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The Lutheran World Federation

The Lutheran World Federation
150 route de Ferney Case postale 2100
CH-1211 Geneva 2
(+41 22) 791 61 11
(+41 22) 791 66 30

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The LWF has 140 member churches in 78 countries all over the world representing nearly 66.7 million Christians. It acts on behalf of its member churches in areas of common interest such as ecumenical and interfaith relations, theology, humanitarian assistance, human rights, communication, and the various aspects of mission and development work.

Non-governmental and business organizations
71 staff in the Geneva secretariat and around 5000 international and national staff in 32 country programmes in Africa, Asia, the Balkans and Latin America

The Department for World Service (DWS) serves as the international relief, rehabilitation and development agency of the LWF. The DWS operates service programmes in more than thirty-one countries. Its work includes issues such as the environment, human rights, land mines, refugees, training, evaluation, development education and migration and resettlement. The DWS responds to emergencies in collaboration with Action by Churches Together (ACT), a worldwide network of churches and agencies.

Current activities of the Sustainable Development and the Environment desk of the DWS focus on key areas such as food security (including organic agriculture and the implications of genetically modified organisms); water and soil conservation; the interrelation of trade and development; the impact of HIV/AIDS on the sustainability of communities; and the promotion of community-based competencies such as micro-finance. This work is carried out in close coordination and consultation with all interested stakeholders, mainly LWF field offices, related agencies, grassroots organizations and LWF member churches.


with Action by Churches Together (ACT), the World Council of Churches and other Christian world communions, as well as with international secular organisations.

agriculture & fisheries
refugees & IDPs
trade & environment
human settlements
business & environment