The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Nepal, a country program of the LWF World Service (WS), has been working with marginalized and disadvantaged communities of Nepal since 1984. LWF World Service is the internationally recognized humanitarian and development arm of the LWF working in 28 countries across the globe and has headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. It works with those in need, irrespective of their race, sex, religion, nationality or political conviction and seeks to bring people of all backgrounds together in the common quest for justice, peace, and reconciliation in an increasingly complex and fragmented world

Nepal Program

LWF World Service has been working in Nepal since 1984 with refugees, hosts, displaced and people at risk with socio-economic, climate and disaster vulnerabilities. LWF Nepal has prioritized women and girls, persons with disabilities, Dalits, internally displaced people, youth, ex-bonded laborers and indigenous communities as right holders. It aims to enhance their voices and participation through developing community-based organizations in achieving equitable access to livelihoods, quality services, and protection and social cohesion. It continues to ensure gender and social inclusion within the society through affirmative actions. Similarly, it works closely with the government as the primary duty bearer as well as with the private sector and other development partners in achieving its objectives

Vision

In line with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), people of Nepal, living in just societies, in peace and dignity, united in diversity, are able to improve their quality of life individually and collectively in a sustainable manner.

Mission

LWF Nepal is dedicated to build local capacity to address the causes and effects of human suffering, poverty and inequality, linking local responses to national and international advocacy.

Values and Principles

Affirm each of the Values and Principles outlined in Global Strategy and highlight how they will be upheld in your specific context over the coming strategic period:

Dignity, Human Rights and Justice We believe that every person has the right to a dignified life, free of abuse, discrimination, and oppression. We believe that upholding human rights is fundamental to people being able to move out of poverty, to bring about justice and peace, and for development to be sustainable. Each person’s God-given dignity has formed the basis of international human rights principles and conventions, which guide our work, actions, and operations.

Compassion and Commitments We are dedicated to working with those who are suffering, those who are unable to speak up for themselves, and those who live in areas where others do not go. We go that ‘extra mile’ to reach out to those who may have been forgotten or are considered out of reach.

Inclusion and Diversity We believe in the value and power of diversity and inclusion within the communities where we work as well as within our own workforce.

Meaningful Participation We believe that sustainable development is based on the meaningful participation of all people in our programs, regardless of gender, age, caste and ethnicity, beliefs and ability. Participation means people are part of decision-making and can hold local duty-bearers to account.

Transparency and Accountability We are strongly committed to transparency and accountability to the people we work with and communities, partners, and donors. We set high quality standards and regularly monitor our efforts for continuous improvement. We are aligned with international standards and have developed our own complaints-handling mechanism.

Humanitarian Principles We provide support to people irrespective of race, religion, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, or political conviction, without discrimination or favoritism. We subscribe to the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and independence.

Gender Justice We believe that women and men, both created in the image of God, are co-responsible stewards of creation. Gender justice is expressed through equality and balanced power relations between women and men. We are committed to eliminating institutional, cultural, and interpersonal systems of privilege and oppression that sustain discrimination against women taking into consideration of intersectionality context of the program.

Climate Justice We recognize that the impact of climate change is often felt first and most acutely by those who suffer from extreme poverty. We are committed to ensuring that our programs minimize the immediate and long-term risks of climate change to those communities we serve through climate change adaptation and mitigation measures contributing to SDG 13 Climate action.

Working Approach

The working approaches of LWF Nepal mentioned below are mutually reinforcing.

Community-based Empowerment Approach: This implies putting the people first, in particular the poor and the oppressed, considering the impact of decisions and activities on them, and enabling them fully to participate in and own these activities.

Human Rights-based Approach (HRBA): HRBA aims at strengthening the capacity of duty bearers and empowering the rights holders by assisting them to acquire knowledge and skills that lead to changed attitudes, and transforming people into informed decision-makers and active citizens.

Integrated Program Approach: LWF Nepal accords the highest priority to the multidisciplinary programs that are aligned with government programs and also focuses on the poor and oppressed communities. It strives to create synergy with existing programs, projects and to utilize local capacities and resources.

Participatory and Inclusive Approach: We develop our planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programs involving rights-holder communities through participatory approach. We support local government bodies to include the poor and oppressed communities in the formal and informal institutions, and support them to develop the capacity of community members for effective participation in local bodies and institutions.   

Climate Justice and Environmental Sustainability: We are committed to incorporating environmental concerns into all development decisions and operations aiming at behavioral change, increased resilience and reduced vulnerability and shall apply Climate Adaptation Framework Tools across all programs.​

LWF Nepal at a Glance

Started working in Nepal
People Assisted
Number of Projects
Total Budget for the year 2018

Kathmandu

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Longitude: 85.333333

Dhangadhi

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Fax091525342
Latitude: 28.683333
Longitude: 80.600000

Damak

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Latitude: 26.671660
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