The Institute for Family Policies (IFP) is an civil
organisation non dependent on any government, party or religious organisation. It is
registered in the spanish National Associations Registry Office with nr. 167.535.
was an initiative of a group of people aware of the gap existing in the
field of promoting and helping the family before the public opinion and the decision
makers, and highlighting the need of building up sinergies between different family
organisations both at a national and international level. In the year 2000, IFP was born
to fill these gaps.
Our purpose is therefore to
increase the awareness towards the recognition of the key role of the family among policy
and decision makers, as well as the general public, by means of generating proposals and
alternatives, cooperating for social development, and promoting the dialogue and network
building between institutions sharing our aims, either at a national or international
The Institute has a national scope of performance but aspires to develop at both a
European and Latinamerican scale, for which we are working together with similar
organisations in different european and american countries.
The Institute will is being a driving force for the adoption of an authentic family policy
at every scale (local, regional, national and supranational). With this aim, we study and
analyse the family institution and its diverse challenges, threats and opportunities,
contributing proposals and alternatives to solve their main difficulties.
is willing to support other family organisations in order to join efforts for achieving
their purpose. At the moment it belongs to the National Platform Spanish Forum on
Family (Foro Español de la Familia) as well as to the Civic Platform for
the Promotion of the Family (PROFAM) in Madrid Region.
The Institute carries out several activities, such as contributing up-to-date analysis and
proposals to the different governments, partys and political administrations; offering
consulting services through internet; and organizing courses, seminars and training
sessions for experience and good practices sharing and popularizing.
Family knowledge: to study and analyse the
family Institution contributing proposals and alternatives to its diverse challenges,
threats and opportunities.
Family empowerment: to impel a greater
sensibility both in society and in the public administrations on the role of the family,
addressing national and local priorities to deal with family issues.
Social protection: to promote the social and
cultural development of women, as well as the defense of the children and the elderly
Human rights: to denounce transgressions that
attempt against the family and its members.
for Development: to develop cooperation projects with private or public
institutions, both of national and international scope, with special regard to the
European Union and America.
Dialogue and communication: To promote the
intercultural dialogue between people, associations and either national or international
organizations, creating networks for this purpose.
- To contribute up-to-date analysis, proposals and solutions
to the different governments, political administrations and parties in order to help them
in the decision making on family policies and programs.
- Using media to disseminate information in order to draw
attention to family issues, gaining the maximum diffusion and incidence for the
proposals sustained by the Institute.
- Research on family issues and repport ellaboration.
- Collect data on the family through various surveys
- Disseminate the results through the publication of
books, broachures and repports.
- Organize courses, seminars and training sessions.
- To promote a family perspective in state
- To improve general awareness of and sensitivity to
the real strengths and needs of families.
- To create family-friendly societal conditions that
favour families and support their functioning.
- To reinforce the family values, such as love, unity,
solidarity, fraternity, mutual collaboration, intergenerational cooperation,...
And therefore, generating a greater commitment of society in
the task of family empowerment.
They are based mainly on Campaigns devoted to raising Family
Commitment in society, addressing both:
- Global aspects of the family: the importance of the
institution and the vital role of families in society, emphasizing the Annual Day of
Families on 15 May.
- Particular aspects: better manage of work and family
responsabilities, family-supportive workplaces, the role of women, rights of the children
and the elderly.
DIALOGUE AND NETWORK BUILDING
- The Intercultural dialogue between either individual
people or institutions, mainly at a European and American scope, promoting a better
understanding of the family within the diversity of cultures.
- Creation of networks both with people and
institutions belonging to these two continents or wherever other part of the world.
- Seminars, meetings and different exchange experiences
that allow either people or institutions to contact among them and to generate academic,
cultural and human shearing.
- Website on the family providing:
- Access to a broad range of information on activities, documents and
research repports, both by the IFP or any other qualified institution.
- Contact between family institutions through forums, debates, chats,
- To develop projects aiming the implementation of
family policies in those countries where these are lacking or insufficient.
- To emphasize the family perspective in development
cooperation, ensuring that projects are evaluated with regard for their impacts
- To support the creation of expert teams helping to
start up the different projects for cooperation on social development.
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