Global campaign starts – Together #WeDigDeeper

Together We Dig Deeper

April 15, 2016 | Posted in Press release | By

Together We Dig Deeper

Together #WeDigDeeper

The expansion of IAS has always been driven by need, injustice and that no one else is responding to the needs of the population. The foundation for the growth has been our core values of missions, integrity, relational leadership and team work, empathy (compassion) and equality.

With this global campaign called ‘Together #WeDigDeeper’ we wish to continue to build on this foundation. We will continue to serve the unreached and underprivileged population. We will continue to stay true to our calling and mandate. We will sustain what we have meanwhile we continue to expand and grow into assisting populations in other regions. We want to be fit for purpose. But we need your help.

Thanks for your support and donation!


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Läkarmissionen and IAS team up to make a bigger impact


February 15, 2016 | Posted in Press release | By

New strategic partnership on the Swedish aid scene:

Läkarmissionen and IAS team up to make a bigger impact


Through a new partnership agreement between Läkarmissionen and International Aid Services (IAS), SEK 50 million will be invested in assisting some of the world’s most marginalized populations. A comparatively small investment, but by combining the strengths of both organizations, the aim is to make a big impact in people’s lives.

– After 23 years of successful collaboration, we are very happy to have entered into this partnership with IAS since it enables us to use our resources in a more efficient way. Our broad base of donors secures stable funding and IAS’ strong field capacity will provide lasting solutions for people living in regions where little or no development has reached, says Johan Lilja, Director of Läkarmissionen.


Johan Lilja, Director at Läkarmissionen (left) and Daniel Zetterlund, CEO at International Aid Services (right). Photo: Håkan Flank


The collaboration between Läkarmissionen and IAS started with interventions geared towards increasing the water coverage for the conflict affected region of Western Darfur in Sudan. Since then the cooperation has expanded, and has covered several countries on the African continent.

The key driver of the partnership has always been to meet the needs of the most vulnerable populations, often in highly volatile and conflict affected regions. IAS has been the implementing partner on ground and Läkarmissionen has been the enabler by providing targeted and timely funding. With the new agreement, both partners will be able to accelerate and expand their global reach.

Under the agreement, Läkarmissionen will provide IAS with SEK 50 million over a period of five years. The funding will be used for targeted investments in order to accelerate organizational implementation capacity in geographical areas of common concern, for continued bilateral project support, and for baselines and joint programme cooperation making the partnership attractive also for larger institutional donors.

– IAS and Läkarmissionen share the same vision and drive to reach out to and assist the most marginalized populations. We are very excited about the new partnership, and believe it will create ripple effects far beyond what can be perceived today. It will be a vital step in increasing our global reach as a relevant actor on the humanitarian and development scene on behalf of the many people we aim to assist, says Daniel Zetterlund, CEO of IAS.

For more information, please contact:
Johan Lilja, Director at Läkarmissionen, +46 70 628 8161,
Daniel Zetterlund, CEO of IAS, +46 70 777 7378,

Photo and caption
A high-resolution photo (by Håkan Flank) from the signing of the agreement can be downloaded here.
Caption: Johan Lilja and Daniel Zetterlund shake hands after signing the new partnership agreement.

Läkarmissionen in brief
Since 1958, Läkarmissionen has been changing the future for vulnerable people. In 2015, we invested more than SEK 100 million in our purposes, primarily aid interventions on four continents with focus on Africa. Our main source of funding is donations from individuals in Sweden. Our aim is to help people help themselves change their lives for the better. This is made possible by close collaborations with local partners in three main fields: social care, education and self-sufficiency. We are also actively involved in humanitarian aid. See also

International Aid Services (IAS) in brief
IAS was formed in 1989 as a response to the crisis in South Sudan. Today the organization has more than 350 staff and on the ground presence in 10 African countries (Niger, Chad, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somaliland/Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania). Water (WASH), Inclusive Education and Civil Society Development are key sectors of expertise. Over the next few years IAS aims to expand in the Sahel region (West Africa) and the MENA region. See also

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Live: We are in Yei, South Sudan, celebrating 25 years of service (1989-2014)


March 27, 2015 | Posted in Press release | By

March 27th, 2015, South Sudan

Great day in Yei, South Sudan, today! Wonderful to celebrate our 25 years of service and to share the joy with our collegues from all the IAS countries. We will continue to stay focus on our vision and mission in the years to come. Thanks for all your support over the years!

