This summer has been busy with the launch of the calls for three different NEF initiatives: JAFOWA, Fikra and FutureLab. EPIM has now a system of open calls of proposals on a rolling basis, so the enlarged team (with 5 staff members now in the Secretariat) has its hands full.

By autumn, the initiatives will reap the fruits of their efforts. For those who have launched a first call or who have changed the focus of their calls it will be important to draw the lessons on what has worked well and what had proved challenging so as to refine their strategies.

In October, the Brussels based team, together with Fikra director will attend a workshop on Impact measurement. This will be the opportunity for the programmes developed through NEF to test their theory of change with an expert in evaluation and to train the team. The overarching idea is to strengthen the evaluation practices across NEF incubated programmes.    

The first call for proposals has been launched by the Joint Action for Farmers’ Organisations in West Afria (JAFOWA) for projects on the theme “Reinforcing provision of sustainable services for small-scale rural entrepreneurs”. It focuses on Burkina Faso, Ghana and Senegal in a first place.

Already 44 community projects have benefitted from the Tunisia Joint Fund (FIKRA) and another 15 will be supported through the third call for proposals for the North West region which will close in September.

Futurelab Europe has operated some strategical changes for its sixth edition: FutureLab Europe supports young Europeans in their active citizenship within their communities.
For its 2017 edition, FutureLab Europe is looking for 20 bright and committed young Europeans who want to play a role in the future of Europe by implementing a project with a civic impact. The call will be closed in September.

In the framework of its fund on Messaging and Strategic Communication, EPIM selected 5 pan-European civil society organisations (CSOs) to build their communication capacities and explore ways of reaching out to the broader public on migration issues. The one-year pilot phase starts in September 2016 with the potential to continue. The CSOs include Migration Policy Group (MPG), Doctors of the World International Network, Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM), European Network on Statelessness and Caritas Europa. EPIM is currently looking for a consultant Strategic Communications Advisor on Migration to strengthen the organisations’ capacity and provide expert support.

In the context of EPIMs sub-funded project “Never Alone –Building our future with children and youth arriving in Europe” (Children on the Move), four country programmes are currently being implemented in the focus countries Italy, Greece, Germany and Belgium.
EFID partner foundations are currently thinking about the next stage of the programme and the upcoming SC meeting in Paris in September will be instrumental for the decision making.
The Children and Violence Evaluation Challenge Fund (CVECF) is currently preparing its next call for proposals, which will focus on the East African region (with a focus on Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda). This call aims to support strategic evaluation research projects that will contribute to regional and national efforts to move the violence against children agenda forward.

The East Africa Children’s Fund (EACF) is active and after a year of operation it starts looking at implementing its base in Uganda, which will consequently give the fund a legal status and a regional office in Uganda.

With support of a consulting firm with expertise in philanthropy and donor collaboration, the Elevate Children Funders Group (ECFG) is conducting a new 3-year strategic plan. Given the fact that the Secretariat is now US based, ECFG will start with a new fiscal sponsor from the USA.

The European Practice Exchange on Deradicalisation (EPEX) project is organising `job-shadowing visits´ which will offer practitioners the opportunity to assess each other’s practice by hosting or visiting other participating colleagues.

Since their evaluation and planning in the last year, everything goes as planned for the European Fund for the Balkans (EFB). In the meantime, one of its projects "Vicinities" has received the European Citizenship Award from the partnership European Civic Forum and Volonteurope.

NEF Calendar 2016

16th September
EFB - Steering Committee Meeting

20th September
EFID - Steering Committee Meeting

21st October
Steering Committee Meeting



Foundations and partners interested in collaborating on current initiatives, or who would like to initiate others, are invited to contact the NEF secretariat.

