A country programme of the LWF/Department for World Service, The Lutheran World Federation Nepal (LWF Nepal) has been working with marginalized and disadvantaged communities for the past 24 years in the areas of relief and rehabilitation, advocacy and networking, empowerment and organizational development. In these endeavours, LWF Nepal cooperates within its networks that include ecumenical, government and non-government, and community-based partner organisations.

Established in 1984, LWF Nepal is a leading international INGO active in both development and humanitarian works. Originally engaged in sectoral development, then community development projects, LWF Nepal made a major switch in 1997 to empowerment projects. It considers right-based approach as the key to development process.


People of Nepal living in a democratic and just society in peace and dignity, united in diversity and empowered to achieve their universal human rights.


Inspired by God's love for humanity, LWF Nepal challenges and responds to the causes and consequences of human suffering and poverty through empowering and promoting the human rights of the displaced, marginalized and vulnerable within Nepali society to claim and enjoy their rights.

Core values

 Dignity and Justice 
 Inclusiveness and Participation 
 Accountability and Transparency
 Dedication, Compassion and Decency

Governance and mandate

LWF Nepal is affiliated to the Social Welfare Council—an agency of the Government of Nepal. LWF Nepal implements programmes and projects, which are approved by LWF/DWS in Geneva, and the Social Welfare Council in Nepal. 

The programmes of this organization are guided by the Global Strategy priorities of LWF/DWS and a five-year country strategy, the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper, Millennium Development Goals, and Interim Plan (2007-2009) of the Government of Nepal.

Apart from regular internal auditing, independent external evaluation teams monitor and audit the organizational structure, finance and its programmes periodically, and produce reports that are available for public scrutiny.