World Humanitarian Day, 19 August 2018


August 17, 2018 | Posted in All Countries, General, Press release, Thematic areas | By


While the world gets “more organised”, with various institutions in place and advocating in various ways to promote living in harmony, the lives of humanitarian workers and those that they seek to serve seem to be increasingly endangered. In some of the places where IAS and other humanitarian agencies serve, it is almost a norm that workers are harassed in different ways on a daily basis.

IAS joins the world humanitarian community on this year’s World Humanitarian Day to remind the world that as we serve in the difficult areas and seek to alleviate suffering, some of which is man-made, as well as that caused by natural effects, we would like to serve without fearing for our own lives. It becomes sad when the resources that are intended to serve the suffering are either targeted and destroyed, or a significant amount has to be used just to ensure that the people safe. In some of the world’s environments where we fear for the lives of workers each day it is increasingly becoming expensive to just operate to deliver aid. We do not think this should be so!


The communities we serve are #NotaTarget (Photo: International Aid Services)


Our Teams are #NotaTarget (Photo: International Aid Services)

Despite these challenges, we continue to be thankful for our teams that have served with endurance is some of the hard-to-reach areas despite the challenges. When teams have been ambushed on the road and robbed, or attacked in the offices or their residence quarters, we have not given up and left the people that are facing unspeakable suffering.

On this day we join with others to declare that we are #NotaTarget as we serve! The communities that we serve are #NotaTarget! Our equipment or service vehicles are #NotaTarget! We join others to call for a cessation of attacks on humanitarian workers and civilians in whatever form.

// Milward Mwamvani (Humanitarian Coordinator)

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Läkarmissionen and IAS/Sweden are planning a merger for a stronger future


April 23, 2018 | Posted in Press release | By

Läkarmissionen and IAS/Sweden are planning a merger in order to enhance capacity and equip the two organisations for the future. – A fantastic opportunity to provide support and assistance to even more people in vulnerable contexts, says Johan Lilja, CEO of Läkarmissionen.

Läkarmissionen and International Aid Services (IAS) / Sweden have cooperated since 1994, mainly in regards to various water- and sanitation projects. The cooperation has increased during the years and in 2016 the two organisations signed an agreement aiming at deepening the cooperation. With the planned merger they are taking it one step further.

– With a strengthened administrative capacity we are able to focus even more on our role as a global humanitarian actor, says Daniel Zetterlund, CEO of IAS/Sweden.

The two organisations are merging in order to create synergies and enhance aid efficiency, sustainability and relevance. The two operations complement each other well. Together IAS/Sweden and Läkarmissionen will become stronger and can assist more people in vulnerable contexts.

– For Läkarmissionen the merger is fully in line with the ambition to increase our field presence. It will also enable a growth in institutional funding adding value to our existing funding portfolio, says Johan Lilja, CEO of Läkarmissionen.
The merger will formally mean that IAS/Sweden, with retained identity, will be incorporated in Läkarmissionen. Läkarmissionen will enhance IAS/Sweden operations with a well-established administrative capacity, strong own financing and competence within development aid. IAS/Sweden will contribute with a strong implementing capacity in the field and a wide network of international donors and stakeholders.

Both Johan Lilja and Daniel Zetterlund are grateful for the support they have received from their respective Board and Management throughout this process. The aim is that the formal incorporation will take place during the summer of 2018 after which it will be one organisation.

The new operation will have a turnover of more than 200 MSEK and more than 350 employees of which approximately 90% are locally employed in the field.

For more information, please contact:

Johan Lilja, CEO, Läkarmissionen – Tel +46-70-6288161
Daniel Zetterlund, CEO, International Aid Services / Sweden – Tel +46-70-7777378
Bo Guldstrand, President, Läkarmissionen
Johan Sigge, Board Chair, International Aid Services / Sweden


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Läkarmissionen and IAS/Sweden are planning a merger for a stronger future (April 23, 2018)

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Facelift of IAS logo and brand


March 5, 2018 | Posted in Press release | By

Today we are pleased to announce a facelift of the IAS logo and brand. We believe the changes are timely, appropriate and will enhance the communication of the IAS brand globally.

Our current logo and brand has been in use since 2004. This was a dramatic change from the original logo and brand which had been in use since the establishment of IAS in 1989. The change of logo and brand at the time coincided with the name change from International Aid Sweden to International Aid Services; encompassing the global nature of IAS following the additions of several entities joining the IAS International Association. In November 2015 IAS changed its governance structure to become an International Alliance with IAS Sweden, IAS Denmark, IAS Germany and IAS USA as the legacy members. IAS Sweden was formally mandated to act as Head Office for the Alliance. In 2016 IAS also adopted a new global organizational strategy – Fit for Purpose: A strategy for sustained growth, 2016-2020.

The facelift of the IAS brand and logo presented today is a result of deliberations between IAS Alliance Members and an important step in propelling our strategy and vision.

The main differences from the previous logo and brand are a mother logo with the abbreviation IAS more clearly marked as well as a more distinct shield. Recognizing the need to be able to communicate the diversity of the IAS brand we have also introduced four different denominations – separate communicative brands with different names and colour codes but still clearly attached to the IAS brand. Finally, we have introduced a gravatar option for all the logos to be used in primarily social media platforms.

Kindly refer to the ‘IAS Brand White Paper’ for more detailed information. A new facelift of IAS website and media outlets will follow shortly

International Aid Services (IAS) is an International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO) abiding by Christian values. Founded in 1989 with the purpose of assisting conflict affected populations in South Sudan we now run programs in over 10 countries in primarily Horn of Africa /Eastern Africa supported by 4 offices in Europe and the United States. The Alliance Head Office is located in Stockholm, Sweden.

We see ourselves as catalysts for development. Investing in people in order for them realize their full potential – going beyond relief and development.

Download the “IAS Brand White Paper” here

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USAID funding secured for response in Uganda

November 24, 2017 | Posted in Press release, Sanitation, Uganda, Water | By

Stichting ZOA Uganda, International Aid Services Uganda, and Malteser International Consortium secured USD 1.5 million as a gift of the United States Government under the Population Refugees and Migration (PRM) fund. This fund is for the implementation of a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene response among the South Sudanese refugees in Imvepi Refugee Settlement. The one year funding took effect from 15th September 2017.

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