Diakonie Austria

Worldwide solidarity is a basic principle of assistance in the service of our fellow humans. In these times when our lives are subject to ever increasing globalisation, we see it as our responsibility to provide assistance wherever it may be required in the world.

Providing disaster relief as Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe and development cooperation as Brot für die Welt, the work of Diakonie Austria is designed to strengthen the independence and initiative of those concerned. We provide assistance in the wake of natural disasters, war or displacement to those people who are most vulnerable, regardless of race, religion, gender or age. We place particular emphasis on support for long-term development projects in developing countries.

All of our projects are developed and implemented in cooperation with a local partner organisation. We view those who live in and work on our projects as equal partners, with whom we share an on-going and mutual learning process. This is the only way of ensuring that the impact of projects is also sustainable in the long-term.

Disadvantaged groups within society are a particular focus of our work. People with disabilities, single mothers, young Ashkali and Roma to name but a few – wherever large sections of the community rely on outside support, the disadvantaged are amongst the last to receive assistance.

With a fairer world as our ultimate goal, we are active in crisis regions in which we are committed to facilitating dialogue between parties from opposing sides of a conflict. This is often a difficult, but necessary, first step towards a reconciled and peaceful coexistence.

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