Partnerships and networks

Partnerships and networks

Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe is a signatory of the Charter for Change of the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit. We have committed to work with local partner organisations to implement humanitarian assistance programmes.

This is reflected in the policy paper ‘Unser Verständnis von partnerschaftlicher Zusammenarbeit bei Brot für die Welt und Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe’ (Our understanding of partnership-based cooperation at Brot für die Welt and Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe). The importance of strengthening churches and church-based and civil society organisations as locally based humanitarian actors is obvious to us. We already have an established network of local church and secular partners. As an organisation whose roots lie in the church, we are also a member of the ACT Alliance, an international church-based network of aid organisations with 135 members. The ACT Alliance provides humanitarian assistance all around the world and is also active in development and lobbying. This network enables us to identify new local partners more easily.

    Our objective

    • We pursue an approach of long-term partnerships through which we seek to strengthen local humanitarian assistance.
    • We see local organisations as strategic partners with whom we want to establish long-term collaboration. They are an integral part of our activities. We work with them as equals. We want to communicate this collaboration more effectively to the outside world in future, for example by contributing to localisation debates.
    • We want to present ourselves to the public as a respectful organisation that works closely with its partners.
    • We will support the local partner organisations to gain better access to international funding (e.g. UN funds), conferences and forums – in particular the UN cluster meetings.
    • The ACT Alliance is an important and strategic network for us.

    Blog posts

    Daniela Simm

    Why not local as default?

    Panel of the humanitarian Talk

    Our experience on localization and partnership at the European Humanitarian Forum in Brussels on the 18th and 19th of March, 2024.

    Humanitarian Talk in Brussels.

    Partner of Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe at the 3rd European Humanitarian Forum in Brussels.



    Locally led and owned humanitarian action in fragile and forgotten contexts

    Local perspectives on how to close the funding gap through equitable participation and innovative funding mechanisms as well as anticipatory action.

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    Daniela Simm

    Humanitarian Adviser Partnerships & Localisation