FutureLab Europe Programme

The Reunion 27-29 November 2016 will bring an official end to the previous phase and launch the beginning of a new one, starting with the arrival of the 6th generation in January 2017
This new funding period introduces a new format of the programme: While the main aim is still the encouragement of active citizenship in Europe, some of the programme’s objectives have been adapted. For its 2017 edition, FutureLab Europe is looking for 20 bright and committed young Europeans who want to play a role in the future of Europe by implementing a project with a civic impact. Projects ideas can include (but are not limited to!) a blog series, volunteering activities, a picture exhibition, artwork, short movie, school visits, a series of debates.
As of now, FutureLab Europe connects 105 participants from 28 European countries – EU-member states as well as non-member states. Since the second half of 2014, the work of FLE has been focused on the three core questions concerning democratic values in Europe, equal opportunities for young people, and European identity.
While the broad contours of the topics will remain the same, FutureLab Europe wants now to emphasise on young people’s take on these issues, their own approach, and their role in turning these issues into concrete projects and initiatives. Concretely, the focal topics have been adapted as follows:
  1. Democratic values in Europe – What can we, as young Europeans, do to ensure that Europe’s democratic values are at the basis of our societies?
  2. Equal opportunities for young people – How can we, as young people, overcome the multiple barriers we face and ensure that our society and economy offer the same opportunity to all of us?
  3. European identity – Has European identity meaning for us as young people and how can we contribute to further foster it?
Europe is seen a multi-level governance system and European democracy often starts at the grassroots level. However, policy-makers appear to be disconnected from citizens’ daily considerations. FutureLab Europe seeks to tackle this disconnection and will now focus on how to encourage and support young Europeans in their active citizenship that starts at their level, in their communities.
Two milestones will pave the way ahead: To start with, a FLE Reunion, on 27-29 November 2016, will bring the different generations together and further foster discussions on young people’s disengagement in institutionalised democracy.  This will also build a bridge between some previous work, such as the 2016 Spring publication on the emergence of a new democracy in Europe and how to bring citizens back to the centre of the decision-making.
A public event at the Reunion, bringing Futurelabbers, youth leaders and highly ranking speakers such as Members of the European Parliament and academics together, will form the practical connection between Europe’s governance and young citizens, and will certainly contribute to have a lively discussion on the topic. Then, for the sixth edition, selected participants will convene to Brussels in February 2017 for a 4 days seminar on occasion of the FutureLab Europe Annual Forum, whereby they will become official members of FutureLab Europe. At the same time, they will have the chance to interact with international decision-makers, meet FutureLab Europe’s members of the previous generations, learn more about active citizenship and project management, develop ideas and take actions on how their own projects will be implemented during the rest of the year.

NEF is looking forward to this newly directed programme and the beginning of an exciting new phase.

Other News

Never Alone - Building our future with children and youth arriving in Europe

The In the context of EPIM’s sub-fund “Never Alone –Building our future with children and youth arriving in Europe” which is supporting long-term perspectives and protection for children on the move in Europe, four country programmes have been rolled out in Italy, Greece, Germany and Belgium.
In Greece, three civil society organisations’ projects are being supported to strengthen identification, protection and awareness of unaccompanied and separated children and youth in the country. 30 public-private partnership initiatives have been shortlisted in Italy where some of these projects will be selected for grants in the end of the year to address integration and autonomy of unaccompanied and separated children and youth. In Germany, four projects dedicated to the participation and integration of unaccompanied and separated children and youth have already been selected with more initiatives to be identified and supported over the months to come. Five projects in Belgium will lay particular focus on the reception and the transition to autonomy for unaccompanied and separated youth.

EPIM also supports civil society organisations in their efforts to be involved in ongoing policy processes at EU level and to form strong partnerships and coalitions among the variety of organisations concerned with the situation of children on the move in Europe. An EU-level call for proposals is in preparation to be published in fall 2016. Finally, a comprehensive European capacity development programme connects EPIM-funded projects and similar initiatives in European countries and fosters the exchange of knowledge among local, national and regional levels.

Together with EPIM’s thirteen Partner Foundations, eleven additional foundations support this sub-fund.

Board of Directors

Chair   Luc Tayart de Borms
Managing Director, King Baudouin Foundation

Vice- Chair   Franz Karl Prüller
Member of the Board of ERSTE Stiftung

Treasurer   Dominique Lemaistre
Director, Fondation de France

Secretary   Rui Esgaio
Director of the President’s Office, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

Member   Piero Gastaldo
Secretary General, Compagnia di San Paolo

Member   Joachim Rogall
Executive Director, Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH

Member ex officio   Peggy Saïller
Executive Director, NEF


NEF General Assembly 2016

Bernard van Leer Foundation   The Netherlands
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation   USA – UK Branch
Compagnia di San Paolo   Italy
ERSTE Stiftung   Austria
European Cultural Foundation   The Netherlands
European Foundation Centre (observer)   Belgium
Fondation de France   France
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian   Portugal
Institusjonen Fritt Ord   Norway
King Baudouin Foundation   Belgium
Körber Stiftung   Germany
Robert Bosch Stiftung   Germany
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