AWO International in Southeast Asia

AWO International was founded in 1998 as a professional association for development cooperation and humanitarian action within the framework of the German welfare organization “Arbeiterwohlfahrt” (AWO). In cooperation with local partner organizations, AWO International is committed to support marginalized and disadvantaged groups of society to sustainably improve their living conditions. In crisis situations, AWO International, also in cooperation with local non-governmental organizations, quickly provides humanitarian aid to the affected population and supports the rehabilitation and reconstruction process. The head office of AWO International is in Berlin, Germany.


Combating human trafficking and promoting safe labor migration

The Philippines and Indonesia, both lower income middle countries are receiving significant remittances abroad; one of the leading sources of household income for both countries. According to the World Bank, the Philippines received US$ 32.8 billion, while Indonesia was at US$ 8.66 billion in 2017. The chance to earn more abroad and the hope of a better life entice potential migrant workers to grab these opportunities making them susceptible to all forms of human trafficking, such as forced labor and sexual exploitation; mostly women are affected.

AWO International Southeast Regional Office, in cooperation with eight local partner organizations in the Philippines and Indonesia are implementing projects that address the issues and concerns of potential migrant workers, migrant workers and returning migrant workers. [More]


Humanitarian aid and disaster risk reduction

AWO International Southeast Asia provides humanitarian assistance during emergencies with the aim of delivering life-saving needs and to ensure the protection of the most vulnerable in affected areas. In recent years, AWO International has responded to major disasters and crises in the Philippines and Indonesia, such as Typhoon Haiyan (2013), Marawi Crisis (2017), and Lombok earthquakes (2018). [More]