European Contact Group - Ecumenical Network for Economic and Social Action (ECG)

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History

1965, under the name European Contact Group for Church and Society, as the regional group for Western Europe of World Council of Churches (WCC), within Unit II as part of the network of Urban Rural Mission. Previously referred to as European Contact Group on Urban Industrial Mission (ECG) -- Communauté européenne de travail Eglise et société industrielle -- Europäische Arbeitsgemeinschaft Kirche und Arbeitswelt.

Aims

Reflect on the responses of the Churches to urban industrial society; develop Urban Industrial and Rural Mission (UIRM) work by the exchange of ideas, experience and through training staff members; enable UIRM groups to meet around areas of common interest and concern; organize specific programmes of bi- and multi-lateral exchanges of workers, activists and community leaders; support all those who struggle for a more just society, especially the marginalized; develop new UIRM initiatives in Central and Eastern Europe.

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Activities

Promotion and evaluation of training courses, workshops and other training events; participation in VETURI international network for new initiatives in diaconal training; specific training for central and eastern Europe; organisation of personal study and sabbatical leave. Main action-research and learning programmes: Workplace and employment/unemployment based activity; Urban and rural locality, community and local economy based activity. Information and documentation service.

Structure

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Languages

English, French, German.

Staff

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Financing

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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 8 non-governmental organizations.
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Publications

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Members

Members in 27 countries
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Type I Classification

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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 10: Reduced Inequality

UIA Org ID

E8606

Last News Received

2014
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