Who We Are The Lutheran World Federation
The Lutheran World Federation Department for World Service
The Lutheran World Federation, a Christian Servant in the World
Founded in 1947 and headquartered in Geneva, the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) is a communion that unites 68.3 million Lutheran Christians in 78 countries. Through the LWF, Lutherans worldwide strengthen their witness in
  • humanitarian assistance
  • theology
  • peace and human rights
  • mission development
  • ecumenical (interchurch) relations
The Department for World Service (DWS) is the LWF agency that provides global humanitarian and development services for the benefit of the most marginalized and vulnerable people irrespective of race, sex, creed, nationality, or political conviction.

DWS works in 37 countries in Africa, the Caribbean, Central and South America, South and Southeast Asia, and south central Europe. All work starts in response to emergencies at the invitation of local partners. DWS pursues the long-term goals of sustainability, empowerment, advocacy, and capacity building.

DWS works within a network of partners with shared values. Some of these are ecumenical partners, some are humanitarian partners, and some are UN agency partners.

For more information about the LWF and DWS, visit < www.lutheranworld.org >