Memberships and Cooperations

Network of Johanniter International Assistance


Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe has joined the following associations and alliances to synergise and improve efficiency pertaining to international assistance:

Association of German Development Non-governmental Organisations (VENRO)

Association of German Development Non-governmental Organisations (VENRO) is the umbrella organisation of independent and church related NGOs. Currently, the association counts 100 German member organisations, which all work nationally.


Johanniter is a member of the association "bezev - Behinderung und Entwicklungszusammenarbeit" (Disability and Development). Bezev strives for the equal participation of persons with disabilities in development policy initiatives and development programs. Bezev is actively committed to support a fair and social world and a sustainable development.

Charter For Change on Localisation of Humanitarian Aid

Charter for Change is an initiative, led by both National and International NGOs, to practically implement changes to the way the Humanitarian System operates to enable more locally-led response.


Bringing together more than two decades of experience in quality, accountability and people management, CHS Alliance forms one of the largest and most influential networks of organisations committed to improving humanitarian and development work through the application of standards.

Coordinating Committee for Humanitarian Aid of the Federal Foreign Office

Since its foundation in 1994, the "Coordinating Committee for Humanitarian Aid" has met regularly every two months with Germany’s Foreign Office. It also assembles
for special sessions, such as during a humanitarian crisis. The committee is unique in Europe. It fosters dialogue and encourages coordination between participating ministries and non-governmental organisations in matters regarding humanitarian aid.


EISF - European Interagency Security Forum

The European Interagency Security Forum (EISF) is an independent platform for security managers from European humanitarian agencies working internationally and committed to improving safety and security.

Technisches Hilfswerk

German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW)

As part of their strategic alliance Johanniter and German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) will expand their national cooperation to also include international assignments, such as missions led by the European Union or INSARAG.

Aktion Deutschland Hilft

Germany's Relief Coalition

Germany‘s relief coalition "Aktion Deutschland Hilft" is an umbrella association made up of German relief organisations. It provides quick and effective assistance
in the case of a major international disasters and / or emergency situation. To achieve this goal and to optimise their work they share their expertise and extensive knowledge concerning international humanitarian aid.

Global Logistics Cluster

The Logistics Cluster provides coordination and Information Management to support operational decision-making and improve the predictability, timeliness and efficiency of the humanitarian emergency response. Where necessary, the Logistics Cluster also facilitates access to common logistics services. 

Transparente Zivilgesellschaft

Initiative Transparent Civil Society

Johanniter is part of the Transparency International campaign "Initiative für Transparente Zivilgesellschaft". Participating organizations commit to publish precisely specified and relevant information about their organizations in a specific format easily accessible for general public.

International Council of Voluntary Agencies - ICVA

The International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA) is a global network of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that advocates for principled and effective humanitarian action by bringing the experience and views of over 80 national and international NGOs to international policy-making forums. As a global humanitarian NGO network, ICVA gives NGOs unique opportunities to engage with other actors and each other on humanitarian policy issues, and to make sure the voices of southern NGOs are heard on the international policy level.

Johanniter International

Johanniter-International (JOIN), Enterprises of the Orders of St. John

Johanniter International (JOIN) is a cooperative of 16 European Johanniter and St. John organisations, and also includes “St. John Eye Hospital“ in Jerusalem. JOIN was founded in Vienna in February 2001, and has its headquarters in Belgium.


Motivation Charitable Trust

The Motivation Charitable Trust was founded in 1991 in England. Motivation's vision is of a world in which disabled people are included and fully participate in all aspects of life. An important focus of Motivation is designing low cost, high quality wheelchairs and supportive seating units for disabled children. Motivation develop appropriate wheelchairs in accordance with the World Health Organization's (WHO) Guidelines on the provision of Manual Wheelchairs in less resourced settings. Johanniter is cooperating with Motivation on projects in Haiti, Sri Lanka and India.

St John

Order of St John

The "Most Venerable Order of St John", also known as "Order of St John", is present in all former Commonwealth countries. The order established "St John Ambulance", which focuses on first-aid education, and emergency and youth services. St John Ambulance has approximately 300 000 members in 42 countries.

The SPHERE Project
The Sphere Project is a voluntary initiative that brings a wide range of humanitarian agencies together around a common aim - to improve the quality of humanitarian assistance and the accountability of humanitarian actors to their constituents, donors and affected populations. The Sphere Handbook is one of the most widely known and internationally recognized sets of common principles and universal minimum standards in life-saving areas of humanitarian response. Established in 1997, the Sphere Project is not a membership organisation. Governed by a Board composed of representatives of global networks of humanitarian agencies, the Sphere Project today is a vibrant community of humanitarian response practitioners.

Otto Bock

Otto Bock Healthcare GmbH

For projects with an orthopaedic focus, to be implemented in developing countries, Johanniter collaborates with Otto Bock Healthcare GmbH, a MedTech company located in Duderstadt, which offers an array of orthopaedic services, including equipment, prosthetics, and consumables.

Gemeinsam für Afrika


UNITED FOR AFRICA is a fusion consisting of 23 German aid organisations. With a national campaign UNITED FOR AFRIKA would like to draw attention to both the suffering and the potential of people in Africa and to motivate politics and society to commit more strongly to the fight against poverty.&nb

World Food Programm

United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD)

United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) is a World Food Program (WFP) network designed as logistical service provider for registered users (UN organizations, government and non-governmental organizations). UNHRD members are enabled to store relief items for disasters in depots that are located in strategic locations worldwide. Because of the dislocated depots relief items can be shipped to disaster affected areas on short notice.

NGO Voice

Voluntary Organisations in Cooperation in Emergencies (VOICE)

Voluntary Organisations in Cooperation in Emergencies (VOICE) is a network made up of 84 European non-governmental organisations that work in the humanitarian aid sector. Johanniter regularly participates in conferences, and at workshops held by
VOICE, and also contributes to the organisation’s policy documents.

Wash Netzwerk


The German Network for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) was founded by German non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) on June 20th 2011. The members of the WASH Network are German non-profit organisations which focus on development cooperation or humanitarian emergency relief and rehabilitation and are actively engaged in the WASH sector.