Diakonia is the joint international development organization of two Swedish churches. Our head office is located in Sweden. We have regional offices in Africa, Asia, the Middle East/North Africa and Latin America, as well as local offices in most of the countries where we have partner organizations.
Diakonia's annual meeting consists of eight representatives from the two denominations that are on the board of Diakonia.
The annual meeting elects the board and the secretary general. It also decides on the general framework for Diakonia's finances.
The board, with its seven members, bears overall responsibility for Diakonia's work. The board members are selected on basis of their background, experience and competence. Most of the board members come from the two denominations that form part of Diakonia's support base in Sweden.
The secretary general is the chief executive. One of the important tasks of this post is to represent Diakonia in different forums and situations. Another is to ensure that decisions taken by the annual meeting and board are implemented.
Lena Ingelstam is the secretary general since June 2020. Her engagement in international development started in Diakonia when she was appointed Regional Manager for South America, stationed in La Paz, Bolivia, in 1998. Since then she has gained important experiences from working for the Swedish development cooperation, both from the Swedish Development Cooperation Agency, Sida, and from working within several development organizations.
Diakonia's head office is situated in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden. Staff work with fundraising, education, information, mobilisation, advocacy and administration. Coordinating international development work is naturally also an important task. Overall policy, methodological and mainstreaming work is also led from head office.
Regional and local offices
Diakonia has regional and local offices offices in a number of countries in which we have partner organizations. The work with our partner organizations, along with the monitoring and evaluation of activities, is based at these offices.
Diakonia has two foundations: First the founding churches in Sweden and their congregations, second all the partner organizations in 25 countries.
Diakonia's General Assembly meets once a year and elects the Board and the Secretary General. It also decides on the general framework for Diakonia's finances. The Board bears the overall responsibility for Diakonia's work.
Where we work
Diakonia has about 400 partner organizations in 25 countries. There are country offices in most countries where we have partner organizations. The regional offices are located in Bogotá, Nairobi, Jerusalem and Chiang-Mai. The head office is located in Sweden.