Organizational Profile

AWO International

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.

Also in Germany, AWO International aims at promoting the topics of solidarity, justice, the effects of globalization and fair trade among the population. In the scope of the project “Global Learning”, we offer educational events in order to raise public awareness about global interrelations and dependencies, as well as inform about challenges and chances of globalization. Since 2007, AWO International has been promoting the idea of fair trade and offers own fairly traded and ecologically produced products.


Strengthening social structures

AWO International has a special approach in its development projects, which is the “Enhancement of Social Structures”: The objective of the project is to set up and strengthen the social structures, in which the people are interacting. To achieve these objectives, AWO International and its partner organisations concentrate their efforts on providing organisational development and supporting civil society networks on local as well as on community and regional level.

Strengthening the capacity of the marginalised communities also requires improving their access to governmental ressources and services. The people need to know about their rights and how to claim them. Advocacy and lobbying activities are important strategies in this process. AWO International supports projects in urban and rural areas and facilitates expert exchange with sections of the “Arbeiterwohlfahrt” in Gemany. Further details see "Projects".


Regional Portfolio South Asia

The regional portfolio contains results-based project interventions in the fields of development cooperation and humanitarian aid (humanitarian relief and disaster risk reduction) and is overlooked from AWO International’s Nepal Office that was established in 2009. 

In 2015 eleven development projects are implemented in Nepal, India and Bangladesh with financial support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, BMZ. Main intervention areas are safe migration incl. development friendly utilization of remittance, livelihood promotion and gender equality. Humanitarian aid and disaster preparedness are addressed as well. AWO International supports Civil Society Organizations on a long term basis by enabling financial support for project implementation and organizational development and technical backstopping.

In 2015 three new projects were added in context of safe migration and Human Trafficking.

In 2014 a regional Humanitarian Aid Cell was established. In 2014 an 2015 three Disaster Risk Reduction projects (out of them one is also a Climate Change Adaptation project) were set up as well as two new food security projects supported by the BMZ special initiative project "One World against Hunger".  In 2014 three Relief projects were implemented in flood context and in 2015 a huge Earth Quake Response program was set up in Nepal (please see details under "Projects").

Regional Office Team including incoming and outcoing Head Representative, Program and Finance Coordinators, Administrative Officer and Driver
Worldwide intervention areas of AWO International in 2014
Projects of AWO International in South Asia in 2014 and 2015