About us

The number of complex crises and natural disasters around the world have been increasing constantly in recent years. Bringing help to affected people in these conflict-stricken countries remains a priority of Johanniter International Assistance, as well as reducing risks for communities regarding natural disasters. We ensure that affected people are able to survive in dignity and security and that they get stronger to face future challenges.

Johanniter International Assistance is committed to the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, independence and impartiality, and covers most of the basic needs of those affected by handing out relief goods and food, and by ensuring access to clean water and primary health care. Read more about our Focus here Providing international assistance is one of the statutory tasks of Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe, and is implemented by its international assistance department at Johanniter headquarters in Berlin. In 2015 the team of Johanniter International Assistance was composed of 444 full-time staff members in 15 regional and country offices and Berlin. Read more about our Organisation Structure here Whenever possible, Johanniter teams collaborate with partner and sister organisations. In countries without Johanniter presence, local initiatives and organisations play an important role implementing projects on Johanniter’s behalf.

Our Strategy until 2025

In 2015, Johanniter International Assistance began to revise and overhaul the strategic approach of its work. This new strategy defines key competencies and intervention stages and gives form to its partnership approach; it will remain valid until 2025. In addition, the new strategy expands the profile of Johanniter International Assistance beyond its core competence of health care. Its activities will in future be geared towards two main goals: Firstly, Johanniter aims to ensure the survival of people following disasters and during ongoing crises. Secondly, it aims to strengthen the resilience of people in high-risk countries. By undertaking projects in the areas of basic healthcare, water supply, sanitation and hygiene, as well as combating malnutrition and ensuring food supply and livelihoods, Johanniter will in future pursue these two main goals.

Johanniter International Assistance is constantly improving its processes and procedures. In the context of quality management and organisational development, for example, it established a complex set of regulations for the engagement of national employees. These regulations are currently being adapted to each respective project country. Johanniter is increasingly standardising its guidelines on the application and realisation of projects, thus allowing for greater efficiency in its procedures.

Johanniter International Assistance implements the Sphere Principles and Standards and the Core Humanitarian Standard in its work. Together with the Sphere Secretariat and the Sphere Focal Points Germany, Johanniter developed two pages on the organisation of humanitarian aid used worldwide in trainings. (Download here “Harmonising humanitarian principles and standards”)

Johanniter considers itself a "learning organisation". As such, it welcomes external recommendations and demands and implements them in its activities and organisational changes. Download here our report about Community Engagement

Mission Statement of Johanniter International Assistance

As employees of Johanniter International Assistance we are committed to the principles of Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe. Our assistance is aimed at all people regardless of their religion, nationality and culture and is not governed by any political interests.

In the course of our international humanitarian work, we pledge ourselves to responsible and cooperative action. We stand up for our decisions and endeavour to fulfil our duties to the best of our abilities. Respect and integrity define the cooperative relationship with our public and private donors, employees and project partners.

We hold different cultures and people in high regard and strive to act primarily in accordance with the needs of those receiving our aid.

It is our goal to enable people to survive in dignity and reduce their vulnerability and that of their communities - throughout humanitarian crisis and immediately after a disaster. To strengthen people´s resilience, we place an emphasis on providing health care, improving water, sanitation and hygiene, combating malnutrition and securing livelihoods.

We set ourselves realistic objectives against which our activities can be measured and we use our resources with foresight. We pay equal attention to the social, economic and environmental consequences of our work.

We are committed to accountability and transparency towards our donors and partners. Decision-making processes and structures are being constantly reviewed and improved. Uniform quality standards and regular audits ensure our professionalism.

Please download here our Mission Statement as Pdf