Acknowledgements - Annual Report 2021

We are proud of the Eurochild network’s collective achievements in 2021, which would not have been possible without the extraordinary commitment of our management board, secretariat team, members, the children and young people involved in our activities, as well as donors, partners and allies.

We are thankful in particular to:

The Management Board for their leadership and strategic guidance

  • H.E. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, Honorary Member, Malta - President
  • Ljiljana Vasic, Pomoc Deci, Serbia – Treasurer & appointed Vice President
  • Sean O’Neill, Children in Wales, UK - appointed Vice President
  • Mariana Pisarska, National Network for Children, Bulgaria (resigned in October in view of her departure from NNC)
  • Miia Pitkänen, Central Union for Child Welfare, Finland
  • Uroš Brezovšek, Slovenian Association of Friends of Youth, Slovenia
  • Adrian Oros, Hope and Hopes for Children Romania, Romania
  • Julien Vangeertsom, Associate member, Belgium (elected at 2021 General Assembly 17 June)

The Secretariat team

The Secretariat is the ‘engine room’ of the Eurochild network. We thank our staff and interns for their hard work in 2021.

Executive Team
Jana Hainsworth, Secretary General
Valeria Santostefano, Director of Programmes
Andrea Witt, Director of Operations
Axelle Stainier, Director of Finance
Policy, Advocacy and Programmes
Ally Dunhill, Head of Advocacy
Agata D’Addato, Senior Project Manager
Zuzana Konradova, Thematic Coordinator - Children in Alternative Care
Ciaran O'Donnell, Policy & Project Officer
EnricoPaolo Tormen, EU Affairs Officer (until December 2021)

Prerna Humpal, Head of Communications (until December 2021)
Jeta Bejtullahu, Head of Communications (maternity cover to April 2021)
Davide Rambaldi, Communications Officer
Jennifer Traini, Communications Assistant
Child Participation
Mieke Schuurman, Senior Advisor - Child Rights & Safeguarding
Alice Hagger-Vaughan, Child Participation Officer
Jens Ladekarl, Child Participation Assistant (until December 2021)
Fanni Mátyók, Membership & Network Development Officer (until July 2021)
Audrey Liénard, Events & Operations Officer (until October 2021)
Jeremy Seabrook, Finance Assistant (February-September 2021)
Young professionals who contributed through our internship programmes in 2021

Iulita Osichenko, Policy and Advocacy Intern (until 31st May 2021)
Ratchana Olbrich (Nona) from 9th August
Camille Biot, Events and Administration Intern (from October 2021)

The Members of the Eurochild network

Eurochild has 191 members from 35 countries across Europe.  We are grateful to all those who dedicated their precious time to achieve our shared goals. We rely on members’ active engagement to bring about changes in the lives of children all over Europe.

Please consult the list of members in 2021 here.

The Eurochild Children’s Council

  • June, Spain: University of Deusto
  • Milena, Bulgaria: Safer Internet Center
  • Yevhen, Ukraine: EduKids
  • Victor, UK: Children in Wales
  • Kärg, Estonia: Estonian Union for Child Welfare
  • Martina, Malta: The Malta Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society
  • Andreas, Cyprus: PCCPWC - Cyprus Children's Parliament
  • Sioda, Ireland: Children's Right Alliance Ireland (Foróige)
  • Eetu, Finland: Central Union for Child Welfare
  • Petra, Croatia: Society "Our children" Opatija
  • Una, Serbia: Child Rights Centre
  • Ranya, Slovenia: Legal-Informational Centre

Thank you for the inspirational work carried out throughout the year.  Thank you for your ideas and advice and for facilitating the involvement of more children and young people in our activities.

Eurochild’s allies and partners in 2021 for helping us achieving our impact

Our funding partners:

  • European Commission, EMPL.D1: Social Policies, Child Guarantee, Social Protection Committee
  • European Commission, DG Justice, Fundamental Rights Policy Unit
  • OAK Foundation, Prevent Child Sexual Abuse Programme
  • Open Society Foundation – legacy grant from the Early Childhood Programme
  • Martin James Foundation
  • UNICEF Europe & Central Asia Regional Office
  • Tanya’s Dream Fund - a special initiative in memory of Tanya Kovacheva, created by Oak Foundation & sheltered by Swiss Philanthropy Foundation

Umbrella networks and coalitions Eurochild is part of:

  • EU Alliance for Investing in Children
  • Global Coalition to End Child Poverty
  • European Expert Group on the transition from institutional to community-based support
  • European Public Health Alliance
  • Social Platform
  • Child Rights Connect
  • Child Rights Action Group
  • European Anti-Poverty Network
  • Initiative for Children in Migration
  • Civil Society Liaison Group of the EESC

Our consultants:

First Years. First Priority campaign

  • Giorgiana Rosa, Advocacy consultant
  • Jonathan Ellis, Campaigner & trainer
  • Sara Hammerton, Editor of ECD country profiles

DataCare: mapping of data on children in alternative care

  • Mária Herczog, Senior Policy Analyst, Institute for Human Services, Columbus, Ohio, US
  • Florence Koenderink, Independent Researcher
  • Gaspar Fajth, Child Protection Consultant

Governance & code of ethics

  • Snezjana Bokulic, Freelance consultant
  • John Stringer, Berkley Associates

Fundraising & project development

  • Dominic Smith, corporate engagement consultant
  • Alessandro Negro, EU-funded project development

HR review Pascale Charhon, Charhon Consultants

Our contractors & service providers:

  • Design & printing: Page in Extremis, L’Union
  • IT Support: B&B Computer Solutions
  • Accountancy & auditing: Danielle Ost, Danielle Quivy
  • Websites: Wikafi, ACW, L’Union
  • Moderator of General Assembly: Katharina Moser
  • Visual notes: Drawnalism

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