The European Commission's Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO), formerly the European Community Humanitarian Office, is one of the world’s largest providers of funds for humanitarian aid operations.
The LWF has been implementing ECHO-funded projects for the past 20 years in a range of sectors including water and sanitation, food aid, and shelter. Program countries have included Cambodia, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, and India.
We partner with ECHO primarily through our related agencies, including Church of Sweden, DanChurchAid, Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe, and FinnChurchAid.
In February 2013, the LWF regained its Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA) status with ECHO, which will enable us to pursue direct funding applications with ECHO in the future.
The European Commission's Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation, EuropeAid is responsible for designing European Union development policies and delivering aid through programs and projects across the world.
The LWF has been accessing EuropeAid funds through our related agencies including DanChurchAid and the Church of Sweden.
This has included funding for projects in Colombia, Ethiopia, Mauritania, Nepal, South Sudan, and Uganda.
The Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (BPRM) of the United States Department of State provides aid and sustainable solutions for refugees, victims of conflict, and stateless people around the world.
The LWF has been implementing BPRM-funded projects with refugees for the past 15 years, primarily through US-based Lutheran World Relief. Through this partnership, we have supported refugees in Kenya, Djibouti, Mauritania, and Nepal, and returnees in South Sudan.
As part of our funding diversification strategy, LWF World Service is now registered with the US Department of State and able to pursue direct applications to BPRM in the future.