European Anti Poverty Network

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The European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) is the largest European network of national, regional and local networks, involving anti-poverty NGOs and grassroot groups as well as European Organisations, active in the fight against poverty and social exclusion. It was established in 1990.

Our network

At present, EAPN is a network of 31 national networks of voluntary organisations and grassroots groups and 13 European organisations. See our members’ page.

The membership of EAPN is involved in a variety of activities aimed at combating poverty and social exclusion including, education and training activities, service provision and activities aimed at the participation and empowerment of people experiencing poverty and social exclusion.

Together, the membership of EAPN aims to put the fight against poverty high on the agenda of the EU and to ensure cooperation at EU level aimed at the eradication of poverty and social exclusion.

Our work is carried out by our members, split into specific statutory entities and task forces. These groups feed into our European level work their national perspectives, individual expertise or the specific focus of the European organisation they are affiliated to.

EAPN has consultative status with the Council of Europe, and is a founding member of the Social Platform (Platform of European Social NGOs)

Our mission

In order to achieve our ambitions, we have set ourselves the following mission:

  • To promote and enhance the effectiveness of actions to eradicate poverty and prevent social exclusion
  • To raise awareness around poverty and social exclusion
  • To empower the people living in poverty and social exclusion
  • To lobby for and with people and groups facing poverty and social exclusion. EAPN includes the objectives of gender equality and non discrimination in all its areas of work

EAPN includes the objectives of gender equality and non discrimination in all its areas of work.

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