Technical Profiles

LGI PB 2017

Learning for Gender Integration Photo Book 2017

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LWR & Accountability to Affected Populations

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2017 Early Warning Forecast

As we at Lutheran World Relief anticipate the tremendous humanitarian challenges we might face in the coming year, a quote from Desmond Tutu comes to mind: “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all the darkness.” The world is trying to cope with what the U.N. is calling the highest levels […]

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Closer to Home: A Critical Analysis of Colombia’s Proposed Land Law

Closer to Home: A Critical Analysis of Colombia's Proposed Land Law The U.S. has a historic opportunity to work with Colombia’s recently elected president, Juan Manuel Santos, to advance proposed land policy (a component of the “Victims Law” currently under consideration in Colombia) and address the grievances of millions of internally displaced persons (IDPs) while […]

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Toward True Alternatives to Coca: Ways forward for USAID in Colombia

Toward True Alternatives to Coca: Ways forward for USAID in Colombia This briefing paper seeks to illuminate ways forward for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)- Colombia as it works to improve alternative development programs and create greater impact in Colombia’s most marginalized and coca producing regions. The document’s recommendations and observations are largely […]

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Far from the Promised Land: Land Restitution on Colombia’s Caribbean Coast

Far from the Promised Land: Land Restitution on Colombia’s Caribbean Coast The 2011 passage of the Victims’ Law raised hopes and dreams among Colombia’s hundreds of thousands of victims of violence and forced displacement. The Victims’ and Land Restitution Law, Law 1448 of 2011, sets out procedures for reparations and land return for victims of […]

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Still a Dream: Land Restitution on Colombia’s Caribbean Coast

Still a Dream: Land Restitution on Colombia’s Caribbean Coast In June 2012, staff from Lutheran World Relief, the Latin America Working Group Education Fund, and Agenda Caribe toured the Caribbean Coast of Colombia, the provinces of Sucre, Córdoba and Bolívar, to investigate whether displaced communities are starting to be able to return to their land […]

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No Relief in Sight: Report from Caribbean Coast of Colombia

No Relief in Sight: Report from Caribbean Coast of Colombia In April 2011, Latin America Working Group (LAWG) and Lutheran World Relief (LWR) staff visited Córdoba, Sucre and the city of Barranquilla in northern Colombia to evaluate ongoing violence, potential for land returns to displaced people, and protection for human rights defenders and communities. The […]

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Participatory Resilience Reflection and Learning: An experience from Nepal

Participatory Resilience Reflection and Learning: An experience from Nepal This document presents a participatory approach to resilience reflection and learning that was piloted by LWR and its local partner organizations. The approach was tested as part of a mid-term reflection meeting of the Nepal-India Trans-boundary Flood Resilience (TBR) project, implemented by LWR and DanChurchAid (Box […]

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Cadre de la Responsabilité de LWR vis-a-vis des Populations Touchees

Cadre de la Responsabilité de LWR vis-a-vis des Populations Touchees Conformément à cet engagement, le Cadre de la responsabilité de LWR vis-à-vis des populations touchées fait en sorte que les membres du principal groupe pris en charge soient pris en compte pendant toutes les phases de l’intervention. Cette responsabilisation s’étend cependant au-delà des projets et […]

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Marco de LWR para Rendir Cuentas a las Poblaciones Afectadas

Marco de LWR para Rendir Cuentas a las Poblaciones Afectadas De conformidad con este compromiso, el Marco de LWR para rendir cuentas a las poblaciones afectadas permite velar por que durante todas las fases de una intervención se tome en consideración a aquellos que forman parte del grupo principal al que servimos. No obstante, esta […]

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2016 Early Warning Forecast PDF

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LWR and Resilience in the Sahel: Approach, Practice and Results

LWR and Resilience in the Sahel: Approach, Practice and Results LWR bridges the delivery of humanitarian assistance with sustainable development approaches to respond to recurring drought and food crises in West Africa and lay the foundation for resilience. LWR’s programming model emphasizes increased community resilience to frequent drought cycles and incorporates elements of natural resource […]

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LWR_ICT4D

Information Communications Technology for Development (ICT4D) involves using Information Communications Technology (ICT) to solve problems and improve people’s quality of life, especially for those in developing countries, where appropriate technologies can accelerate stages of development. In this way, ICTs such as mobile phones, the internet, radio and other technologies that allow people to more easily […]

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Applying-Resilience-in-Development-Practice

Applying-Resilience-in-Development-Practice LWR has outlined its institutional Approach to Resilience in a technical document produced in 2015. Building on the foundations laid out in LWR’s approach, this document goes one step further: It provides the basis to apply resilience thinking in development practice, offering guidance to LWR staff and partner organizations on the integration of resilience […]

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LWR’s Technical Capacity in the Sesame Value Chain

LWR's Technical Capacity in the Sesame Value Chain With strong partnerships and a broad experience in agricultural value chain growth and management, LWR is well positioned to build the sesame value chain in Burkina Faso. With a focus on agriculture value chain development, LWR harnesses the power of the private sector to spark economic opportunity […]

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LWR’s Tripartite Model: Bridging the Rural Financing Gap

LWR's Tripartite Model: Bridging the Rural Financing Gap LWR’s model creates a three-way partnership among LWR, local farmers’ organizations and the financial institutions that were previously beyond their reach. LWR provides the “missing link” to connect these smallholder farmers with lenders by providing an initial, partial loan guarantee to the financial institution as incentive to […]

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LWR & the Agricultural Value Chain

LWR & the Agricultural Value Chain LWR uses an agricultural value chain approach to improve the livelihoods of millions of people across sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Latin America. This approach includes a set of interventions by chain actors and service providers to generate higher value-added for agricultural products and create win-win relationships among chain actors.

