SOLIDAR was founded in 1948 to encourage international cooperation between social aid organisations connected to the labour movement. First known as International Workers’ Aid the organisation set up its headquarters in Brussels in 1995 and was renamed SOLIDAR.
SOLIDAR is now a European and worldwide network of progressive civil society organisations (CSOs) working to advance social justice and sustainable development in Europe and worldwide. Since its origins, SOLIDAR has been strongly linked to progressive civil society, labour movement organisations and progressive parties. Today, it brings together more than 50 member organisations, representing millions of citizens in Europe.
SOLIDAR organises its work in three main fields of activity: European Social Affairs; International Cooperation; Education and Lifelong Learning.
In addition, SOLIDAR is a member of the largest European networks related to the above-mentioned fields of activity either in the steering committees or with key representation in other wars, such as: the SOCIAL PLATFORM, CONCORD, SDG Watch Europe, the Lifelong Learning Platform and Civil Society Europe.