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Lutheran World Federation

  • By: Schmidlin Emily & Thomas W. Schmidlin
  • In: Encyclopedia of Disaster Relief
  • Edited by: K. Bradley Penuel & Matt Statler
  • Subject:Public Health (general), Public Policy (general)

The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) was founded in 1947 in Lund, Sweden, and now has 140 member church organizations in 79 countries representing over 68.5 million Christians. The Department for World Service (DWS) is the arm of LWF, that provides humanitarian aid and disaster relief worldwide. Disaster relief efforts are coordinated through field programs in 36 countries. The scope of disaster relief in a given country varies due to socioeconomic status and resource availability.

The disaster relief programs and associated agencies provide economic stimulation through an empowering, rights-based, integrated approach. DWS is governed by the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and NGOs in Disaster Relief. By design, all programs of the DWS are structured to empower the individuals who ...

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