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 partners and donors

Joint effort for those in need

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

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. The alliance provides the ecumenical movement with structures to mobilize rapidly in response to disasters – and to improve collaboration on development and advocacy issues. The LWF is often a leading ACT member on the ground in emergency and humanitarian response, and helps provide leadership through the ACT governance.

The United Nations High Commissariat for Refugees (UNHCR) works to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. The LWF has a long-standing history and partnership with UNHCR. Currently, we are their fifth largest partner globally, supporting 1.4 million refugees in 2012. Our work with UNHCR includes refugee camp management, shelter, food distribution, water and sanitation, education, and community services – including support to host communities. We also engage in efforts to build peace, security, and protection for vulnerable groups. In addition, we advocate for pro-refugee policies at the national and international level. The LWF partners with UNHCR in 13 countries, being its 4th largest implementing partner.

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.

The Church of Sweden (CoS) is engaged in international mission and diaconia. Along with various partners, it works long-term on economic justice, peace, democracy and human rights, HIV and AIDS, disaster relief, climate and the environment, the church worldwide and Rural development. It participates in emergency relief work and pursues the work of shaping and influencing public opinion. We partner with the Church of Sweden in Central America and South Sudan.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), an LWF member church,  is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with about 4 million members in nearly 10,000 congregations across the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The ELCA is also active in humanitarian work. Together with the ELCA Malaria campaign we are implementing Malaria awareness and prevention in Jonglei state.

With more than 2 million Christians in 1,400 congregations, the Evangelical Church of Württemberg is one of the biggest LWF member churches in Germany. The church is very active in development aid and has been supporting LWF work in Mauretania for three years. Their focus  is vocational training for young people and psychosocial support in Mbera camp and the surrounding communities.

The Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission (FELM) has been bearing responsibility for human well-being throughout its existence. Based on Christian values, since 1859 their work has included provision of various services, such as health care and education. Today, this is referred to as development cooperation.
Finnish society has had confidence in FELM and the work they do for 150 years, which is made visible through the fact that FELM receives donations from both private citizens and the Finnish government. FELM is one of the largest partner organisations working together with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. LWF has been partnering with FELM for many years in various countries. In Mauritania, FELM is especially engaged in fostering education for girls.

Lutheran World Relief (LWR) is a ministry of U.S. Lutherans, serving communities living in poverty overseas.

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is one of the key UN agencies that partner with the LWF to support vulnerable communities and children. Currently, we are implementing UN agency programs including food security, food for work, and water and sanitation projects in South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Mozambique, and Nepal.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, and every young person's potential is fulfilled. UNFPA expands the possibilities for women and young people to lead healthy and productive lives. Since UNFPA started working in 1969, the number – and rate – of women dying from complications of pregnancy or childbirth has been halved. Families are smaller and healthier. Young people are more connected and empowered than ever before. In Maut^ritania, UNFPA is engaged in ensuring nutrition for pregnant women and lactating mothers.

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