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About us

Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe provides humanitarian aid worldwide. It supports people who have fallen victim of natural disasters, war and displacement and who are not able to cope on their own in the emergency situation they find themselves in. It is an effort to help people in great need – worldwide, regardless of their colour, religion and nationality.

The Mandate

One of the most important principles of its work is impartiality and independence. Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe painstakingly observes its aim not to become an instrument for political, economic or military interests. Particularly in conflict areas it attaches great value to asserting its independence from all parties involved.

The nature and scope of the assistance are adjusted to the situation in the disaster zone within the framework of available possibilities. Aid measures are designed to suit the local conditions and are integrated in the economic, social and political context of a specific country or region.

In its activities Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe is committed to the basic principles of humanitarian aid as laid down in the Code of Conduct of the Red Cross and Red Crescent and of non-governmental aid organisations in the context of emergency assistance.

Working Method

On average Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe supports 150 aid measures annually. Its aim is the restoration of sustainable living conditions in disaster areas.

Sustainable and effective emergency assistance is not limited to mere survival aid. Preventative and pre-emptive measures aiming at precluding disasters or at least minimising the extent of damage are as much part of the work as programmes of rehabilitation and reconstruction.

Survival aid to alleviate the imminent and most pressing need. It may include the supply of every day necessities such as food, drinking water, blankets and medicine, and the provision of temporary shelter and social services. Normalising and reconstruction measures are designed to help people in disaster areas to take control of their lives once more. The backbone of the work is the restoration of habitation and livelihood.

The Organisation

Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe is part of the Evangelisches Werk für Diakonie und Entwicklung e. V., the Social Service Agency of the German Protestant Church – one of the biggest welfare institutions in Germany – , with its headquarter in Berlin.

It currently maintains three permanent regional offices in Africa, Asia and Latin America which are responsible for the coordination of aid programmes in the respective regions. If the need arises temporary project or field offices are set up in crisis areas and entrusted with operative assignments. In certain cases – and for a limited time – specialised consultants are recruited for specific projects.

For an effective performance Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe closely cooperates with local partners. It is also a member of ACT (Action by Churches Together), the global alliance of churches and aid agencies in the area of humanitarian aid.


An overview of our current structures with the responsible employees: Here you can download our organization chart.


Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe does not dispose of a fixed budget. The funding for the aid efforts worldwide is derived from four different sources: Donations are by far the most important means of income. They guarantee an independent and flexible use of the funds.

Moreover, the sister organisation Brot für die Welt (Bread for the World) contributes up to ten percent of its annual income from donations to Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe. This enables a very rapid response to emergency situations. In certain cases other aid agencies such as Caritas international also support the work of Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe.

Public means, too, are an indispensable contribution to the overall financing. There are longstanding partnerships with the Foreign Affairs Office of the German Federal Republic (Humanitarian Aid Department), the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (Department for Food, Emergency and Refugee Assistance) and from time to time with individual provincial governments and cities. Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe is a recognized cooperation partner of ECHO, the Office for Humanitarian Aid of the European Commission, as well as of EuronAid, a network of European non-governmental organisations specialized in food aid and food security.

Your contact person for further questions

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Carsten Obergfell

Service für Spenderinnen und Spender

+49 30


Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe takes its responsibility towards its employees, members, partners and all supporters very seriously. Therefore, we appointed an external lawyer as ombudsperson to whom complaints and presumptions of unlawful or unethical conduct can be addressed. Here you can also find our Code of Conduct.

How to find us

Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe
Caroline-Michaelis-Str. 1
10115 Berlin


Arriving via public transport from Central Station (Hauptbahnhof)

Take tram M5 (direction Hohenschönhausen, Zingster Straße), M8 (direction Ahrensfelde/Stadtgrenze/Landsberger Allee) or M10 (direction Warschauer Straße). Exit at Naturkundemuseum (M5) or Nordbahnhof (M8/M10).

    (approx. 13 minutes)

Take S5 or S7 in the direction of Alexanderplatz/Ostkreuz. Transfer to S1 (direction Oranienburg/Frohnau) or S2 (direction Bernau/Buch) or S25 (direction Hennigsdorf) at Friedrichstraße. All located at the basement. Exit at Nordbahnhof.

Annual Report

Anual Report 2021

Our annual report provides insight into our work and presents how our projects are developing. It also contains a detailed list of income and expenses. The current annual reports are available for you to download below.

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