The Lutheran World Federation (LWF)

The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) is a global communion of Christian churches in the Lutheran tradition. Founded in 1947 in Lund, Sweden, the LWF now has 142 member churches in 79 countries all over the world representing over 72 million Christians.

The LWF acts on behalf of its member churches in areas of common interest such as ecumenical and interfaith relations, theology, humanitarian assistance, international affairs and human rights, communication, and mission and development. It furthers worldwide among the member churches diaconic action, alleviation of human need, promotion of peace and human rights, social and economic justice, care for God’s creation and sharing of resources; Development activities undertaken by member churches are supported through the LWF Department for Mission and Development.

The LWF Department for World Service as the internationally recognized humanitarian and development arm of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) provides humanitarian aid and assists in rehabilitation and development in 33 countries. World Service works with marginalized and disadvantaged communities in the areas of greatest vulnerability and endemic need.

World Service co-operates closely with churches and related agencies as an instrument of the ecumenical movement. With programs in Africa, Asia, Latin and Central America, and Europe, World Service has a distinguished record of linking compassionate and professional emergency response with competence in rehabilitation programs and effective long-term development efforts. World Service reaches out to marginalized and vulnerable poor people whose livelihoods are threatened by the effects of natural and human-made disaster, with special regard to internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees. Through its office for International Affairs and Human Rights, the LWF supports its member churches and development programs with global advocacy.

Latest from The Lutheran World Federation (LWF)

Urgency needed as world refugee numbers top 50m

Urgency needed as world refugee numbers top 50m

Jun 20, 2014

20 June, 2014 - A concerted effort to stem the rise in refugee numbers - at their highest since WW2 - is desperately needed, says ACT Alliance

Balancing needs of displaced people and host communities

Balancing needs of displaced people and host communities

Apr 22, 2014

22 April, 2014 - ACT members in South Sudan contend with the needs of people forced out of their homes by war and the communities they take refuge with

South Sudan crisis being met with silence, ACT Ethiopia says

South Sudan crisis being met with silence, ACT Ethiopia says

Apr 16, 2014

15 April, 2014 - The veil of silence over the South Sudan must be broken and peace talks resumed immediately if the conflict is to be contained

CAR: 1.6 million people need urgent assistance

CAR: 1.6 million people need urgent assistance

Apr 10, 2014

10 April, 2014 - The deteriorating situation in the Central African Republic brings with it more civilians killed and infrastructure destroyed. Two ACT members are responding with life-saving measures

Hope in the ashes of Bor

Hope in the ashes of Bor

Mar 17, 2014

17 March, 2014 - Slowly, life is returning to the streets of Bor in Jonglei state, South Sudan. ACT members and partners are helping people rebuild their lives among the ruins

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At a glance

  • Formed in 1947
  • Based in Switzerland
  • Working in more than 80 countries
  • Budget of $101,986,000
  • 6000 members of staff

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