Bread for the World is the globally active relief and development agency of the Protestant Churches in Germany. In almost 100 countries all across the globe Bread for the World empowers the poor and marginalised to improve their living conditions by themselves. Key issues of BFDW work are food security, the promotion of health and education, respect for human rights as well as the integrity of creation.
The basic aim of "Brot für die Welt" ("Bread for the World") is to enable the disadvantaged to live a dignified life. BfdW is a programme of help initiated by the protestant churches in Germany. It was set up in Berlin in 1959 and since then has been the responsibility of the “Diakonische Werk”, the Social Service Agency of the Protestant Church in Germany (EKD).
Our guiding principles
Our work is rooted in the faith that bears witness to the world as God’s creation, in the love that encounters the Lord precisely in our disenfranchised and poorest neighbour, and in the hope that acts in accordance with God’s will in expectation of a just world. Bread for the World considers itself part of the global Christian community. We seek cooperation with churches and church agencies throughout the world and assume our responsibility in ecumenical networks.
The work of Bread for the World primarily focuses on the support of projects in the countries of the Global South. An essential feature of our projects is the close and continuous cooperation with local, often church-related partner organisations. Upon request, Bread for the World provides them with specialists and volunteers. Through lobbying, public relations and education in Germany and Europe, we seek to influence political decisions in favor of the poor and to raise awareness for the necessity of a sustainable way of life.
The partnership was inherited from Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst - EED, an association of the Protestant Churches in German following a merger between the three church development organizations in Germany – Church Development Service [Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst] – (EED), Bread for the World and Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe (Diakonia Disaster Relief).
Below is a profile of EED and its work before the merger was effected.
By means of financial contributions, personnel involvement, scholarships and consultancy services EED supported the development work of churches, Christian and secular organizations. In this worldwide partnership, EED participated in establishing a just society. It took and promoted action to arise and enhance people's willingness to stand up to overcome need, poverty, persecution and violence.
EED granted financial support to projects and programmes carried out by partners in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and in Southeast Europe. EED supports capacity and competence building on the side of its partners by seconding experts, by granting scholarships and by supporting other measures of human resources development.
Last year (2012), EED merged with Bread for the world, a campaign of the protestant churches and free churches in Germany to bring about justice for the poor.
EED was a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of more than 160 churches and agencies engaged in development, humanitarian assistance and advocacy and of the Association of World Council of Churches related Development Organizations’ in Europe (APRODEV).