commission of the Chinese government, has been celebrated in Zhuhai (China), 2-4 December. The results of the 20th Anniversary of the Intenational Year of the Family and the inclusion of family in the new UN Development Goals have been an important part of this meeting. It has been attended by ministers and lawmakers from many countries, as well as representatives of NGOs and civil society, including the Director of International Relations of IFFD, who gave a speech on the topic ‘Civil Society Organizations and Families working together in setting a new course for the world families want’.

Focus Group on “vulnerable families”

The group discussions on ‘vulnerable families’ has taken place on 10 December at the Committee of the Regions of the European Union (Brussels) with the participation of Antonio Polychronakis (Family Justice Center, Rotterdam), Michael Maira (La Ligue des Familles, Belgium), Philippe Seidel (Age Platform Europe), Daniel Wisniewski (WYA), Marina Robben (World President of IFFD) Arne Gericke (Member of the European Parliament, Germany) and Branislav Stanicek (Committee of the Regions). The meeting has been organized by IFFD within the framework of the European collaborative research project FamiliesAndSocieties and was aimed at encouraging discussions between the experts. It was moderated by Prof. Bernhard Riederer from the Austrian Academy of Sciences – Vienna Institute of Demography.

Conference in Istanbul

The Director of International Relations of IFFD, Ignacio Socías, has given a speech on ‘Child poverty in rich countries, a costly mistake for the future’, during the Conference on International Family Policies organized by the Women’s Platform of the Journalists and Writers Turkish Foundation. He also moderated a debate about the 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family during the same event.

Humanum, an international interreligious colloquium

Ignacio Socías attended Humanum, an international interreligious colloquium on the complementarity of man and woman, which took place November 17-19 in the Vatican. The conference gathered leaders and experts from around the world to discuss the vision of the family and its future in the different religions. At the end, Socías had the opportunity to greet Pope Francis, as seen in the image.

Focus Group, Families and Societies Project

An expert meeting on vulnerable families has been held in Madrid, as part of the works IFFD is doing for one of the Work Packages of the large-scale integrating research project FamiliesAndSocieties, funded in the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme, coordinated by Stockholm University and integrated by 25 research partners and 3 transnational civil society actor partners.

IFFD President in the European Parliament

Marina Robben, World President of IFFD, was received on 12 November by Ildikó Gáll-Pelcz, Vice-President of the European Parliament. Mrs. Gáll-Pelcz was offered a copy of the landamark publication of the 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family and was informed about the activities of the Federation during this year. Mrs. Robben also confirmed the support to the initiative of creating an intergroup on Family for this new term and they discussed about some other projects for joint activities of the Parliament with civil society.

IFFD in New York

In early October, Ignacio Socías, IFFD Director of International Relations, traveled to New York to attend the meeting of the Third Committee of the General Assembly, in which the theme of family was discussed. The final resolution of the International Year of the Family was proposed, and it was determined that the General Assembly will close this anniversary December 3.


IFFD in Geneva

On September 24, Ignacio Socías, director of communication and international relations for IFFD, participated in a discussion at the Human Rights Council of the United Nations in Geneva on the protection of the family.  The discussion led to recognition of the importance of this issue, which has been a goal of IFFD for many years. Delegates from many countries and five experts in the field participated. In the words of the resolution, “the family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the state.”

FAS Project

The third newsletter about the Families and Societies Project is now available. This is the most important research project carried out in the framework of the European Union on the situation of the family and whether policies adequately meet their needs.

Global Day of Parents

The Family Watch organized a new forum on the occasion of the new Global Day of Parents, which was established by United Nations and is held on June 1 each year. The forum was held on June 3, 2014 in Madrid, with the participation of leading figures in communications.

Expert Group Meeting in Mexico City

An Expert Group Meeting on family poverty and social exclusion; ensuring work-family balance; advancing social integration and intergenerational solidarity in North America has been organized by IFFD in Mexico City, 19-20 May, with the participation of experts, practicioners and observers from United States, Canada and Mexico,the UN Focal Point on the Family and a representative of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). For more information click here.


15th May, International Day of Families


IFFD was actively involved in the special observance of the International Day of Families; held the 15 May in UN Headquarters.  This event commemorated the twentieth anniversary of the International Year of the Family and featured a panel discussion on ‘Families Matter for the Achievement of Development Goals.’ Raymond Mutura, President of the Family Enrichment center in Kenya, and IFFD´s Vice-president of the English- speaking area of Africa participated like speaker and presented the Declaration of the Civil Society on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the International Year of the Family. A landmark, fully illustrated, commemorative publication by Tudor Rose ‘Family Futures’ was presented and a copy was offered to participants. (Click here to see the publication)


Video about IFFD and other NGO´s in support of the Family.

UNSDN interviews: Ignacio Socías

On the occasion of the  International Day of Families, Ignacio Socías has been interviewed by the United Nation Social Development Network, in his capacity as Permanent Representative to the UN of the International Federation for Family Development (IFFD).

Click here to read the interview.

Doha conference to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family

The Doha International Family Institute (DIFI) a member of Qatar Foundation, organized a conference on “Empowering Families: A Pathway to Development’’ held on the 16th and 17th April 2014 in Doha /Qatar, as part of the commemoration of the twentieth anniversary of the International Year of the Family, 2014. Ignacio Socías, Director of International Relations of IFFD participated in the Panel Discussion 5, about Family and Civil Society, and drew up the Call to action.

For more information click here.


2014: the year to discover the great value of family

It is the best kept secret of 2014 – the 20th anniversary of the International Year of the Family-. The United Nations has been passing resolutions about it and some NGOs have been working solidly to raise awareness of it in different countries, but there’s not a word about it in the media. MercatorNet asked Ignacio Socias, Director of International Relations for the International Federation for Family Development.

Read the full interview in MercatorNet.

Launching of the 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family in Argentina

Organized and hosted by Centro Walmart Conciliación Familia y Empresa (CONFyE – Walmart Center for Work Family Balance) of IAE Business School, Austral University and the International Federation for Family Development, the launching of the 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family in Argentina was marked by a full two-and-a-half day schedule with activities and meetings that were designed to reach all levels of Argentine society, including primary and university level education, politics, non-governmental and civil organizations, private enterprise, etc. Read more DSC_B541

Event in Sao Paulo

The UN DESA Focal Point on the Family, Renata Kaczmarska, the director of International Relations of IFFD and some brazilian politicians and academics have been part of an event to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the International Year of the Family, organized by the Instituto Brasileiro da Família in Sao Paulo on 24 March.


Publication on the web

The book on the occasion of the European meeting of experts in Brussels can be downloaded here.

IFFD Papers

A series of position papers on current affairs an topics that have to do with family enrichment.

IFFD Paper nº 38

Is youth unemployment a serious problem?

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logo fas Families and Societies is the most important research on the family project carried out within the framework of the European Union. Launched on March 8 in Stockholm, it has the support of twenty-five universities from fifteen countries. IFFD is involved as a representative of civil society.
The preparations for the twentieth anniversary of the International Year of the Family focuses on exploring family-oriented policies and strategies aiming mainly at confronting family poverty; ensuring work-family balance and advancing social integration and intergenerational solidarity.
itfw TFW is a “think tank” inspired by IFFD dedicated to analyzing the social reality of the family.
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