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LWR & Quality Coffee: From Crop to Cup

LWR & Quality Coffee: From Crop to Cup LWR has worked with smallholder coffee farmers since 1988, building on farmers’ own skills and knowledge to maximize coffee earnings, yields and quality through climate smart agricultural practices. LWR works with farmer cooperatives to access markets for Arabica and Robusta coffees, and in doing so, assists farmers […]

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LWR & Emergency Response: A Comprehensive Approach to Build Resilience

LWR & Emergency Response: A Comprehensive Approach to Build Resilience Since its founding in 1945, LWR has created lasting partnerships with local communities throughout the world. LWR helps vulnerable communities identify potential disaster risks, continually build response capacities before emergencies happen, meet immediate needs following emergencies, and move toward long-term recovery and economic development.

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LWR & Disaster Risk Reduction

LWR & Disaster Risk Reduction Disaster risk reduction (DRR) programs help vulnerable populations prepare for powerful natural phenomena. The implementation of DRR programs is imperative from a life-saving perspective, and also practical. Economic losses to natural disasters can be severe, and the amount of money spent on damages from disasters around the world has increased […]

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LWR & Climate: Supporting Community Adaptation & Mitigation

LWR & Climate: Supporting Community Adaptation & Mitigation Lutheran World Relief fosters community mitigation of and adaptation to changing climates to secure livelihoods and landscapes as a means to improve the lives of rural communities experiencing poverty in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. LWR believes that helping communities be better prepared for natural disasters, as […]

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LWR & Seeds

LWR & Seeds Throughout the world, LWR works with farmers groups, cooperatives and producers’ unions to support agriculture which is adapted to and better able to produce, in spite of changing climates. As part of a Climate Smart Agriculture approach which builds resilient ecosystems through improved seeds and other approaches, LWR supports participatory research and […]

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LWR & Quality Cocoa

LWR & Quality Cocoa Seventy percent of the world’s cocoa is grown in West Africa; however, Lutheran World Relief (LWR) has chosen to support improved livelihoods of smallholder farmers in new cocoa supply chains and markets in Latin America, the Caribbean and Asia by optimizing current and future opportunities. With more than a decade of […]

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LWR & Natural Resource Management

LWR & Natural Resource Management Worldwide, the poor have the least access to land and water and are locked in a poverty trap of sustaining livelihoods on small farms with poor quality soils and high vulnerability to land degradation and climatic uncertainty. LWR is dedicated to reversing this trend, and works with rural communities and […]

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LWR & Climate Smart Agriculture

LWR & Climate Smart Agriculture Climate change affects agriculture and vice versa; farming is responsible for greenhouse gas emissions, depleted soil fertility and stress on water resources. The links between stable and resilient agricultural production and ecologically sound natural resource management are therefore critical; agriculture systems must both increase production and better manage and sustain […]

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LWR & Organizational Capacity Development

LWR & Organizational Capacity Development Through its organizational capacity development approach, LWR maximizes the impact of local partner organizations by jointly assessing their strengths and weaknesses and designing strategies for greater accountability, transparency and sustainability. LWR’s approach, informed by decades of experience, tailors time and resource investments to partners’ needs and local operating environments. Through […]

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Habbanayé: Applying a Traditional Practice for a More Resilient Future in the Sahel

Habbanayé: Applying a Traditional Practice for a More Resilient Future in the Sahel The Fulani pastoralists in West Africa, particularly in Niger, have a traditional practice called habbanayé, in which wealthier households loan a few female ruminants (such as cows, sheep, or goats) to a poorer friend or family member who keeps the offspring of […]

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LWR, Agricultural Development & Food Security

LWR, Agricultural Development & Food Security LWR works in rural communities around the world to sustainably improve food availability, access and utilization through a focus on strengthening rural economies and rural livelihoods. When smallholder producers increase and diversify their production, improve their practices around targeted markets and improve their participation in their products’ value chains, […]

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LWR & Agriculture

LWR & Agriculture LWR believes productive, resilient and stable agricultural bases are a vital foundation for poverty reduction. As such, LWR aims to improve the livelihoods of millions of smallholder farmers and their families across Africa, Asia and Latin America through sustainable agriculture efforts that focus on building food security and increasing rural incomes through […]

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Bridging the Rural Financing Gap in West Africa

Bridging the Rural Financing Gap in West Africa With its Tripartite Rural Financing Model, Lutheran World Relief (LWR) bridges the gap between financial institutions and community-based agricultural initiatives that lack the critical financing needed for success. LWR’s model creates three-way partnerships between LWR, local farmers’ organizations and financial institutions (banks, credit unions, other lending institutions), […]

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LWR AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR

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