AWO International in South Asia


AWO International was founded in 1998 as a professional association for development cooperation and humanitarian action within the framework of the German welfare organization “Arbeiterwohlfahrt” (AWO, literally: Workers’ Welfare). In cooperation with local partner organizations, AWO International is committed to support marginalized and disadvantaged groups of society to sustainably improve their living conditions. In crisis situations, AWO International, also in cooperation with local non-governmental organizations, quickly provides humanitarian aid to the affected population and supports the rehabilitation and reconstruction process. The head office of AWO International is in Berlin, Germany. 


Strengthening of Safe Migration and prevention of Human Trafficking

Labour migration has been causing tremendous social problems in South Asia. Desperately searching for a better life, thousands of people leave their home country every day to find work abroad in order to secure livelihood for themselves and their families. Often labour migrants end up in terrible situations and working under catastrophic and slavery-like conditions. Besides many of them become victims of human traffickers. Together with our partner organizations in Nepal and Bangladesh we are promoting Safe Migration, supporting migrants and their rights to reduce the risks of exploitation and Human Trafficking. More


Livelihood security and poverty reduction of marginalized groups

Despite of rich natural resources South Asia, especially India, suffers from the impacts of climate change. The states of Maharashtra, in the Western part, and Odisha, in the Eastern part of the country, are particularly affected: As the areas are increasingly stricken by droughts, many farmers can no longer cultivate their lands with devastating consequences. The population faces high losses of income and food scarcity due to a decrease of yields. Together with our partner organizations in India we are focusing on income security for marginalized groups in order to provide food security and improved living conditions for the affected population. MORE


Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Risk Reduction

Nepal, India and Bangladesh are repeatedly hit by disasters. The population in the region is threatened by hazards such as floods, earthquakes and droughts which consequently lead to humanitarian crises. With immediate intervention we provide first aid to the affected population. Additionally we are implementing Disaster Risk Reduction Projects to prevent the impacts of crises and disasters. MORE