Our Approach

Our Approach

Our Strategy

Our Strategic Plan for 2020 – 2023 is to build a global knowledge community which facilitates global co-operation between worker educators so as to advance the frontiers of knowledge, education methodology and practises of democratic worker organisations promoting freedom, justice and equality for all.

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Our Constitution

Memorandum of Incorporation of IFWEA

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IFWEA’s core budget is derived from the affiliation fees of its member organisations. The Secretariat and programme activities are supported by members’ donations and grants from development agencies. During its existence of 73 years, IFWEA has received funding from the European Union (EU); International Labour Organisation (ILO); United Nations UNESCO); solidarity support agencies in Norway, Finland, the Netherlands and the UK; Friedrich Ebert Stiftung; War on Want; Oxfam, DFID; and the UK Community Fund. The Olof Palme International Center (OPIC) is currently the core funding partner of IFWEA, and supports IFWEA’s Strategic Programme.

2019 Conference

The IFWEA 23rd General Conference was held in Cape Town, South Africa from 2 – 4 December 2019. With the slogan Education for Social Change: Popular, not Populist as the theme IFWEA once again committed itself to providing educational and methodological support for trade unions, and supporting new formations and associations such as community based organisations and member based organisations who are working to improve livelihoods, socio-economic and political protections for vulnerable workers.

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