For more pictures pls check our facebook page and instagram account.

Text & photo: Andreas Zetterlund



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25 years celebrations kicks off in Yei, South Sudan


March 16, 2015 | Posted in 25 Years Celebrations, Press release, Upcoming events | By


IAS celebrated its 25th anniversary in Yei, South Sudan, between 24-27 March 2015 where both staff, partners and guests participated.

Read more about the 25th anniversary

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IAS arrange IWRM seminar


March 2, 2015 | Posted in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Press release, Upcoming events | By

16-9ENGlargeSeminariumIWRMtisd3MarsOn Tuesday March 3rd 2015, IAS will arrange a seminar on:

Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) the practical way – using IWRM as tool for sustainable development


– Unpacking IWRM
– IWRM in practice – some case studies from IAS experience
– Outlook – trends/opportunities/challenges
– Questions and answers

The seminar will be facilitated by Mr. Sahnon Abbass, IAS global IWRM Focal Point, and will be an excellent opportunity to, in an informal setting, engage in a dialogue around critical water related challenges facing our sector.

The seminar is only for invited guests.

Abstract/background to the seminar

This year marks our 25th year of existence as an organization. Today we have in-country registrations in 10 countries in the regions of SAHEL, East Africa and Horn of Africa. Water (and hygiene/sanitation) has been the backbone of our programming and will continue to be our main focus of engagement in the years ahead. Some reasons for this are: Water is a fundamental human right,; water is considered as one of the most pressing global needs; water is a continuous source of tension/conflict, but most importantly; water is one of the key drivers for sustained health and economic development. In order to continue to improve in this regard we took the strategic decision 7 years ago to adopt an Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) approach to water programming.

IWRM is usually considered as a higher level policy and longer term development approach. However, our aim is to make that approach attainable and practical. Our approach is therefore a field-based and project based way of dealing with IWRM. We use IWRM in both humanitarian and development programming and see it as a perfect fit for resilience and a way to bridge the gap between the two.

This week we are honoured to have Mr. Sahnon Abbass in Sweden. He has a strong background in geology, development studies, environmental planning and other water related fields and is serving as our global IWRM Focal Point. Based in Sudan he is now providing support to our various countries of operation on all IWRM related issues. He is currently finishing an updated version of our IWRM Manual and some of the findings will be presented in this seminar.

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year


December 19, 2014 | Posted in Press release | By


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Appointment of New CEO for IAS


June 23, 2014 | Posted in Press release | By

Daniel Zetterlund

Daniel Zetterlund

In 2012, the Executive Board of International Aid Services (IAS) began the undertaking of a leadership search and transition plan for the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) within the organizational structure of IAS. In February of 2014, after having evaluated numerous qualified candidates for the position of CEO, the Executive Board of IAS unanimously agreed that Daniel Zetterlund was to be offered the role of CEO for International Aid Services beginning January 1, 2015. The recommendation by the Executive Board was approved by the IAS General Assembly held in May of 2014.

As of May 24, 2014, Daniel Zetterlund has assumed the transitional duties of IAS Deputy CEO until the end of the year when he will accept the position of CEO for IAS beginning January 1, 2015. Daniel’s international management credentials and proven leadership skills have made him the perfect candidate for this position, and IAS is fortunate that Daniel has agreed to take on this new challenge of moving IAS forward in its organizational mission and vision.

The current CEO of IAS, Leif Zetterlund, after January 1, 2015, will transition into other leadership roles within IAS. IAS is excited to announce these new changes, and the organization wishes to extend our utmost appreciation and gratitude for the stewardship and leadership exercised by Leif Zetterlund during the twenty-five years of the organization’s existence. A solid foundation has been laid, and we look forward to continuing to build on that groundwork and expand our organizational capacity under the new leadership of Daniel Zetterlund.


Douglas Mann
Chairman, IAS Executive Board
President, IAS America

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