interdiac was officially launched in December 2008 as a non-profit educational organisation to promote learning, networking, and research & development for diaconia & social action in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, including all the newly independent states and Russia.
interdiac was founded after consultation about training and development needs with many partners across the region. The first steps were taken by Silesian Diaconia, Czech Republic, Diak (Diaconia University of Applied sciences), Finland and the Helsinki Deaconess Institute, Finland.
interdiac already has 14 partner organisations across the region and welcomes new partners who share its aims and values.
interdiac aims to develop programmes which meet the needs of the region for the development of knowledge and skills for diaconia and social action.
interdiac learning programmes are continuously being developed in collaboration with the partner organisations and are offered at seminars and workshops in their living contexts across the region. In this way interdiac build networks and support to ensure that the learning is relevant.
interdiac has launched a Double Degree programme in Social services, with a focus on Diaconia and Christian social practice. To support this, a partnership has been developed with the Diaconia University of Applied Sciences, Finland (Diak) and Charles University, Protestant Theological Faculty (PTF), Czech Republic. The programme is accredited by both universities.
interdiac emphasises participatory approaches to learning and invites all those who share its aims to join in developing the programme and structure of the new Academy