The Alliance Development Works is an alliance of German development and relief agencies providing long-term aid in the aftermath of major disasters and in emergencies. The association brings together larger and smaller, church and non-church development and relief agencies along with their respective specialities. Pooling these competencies enables efficient and effective action. The agencies continue to act independently, but also support each other and co-ordinate their activities. Donations collected jointly are divided up equally among the organisations in the alliance.
Emergency relief alone is not enough. The Alliance Development Works goal is to fight the causes of want, poverty and conflicts.