Family Enrichment in the World

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.





Press conference in IFFD headquarters

At IFFD headquarters on September 26, a press conference took place to report on the board meeting held the same day at Hotel Jardín Metropolitano de Madrid. Among those participating in the press conference were Ignacio Socías, director of communication and international relations of IFFD; Marina Robben, president of IFFD; Ike Nnaedozie, NADAF president, Nigerian Association of Family Enrichment; and Eric and Desiree Canoy, members of the Educhild executive committee, a Filipino association that teaches our courses.

Some courses in Peru

A Matrimonial Love course, which took place during the first half of the year, wrapped up in June in Lima’s Montealto school. The capitol also saw a moderators’ training course during the weekend of September 13-14, which ensures the expansion of Family Enrichment in the country in coming years.

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Promoting Family Enrichment in Ukraine

In mid-September, Josemaria Postigo traveled to Kiev, Ukraine, to give a presentation and promotion session for Family Enrichment, in which sixteen people participated. In the coming months, that city will launch a Matrimonial Love course.



A First Steps course finished in Sydney in June. More than fifteen couples participated. 




First Letters Program was launched in the Tropical Clubhouse in Shanghai on April 13th. It was led by two new moderators, who had participated in a moderators training course last March. The session started with an explanation of the essence of Family Enrichment and the Case method.

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The Family Enrichment Center of Peru (Raíces) will organize a moderators training session the weekend of September 13-14, to take place in Alpamayo School. Also in the coming weeks, the center will launch its new website, which will keep viewers updated on all courses to be taught, news, and articles of interest.

Activity Report 2013

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XIX International Family Congress- October 2015

16th-18th October 2015, Mexico

Public Affairs

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 36

Is children well-being a broken promise?.

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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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