Policy recommendations for Europe

Policy recommendations for Europe

A booklet with policy recommendations and other interesting resources has been published by the FamiliesAndSocietes project and is being distributed to the different entities in the European Union, United Nations and other international bodies. FamiliesAndSocieties is the most important research project on the family being carried out within the framework of the European Union. The project, funded by the Seventh Framework Programme of the EU, has the support of 25 academic institutions in 15 countries. Its civil society representative is IFFD. In Working Paper 74 of the project, IFFD presents a compendium of practices illustrating a structural framework of a diverse range of needs, such as education, economic inclusion and security, opportunity and respect, intergenerational connectivity and work-family reconciliation. Read Working Paper:...
National convention in Portugal

National convention in Portugal

CENOFA, the association which coordinates IFFD’s courses in Portugal, held a national meeting in Fatima on April 1, which brought together moderators and promotors of IFFD courses from from Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto, Braga, Tomar, Guimarães and Viseu. They received training on the IFFD methodology, and shared experiences and best practices on giving and coordinating...
Event on Intergenerational Relations at the UN

Event on Intergenerational Relations at the UN

The Hungarian Mission to the United Nations, in collaboration with the International Federation for Family Development (IFFD), hosted the full-house side event entitled ‘Intergenerational relations in an ageing world’ on 4 April 2017, on the occasion of the 50th session of the UN Commission on Population and Development. The aim of this event was to share good practices and ideas to help people of all ages feel completely integrated and valued. Speakers were policymakers, academic experts and members of civil society. Government delegations from several countries and numerous civil society organizations attended the event. Read more:...
IFFD Paper 63. Getting bigger or getting better?

IFFD Paper 63. Getting bigger or getting better?

What is the relation between development, expansion, prosperity and education? A superficial reading of the 2030 Agenda can give the impression that eradicating poverty is what really matters, as if sustainability had to do only with the present generation. The very essence of sustainable development has to do not only with meeting “the needs of the present”, but also “without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” in its three dimensions –environment, society, and economy, especially in the way we face the growth in cities. That is why education for sustainable development is so important, because it calls for solutions to make the world more livable for this and future generations. Download Paper...
IFFD Spain Summit 2017

IFFD Spain Summit 2017

Madrid was once again the setting for the IFFD Spain Summit, the annual meeting of Family Enrichment coordinators and moderators of IFFD courses from all around the country. The meeting, held on March 25, brought together directors of Family Enrichment centers from 26 regions of the 32 in which IFFD delivers courses. The board of directors presented the objectives for 2017, which are principally to grow in terms of the quality and quantity of courses offered. Last year, IFFD coordinated 261 courses, with a total of over 9,000 participants. The event included a talk by international communications strategy expert Gustavo Entrala, a practical session on moderating case studies, and some very participative panel sessions on good practices for coordinating and promoting...
Fist Steps in Belarus

Fist Steps in Belarus

On March 11, the second session of the IFFD program First Steps was held in Minsk, the capital of Belarus. This course for parents with children from 0 to 3 years started on January 28 with a group of seven enthusiastic families. Local promoters are being supported by IFFD moderators from Poland and Russia to deliver the sessions. In the coming months, they would like to expand the program in the country by promoting IFFD courses in another Belarus city,...
Expanding in Lebanon

Expanding in Lebanon

A new program has been launched in a new Lebanese town. IFFD course coordinators in Lebanon started the program “First Decisions” in Jounieh, a coastal city about 16 km north of Beirut. The material and the sessions are being delivered in Arabic, which helps participants to participate fully in the courses as they can speak in their native language. It is the beginning of a new era for Family Enrichment in Lebanon and a big step forward for the future of Family Enrichment in Arabic...
IFFD Paper 62. Apt to be overlooked

IFFD Paper 62. Apt to be overlooked

Unpaid work is apt to be overlooked in economic valuations but holds great worth for individuals and society and can be a source of joy and fulfillment for many. Within the household and community, activities of this nature include various services related to the care of oneself and others. Some of this work is related to the everyday functioning of all households cleaning, cooking and fetching water and firewood. But a substantial portion relates to the care of others  about 2 billion children for example. Many adults may also need to be looked after to some degree older people (people over age 80 now number around 120 million), those living with disabilities (estimated at about a billion) and the sick (for example, many of the 37 million living with HIV/AIDS). Download Paper...
European Meeting for Family Enrichment Leaders in Paris

European Meeting for Family Enrichment Leaders in Paris

IFFD held a meeting with the European coordinators of Family Enrichment courses in Paris on Saturday, February 18th, 2017. Around 200 people, including directors, moderators and collaborators of Family Enrichment courses from 24 European countries and 3 invited Asian countries (Israel, Kazakhstan and Lebanon) took part in the meeting. It was a wonderful opportunity for them to share experiences, receive training and propose good practices to help increase the quality and quantity of courses...
IFFD Awards

IFFD Awards

IFFD Family Awards were presented during the IFFD Briefing which has been held on February 8th at the UN Headquarters during the fifty-fifth session of the Commission for Social Development. IFFD Awards are presented to the person or entity distinguished by the promotion of family values during the past year. Congratulations to the awardees! Ms. Donna Butts, Executive Director of Generations United; National Population and Family Development Board, Ministry of Women, Family and Com. Dev. of Malaysia; and Ministry for the Family and Social Development of Malta. Read more: http://www.familyperspective.o...