Church of Sweden, International Mission and Diakonia (CoS)

Saving lives and defending human dignity

The Church of Sweden’s international work is part of a worldwide ecumenical movement that believes in a God who stands in solidarity with those who are silenced or living in vulnerable situations. We believe every human being is sacred and human dignity cannot be violated.

We work for the realization of human rights all around the world. The Church of Sweden belongs to the Lutheran tradition and is a member of the World Council of Churches, the Lutheran World Federation and the ACT Alliance, working together to create positive change for people who are marginalized and living in poverty. In our work we always see people not as objects in need but as rights holders.

We promote development effectiveness, a gender integrated human rights-based approach and principled humanitarian action. All our development cooperation, humanitarian aid and advocacy work is performed regardless of race, creed