Bread for the World
Bread for the World – Protestant Development Service is the globally active development and relief agency of the Protestant churches in Germany.
In more than 90 countries across the globe it serves to empower the poor and marginalised to improve their living conditions. Key issues of their work are food security, the promotion of health and education, respecting human rights, keeping peace and the integrity of creation.
Their focus of activities is primarily on projects in countries of the Global South in close and continuous cooperation with local, often church-related partner organisations. Upon request, Bread for the World provides specialists and volunteers. Through lobbying, public relations and education in Germany and Europe it seeks to influence political decisions in favour of the poor and to raise awareness for a sustainable way of life.
Bread for the World considers itself part of the global Christian community, seeking cooperation with churches and church agencies throughout the world.
It is a member of the ACT (“Action by Churches Together”) Alliance, one of the world's largest bodies devoted to emergency relief and development aid. It also supports the World Council of Churches and its efforts to aid churches all over the world.
Within the Gemeinsame Konferenz Kirche und Entwicklung (GKKE, Joint Conference Church and Development), Bread for the World together with the German Commission Justitia et Pax (Justice and Peace) keeps up a continuous exchange with decision makers in politics, economy und society, dealing with questions on the One World and on development cooperation.
Since 1962, the Federal Republic of Germany has been financially supporting development work carried out by both the Catholic and the Protestant Churches. The Protestant Central Office for Development Aid (EZE) is a contractual partner of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and at present also a subsidiary of Bread for the World. Together with Diakonie Deutschland, Bread for the World forms Germany’s Protestant agency for social welfare work and development.