IFFD Paper 65. An often untapped potential

IFFD Paper 65. An often untapped potential

This year’s observance of the International Day of Families focused on the role of families and family oriented policies in promoting education and overall well being of their members. In particular, the Day raised awareness of the role of families in promoting early childhood education and lifelong learning opportunities for children and youth. Consequently, the observance also highlighted the importance of parental education for the welfare of children, as developing parental skills have an often untapped potential to contribute to the achievement of sustainable development goal no. 4: “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.” Download Paper...
SDGs & Families Global Project

SDGs & Families Global Project

The opening session of the second Global Meeting of SDGs & Families Project, held in San Jose on 23-25 May, was inaugurated by the President of the Parliament of Costa Rica, Mr. Gonzalo Ramírez Zamora. The meeting gathered not only the members of the global research team, but also the United Nations Focal Point on Family, Mrs. Renata Kaczmarska, and other regional experts. The goal was to assess the development of the project, aimed to define well-being global family indicators. The Deputy Mayor of the Municipality of San Jose, Mrs. Paula Vargas Ramírez, and several experts in family policies of the Municipality intervened in one of the sessions. +...
International Day of Families

International Day of Families

2017 Theme: “Families, education and well-being” The International Day of Families is observed on the 15th of May every year. This year’s observance focuses on the role of families and family-oriented policies in promoting education and overall well-being of their members. The United Nations Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD), in partnership with the Department of Public Information Non-Governmental Organizations (DPI NGO), organized an event on May 18 at UN headquarters in NY to celebrate this International Day. Diego Barroso, member of the Executive Committee of IFFD, gave a speech in this event about “Parental education and family well-being”. The webcast (both live and archived) will be available at: http://webtv.un.org/  (18 May, 11-12:45 NYC time) More information and pictures:...
IFFD Paper 64. Unpaid or invisible?

IFFD Paper 64. Unpaid or invisible?

Women’s rights are human rights and attacks on women are attacks on all of us. That is why we have to respond together, for the women domestic workers who globally do two and a half times as much unpaid work as men. And for the nearly one billion women who will enter the global economy in the next decade. Empowerment will unleash the potential of all these women and girls and they will lead us to a new future. The United Nations and I will personally support you every step of the way. It is true, I have to confess, I am a man, but we need all men to stand up for women’s empowerment. Download Paper...
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,...