The Lutheran World Federation Department for World
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
peace and human rights
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.