Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe is part of the Evangelisches Werk für Diakonie und Entwicklung e.V., the Social Service Agency of the German Protestant Church – one of the biggest welfare institutions in Germany – , with its headquarter in Berlin.
It currently maintains three permanent regional offices in Africa and Latin America which are responsible for the coordination of aid programmes in the respective regions. If the need arises temporary project or field offices are set up in crisis areas and entrusted with operative assignments. In certain cases – and for a limited time – specialised consultants are recruited for specific projects.
For an effective performance Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe closely cooperates with local partners. It is also a member of ACT (Action by Churches Together), the global alliance of churches and aid agencies in the area of humanitarian aid.
In Germany it collaborates with the Catholic aid agency, Caritas Germany. The close cooperation with the sister organisation Brot für die Welt (Bread for the World), which is active in development cooperation, safeguards the optimal use of valuable experiences and structures worldwide in the struggle to support people in need.
Normally, aid measures are implemented on a bilateral basis or within the framework of the ACT alliance. The respective partner organisation forwards the planned measures, implementation, time schedule and budget in the form of a proposal. If the proposal is approved a contract is drawn up stipulating the provisions and obligations of the contracting partners (earmarking, conditions for remittances of funds, monitoring, accountability and general administrative procedures).