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Voices from the New Countryside: The Challenge and Opportunity of Peace in Rural Colombia

The advent of a signed peace accord in Colombia between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels and government brought the promise of an end to five decades of armed conflict. Unfortunately, on October 2, 2016, in a referendum result with a low turnout, the Colombia people rejected that accord by a narrow margin. […]

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Market Study of Grape Juice Industry in Dodoma, Tanzania

This summary provides details on recent grape juice/bulk wine production in Dodoma, the current supply and demand gap and recommendations on how local stakeholders can effectively address this gap.

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Earthquakes in Nepal: One Year Update

In response to the conditions in Nepal, LWR has thus far committed close to $2.5 million for a year and a half to meet the immediate relief and long-term recovery needs of five earthquake-affected VDCs2 in Lamjung and one in Gorkha, reaching more than 23,000 people in total. LWR will continue to actively fundraise in […]

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Engineering Solutions: Reducing Smoke Inhalation in India’s Kitchens

From September 2014 to October 2015, LWR partnered with undergraduate senior engineering students from the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs (UCCS) to design improved ventilation for indoor, wood-burning stoves for communities in Bihar, one of India’s poorest states. A team of UCCS engineering students involved in this project developed a smoke exhaust system for […]

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LWR Emergency Response to the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami

We are pleased to report on the tremendous inroads made over 10 years, all thanks to your support. This work required significant engagement with local authorities and trusted local partners, as well as — and perhaps most importantly — communities devastated by the tsunami. On behalf of all of us at LWR and those we […]


Typhoon Haiyan Emergency Response Program

Lutheran World Relief (LWR) commissioned TANGO International to independently evaluate the emergency relief phase (Phase I: November 2013–September 2014) of its Typhoon Haiyan Emergency Response Program (HERP) and provide recommendations for future LWR emergency responses. TANGO conducted its field evaluation of HERP in September–October 2014 in Cebu and Leyte.


Coastal Resilience Projects in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, Philippines

Lutheran World Relief commissioned an external evaluation of its coastal resilience projects implemented between 2001 and 2014 on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. The evaluation, which was conducted from July 22 to August 29, 2014, assessed the projects’ achievements and lessons learned in regards to Climate Change Adaptation (CCA), Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) […]

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Community-Led Climate Change Adaptation in Nepal

Lutheran World Relief (LWR) commissioned Austin Lord, a Master’s student from Yale University and 2014-2015 Fulbright Scholar in Nepal, to evaluate the benefits and challenges resulting from the construction of micro-hydropower projects (MHPs) as part of LWR’s Community-Led Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) Program in Nepal, and provide recommendations for future programming. The program was implemented […]


Promoting Climate Change Adaptation with Nawalparasi Farmers

Lutheran World Relief (LWR), in partnership with local partner MADE, is strengthening the resilience of 892 farmers in Nawalparasi District against the effects of climate change.

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Typhoon Haiyan: One Year Later

November 8, 2014 In response to conditions following Typhoon Haiyan, Lutheran World Relief (LWR) raised $9.7 million to meet the immediate relief and long-term recovery needs of affected populations. LWR is implementing a 2.5 year program that will support more than 160,000 of the most vulnerable people affected by the typhoon. To date, LWR has […]