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    The German Association for Public and Private Welfare (Deutscher Verein für öffentliche und private Fürsorge e.V.) is the joint forum of municipalities and non-statutory social welfare organisations and their social services in Germany, private commercial enterprises, the Länder (federal states) and academia in all fields of social work, social policy and social law. ...mehr

Expectations of the German Association regarding the German Federal Government for its presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2020


On 1 July 2020, the Federal Republic of Germany will assume the presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU). The German Association for Public and Private Welfare (Deutscher Verein für öffentliche und private Fürsorge e.V.) expects Germany to use its role to advocate for a social Europe in the Council and equally in the dialogue with the European Commission. To strengthen the European Union’s social dimension, from the German Association’s viewpoint, it is important to secure full implementation of the ‘European Pillar of Social Rights’ (EPSR), structural funding that takes into account the rights and principles of the EPSR, a new EU gender equality strategy with a broad approach and initiatives to extend EU anti-discrimination rules. Successful elements of the “Europe 2020” strategy, especially the social key objectives, need to be continued in a new EU strategy for economic policy management from 2021. The German Association calls for national, regional and local interests and the interests of civil society to be broadly incorporated in the European process of shaping policy, in order to further strengthen acceptance of the European project amongst the citizens of the EU in future.
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Picture: Michael Löher, Cornelia Markowski and Christian Fillet

ESN President Christian Fillet visits the German Association


On October 17, 2019, Michael Löher, Managing Director, welcomed the President of the European Social Network (ESN), Christian Fillet, to the German Association. The meeting took place on the occasion of the inaugural meeting of the ESN Working Group on the Digitalisation of Social Services, which was hold in the German Association from 17 to 18 October 2019. Over the next two years, the new working group, in which the German Association will contribute its expertise, will deal with digital solutions in data and case management, technology-driven services, assistive technologies and the use of artificial intelligence in social services throughout Europe.

There was also an exchange on the preparations for ESN's "European Social Services Conference", which will take place in Hamburg from 8 to 10 July 2020.

The German Association is one of 120 members in over 35 European countries of the ESN. ESN represents the interests of local social services, mainly from the public sector, in Brussels. In addition, the network relies strongly on the international exchange of good practice experience of its members.

Picture: Team ISS

ISS Network Meeting in Paris


The Governing Board of the network of International Social Service (ISS) met in Paris from 21st until 23rd October 2019. Ursula Rölke, director of International Social Service Germany (ISD) within the German Association, who is currently the head of directors of the Member Organisations of the worldwide network, took part in the meeting. Topics on the agenda included, among others, the planning for the next few years as well as the 100 Year Anniversary of ISS in 2024.

Members of ICSW Europe in front of the Free Universitiy of Moldova (ULIM), © ICSW Europe

ICSW Europe is facing east this year - General Assembly in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova



On June 14, 2019, ICSW Europe, a pan-European network of welfare and social development organizations and institutions, convened for its annual General Assembly. In addition to the regulations, advising on the strategic direction of ICSW Europe for the next 3-4 years is on the agenda. The subject of the debate also will be the expectations and other resources of the ICSW members for joint activities at international level. E.g.: The series of "three-country meetings" on specific socio-political questions in a country comparison, in which also the German Association as an ICSW member every two years actively participates, will be continued.

The day before, a professional exchange with representatives of the Moldovan project "Casa Mare" and the Free University of Chisinau took place. Both organizations represent the ICSW in the Republic of Moldova. As this year's host of the General Assembly, they give an insight into their work and talked about all their efforts to professionalize social work in the transition country Moldova. The need for social workers in Moldova is high, as poverty and social exclusion have been widespread over the last 30 years as a result of the country's economic decline as a result of the declaration of independence against the USSR. The recognition of social work professions, on the other hand, is unfortunately very low, due to its low recognition during the Soviet era. The German Association was able to contribute its expertise and current assessments of social development in Germany into the European dialogue of its network partners.

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