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What we do

Church of Sweden works with Church cooperation, Development cooperation, Humanitarian relief efforts and Advocay.


Några människor i Costa Rica firar mässa tillsammans i ett rum. De sitter samlade runt ett enkelt altare.
The Lutheran Church in Costa Rica celebrates a service every week intended to give security and an including welcome to all. For hbtq-persons this is a refuge. Bild: Ewa Almqvist

Church of Sweden is part of the worldwide community of churches, which is the very foundation of  Church of Sweden’s international involvement.

We work together for theological reflection, Christian unity and interfaith understanding, and a mutual sharing of faith and life.

We do this through:

  • support for theological education and reflection.
  • general grants to partner churches to strengthen them in their capacity to function as churches in their communities.
  • a mutual youth exchange programme (in Swedish)  with partner churches in Brazil, Costa Rica, the Philippines, Southern Africa and Tanzania.
  • conversations about human sexuality together with partner churches.
  • support to regional and national ecumenical councils to strengthen the collective voice of the churches and, together with the churches, to work for peace, reconciliation and advocacy.
  • relationships with other churches at the diocese and parish levels. For parishes or dioceses in Church of Sweden, having a twin relation in another part of the world is a source of mutual exchange and learning. 
Sjuårig flicka i klassrum, står upp och pratar, hon håller handen i sidan, ser lite kavat ut.
Seven-year-old Semira Yessin loves school. Her school in the village of Robbit in Ethiopia is supported by Church of Sweden. Bild: Magnus Aronson/Ikon

Church of Sweden aims to reduce poverty by strengthening people’s economic, social and cultural rights.

Our work is based on a rights-based approach and supports people’s struggles for the right to food, sustainable livelihood, security, education and health.

Church of Sweden aims to strengthen local civil society and, together with our partner organisations, contribute to the development of just, peaceful and democratic societies in which human rights are respected and defended.

People should have the opportunity to defend and assert their rights and their dignity themselves. 

We do this through: 

  • rural development projects providing people with more opportunities to support themselves in a sustainable way,
  • sustainable use of natural resources and training in sustainable agriculture, forestry and water use,
  • support for conflict prevention, reconciliation and peace-building,     
  • support for democratic development and the protection of human rights,
  • HIV prevention measures and reducing the stigmatisation of people living with HIV and AIDS. 
Man bygger en enkel träställning för ett tält, i bakgrunden syns tält i ett flyktingläger.
Gumbo Paul in South Sudan is building a new house for his wife and five children. They family had to flee to escape the violence. Bild: Paul Jeffrey/ACT-alliansen

Thanks to the ACT Alliance, which through its members is present in 140 countries, Church of Sweden can rapidly provide humanitarian aid in times of crisis.

Church of Sweden is part of the ACT Alliance, a global alliance of churches and church-related organisations for disaster relief, development and advocacy. 

Church of Sweden operates from a community-based psychosocial approach, which means that our humanitarian relief efforts, in addition to meeting physical needs, also aim to meet the social and psychological needs that arise when disaster strikes.  

This framework looks to people’s own resilience and their own capacities to manage the situation and to recover.

The goal is to restore hope, dignity, mental and social well-being and a sense of normality to people affected by a disaster.

Besides financial aid, Church of Sweden provides capacity-building staff and thematic support, and in particular providing an integrated psychosocial support framework and specific psychosocial initiatives. For this purpose, Church of Sweden maintains a staff roster of psychosocial specialists, which is at the disposal of the ACT Alliance.

En ung kvinna delar ut informationsmaterial om det internationella arbetet utomhus.
Young voluntary workers from Church of Sweden participate in a manifestation for justice. Bild: Linda Mickelsson/Ikon

Church of Sweden’s international advocacy work targets those with economic and political power in Sweden, the EU and the UN, and aims to bring about long-term, sustainable change.

Church of Sweden takes an active role in issues of sustainable development, peace, democracy and human rights based on the equal value and rights of all people.

We are members of:  

ACT Alliance EU (APRODEV), a network that lobbies EU institutions.
Swedwatch which monitors how companies with links to Sweden impact people and the environment in low-income countries.

The Fairtrade product labelling organisation, which gives consumers a direct opportunity to support companies and trade helping to combat poverty.
CONCORD Sweden, which works with development policy.  

We are committed to follow the core humanitarian standard

Members of HAP are committed to meeting the highest standards of accountability and quality management.

The Standard: 

Core Humanitarian Standard. Communities and people affected by crisis. Impartiality – Neutrality – Independence - Humanity

1. Humanitarian response is appropriate and relevant.

2. Humanitarian response is effective and timely.

3. Humanitarian response strengthens local capacities and avoids negative effects.

4. Humanitarian response is based on communication, participation and feedback.

5. Complaints are welcomed and addressed.

6. Humanitarian response is coordinated and complementary.

7. Humanitarian actors continuously learn and improve.

8. Staff are supported to do their job effectively, and are treated fairly and equitably.

9. Resources are managed and used responsibly for their intended purpose.

Read more on CHS website.