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SOLIDAR is a European network of NGOs working to advance social justice in Europe and worldwide. "With 60 member organisations based in 27 countries (22 of which are EU countries), member organisations are national NGOs in Europe, as well as as some non-EU and EU-wide organisations, working in one or more of our fields of activity...SOLIDAR was founded in 1948 to encourage international cooperation between social aid organisations connected to the labour movement. First know as International Workers' Aid the organisation set up its headquarters in Brussels in 1995 and was renamed SOLIDAR." [1] In 1948, SOLIDAR was founded by the Committees of the Socialist International. WA strengthened its external role, creating links to the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and gaining recognition as an international non-governmental organisation by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in 1973, by the European Council in 1984 and by the European Communities in 1985.


Accessed May 2014: [2]

SOLIDAR has 60 members covering 27 countries, 21 of which are EU countries. There are 38 full member organisations in the SOLIDAR network:

  • Alianza por la Solidaridad, Spain
  • AOF Denmark
  • AOF Norway
  • Arbetarnas Bildningsförbund (ABF), Sweden
  • Association Européenne des Droits de l’Homme (AEDH), EU
  • Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund (ASB) Germany
  • Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund (ASB) Austria
  • Arbeiterwohlfahrt (AWO), Germany
  • Arbeiterwohlfahrt International, Germany
  • ARCI, Italy
  • Auser, Italy
  • Baltic Platform comprising:
  • Johannes Mihkelsoni Keskus (JMK), Estonia
  • Riga Education and Science Workers Trade Union, Latvia
  • Lithuanian Labour Education Society (LLES), Lithuania
  • Centres d’Entraînement aux Méthodes d’Education Active (CEMEA), France
  • CGIL-International Cooperation Network, Italy
  • Community Service Volunteers (CSV), UK
  • Féderation Européenne de l’Education et la Culture (FEEC), France
  • Fagligt Internationalt Center (FIC), Denmark
  • Fos-Socialistische Solidariteit (FOS), Belgium
  • General Federation of Trade Unions (GFTU), UK
  • Humanitas, The Netherlands
  • International Federation of Workers’ Education Associations (IFWEA)
  • Institute for Social Integration, Bulgaria
  • Instituto Sindical de Cooperacion al Desarrollo (ISCOD), Spain
  • Istituto Sindacale di Cooperazione allo Sviluppo (ISCOS), Italy
  • International Solidarity Foundation (ISF), Finland
  • La Liga Espanola de la Educación y la Cultura Popular, Spain
  • La Ligue de l’Enseignement, France
  • Movimiento por la Paz (MPDL), Spain
  • Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA), Norway
  • Olof Palme International Center (OPIC), Sweden
  • Solidar Suisse, Switzerland
  • Solidarité Laïque, France
  • Trade Union Solidarity Centre (SASK), Finland
  • TSL - Workers Educational Association, Finland
  • Volkshilfe, Austria
  • War On Want, UK
  • Workers Educational Association (WEA), UK

See SOLIDAR’s Affiliated Member Organisations...



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  1. SOLIDAR About, organizational web page, accessed May 8, 2014.
  2. SOLIDAR Members, organizational web page, accessed May 8, 2014.