The key objectives of the group have been to promote the participation of people experiencing poverty and advance towards a more participative democracy and better governance. Main activities of the group have been to exchange and pull together the experiences of National Networks on participation of people experiencing poverty, and to ensure that the European Meetings of People Experiencing Poverty have an impact on national policy initiatives to reduce poverty.

In the Strategic Plan 2008-2011, EAPN members decided to address the question of financing for National Networks (NNs). To start addressing this question, a Planning Group on Sustainable Financing for National Networks was established. The Group will look at the challenges NNs face in fundraising and develop proposals to help them overcome these challenges.