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, johan.lilja@lakarmissionen.se
Daniel Zetterlund, CEO of IAS, +46 70 777 7378, daniel.zetterlund@ias-intl.org

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 www.lakarmissionen.se

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 www.ias-intl.org


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