The LWF Department for World Service works through strategic partnerships and networks that are guided by internationally recognized codes, principles, and guidelines in humanitarian assistance and international development.

Our partnerships are grounded in a respect for each other along with mutual responsibility and accountability.

We always aim to define clear roles and responsibilities in each relationship, and to communicate openly and honestly.

ACT Alliance

We are a founding member of the ACT Alliance – one of over 130 church-related organizations responding together to human need and addressing injustice. We often take the lead when ACT members respond to a crisis on the ground or advocate for human rights and sustainable change.

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Ecumenical partners

The LWF works with ecumenical networks and other Christian churches in emergency response, development, and advocacy initiatives. We also partner with international and national actors within the ecumenical family. In countries where there is no LWF member church, ecumenical partners are often central to our work.

Related agencies

We partner with agencies of LWF member churches in humanitarian assistance and development. We plan and implement programs together, do joint advocacy and share staff.

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United Nations agencies

We work closely together with different UN agencies to support vulnerable groups like refugees, displaced persons and children. We are one of UNHCR’s largest global partners, and implement UN programs in food security, food for work, and water and sanitation.

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Institutional partners

We implement projects funded by different institutional partners such as the European Commission and the United States Department of State. This work supports refugees, victims of conflict, stateless people and other vulnerable groups in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Global Networks

We participate in a number of international humanitarian networks and organizations. These partnerships are key to our efforts to ensure and improve humanitarian accountability, advocacy, and quality.

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Local and national actors

Local community based organizations (CBOs) and national non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are strategic partners of our country programs.

Local actors are often affiliated with local or national churches, other faith-based groups, or secular community organizations.

We believe our collaboration with local organizations is critical to ensure that programs are appropriate to the context, as well as effective and sustainable.

We help empower local groups and community networks to fulfill their roles in civil society.


LWF member churches

LWF member churches are operational partners on the ground in meeting human needs.

In the coming years, we will seek closer cooperation with member churches in countries most vulnerable to natural disasters and complex emergencies in order to build up a strong capacity for emergency preparedness and response.

This is done in cooperation with the LWF’s Department for Mission and Development, responsible for the accompaniment of and capacity development in the member churches.