Family Enrichment in the World

Promotional video about Family Enrichment courses

New addition to IFFD

In early January, Costa Rican Ana María Ruiz traveled to Madrid to receive a month’s training in preparation for her February work as an IFFD intern in the Committee on Economic and Social Development at the United Nations in New York.


Conference in Vilnius

On January 10, Javier Vidal-Quadras, Secretary General of IFFD, gave the opening conference for a day devoted to the family, organized by the Archdiocese of Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. The presentation was titled, “The Family, the Place of Joy.” Vidal-Quadras also had the opportunity to offer the Lithuanian translation of his book, After Love, I´ll Love You, and to meet with leaders of Seimu, the family university and the city’s center for Family Enrichment, which provides about twenty courses per year.


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Course in the UK

On January 24, Karel and Marina Phlips moderated a session of the Matrimonial Love course in Manchester. A young and dynamic group of five couples participated.




Courses in Russia

Two First Steps courses started in Moscow 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.




XIX International Family Congress- October 2015

16th-18th October 2015, Mexico

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Public Affairs

IFFD Briefing

The IFFD Briefing was celebrated during the 53rd Session of the Commission for Social Development  in the United Nations on February 11. During this event, the 2015 IFFD Awards were granted to the High Representative of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, for his work in favor of families worldwide not only in his present position, but also during his years of service to United Nations and his country; and also to the Department of Family, Children, Time Use and the Disabled of the City council of Barcelona, because of their City of Barcelona Family Plan 2013-2016, and especially the programme Barcelona is Family, developed during the past months to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family. More information and pictures: Family Perspective.



At IFFD Headquarters

The “Siempre Chile” Foundation began its 2015 formation course in Spain with a meeting at IFFD headquarters, with Ignacio Socías, Director of International Relations of IFFD.

IFFD in Brussels

On January 26, Ignacio Socías and Eloise Leboutte represented IFFD at a seminar of the Families and Societies project on immigrants. The discussion was very interesting, in that it revealed details of investigations into the overwhelming importance of parents versus schools and the fact that immigration does not affect family stability. A primary conclusion was the need to study the means for promoting “quality parenting.”

During his stay in Brussels, Socías also participated in a fascinating breakfast on the approach of care for the elderly in the EU, considering the roles of the state, the private sector, and families. He met with MEP Arne Gericke, with whom he discussed a possible collaboration on a project to promote work-family balance in the EU, and possible training assignments with young people interested in international institutions and family policy.

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.

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.

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 40

Where values are first learnt. Impact of the family in the socialization process

[1st March 2015]

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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.
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