After the tsunami in December 2004, five German NGOs formed an alliance called the Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft (“Development Helps Alliance”), to meet urgent needs and achieve sustainable improvements in developing countries. In addition to Welthungerhilfe, the alliance now includes Brot für die Welt, Christoffel-Blindenmission, DAHW Deutsche Lepra- und Tuberkulosehilfe, Kindernothilfe, medico international, Misereor, Plan International, Terre des Hommes, and associated members German Doctors and Oxfam.
The alliance members cooperate with a network of local partners who are already on-site in case of a disaster. The projects of the alliance members are geared towards help for self-help. The alliance is mainly active in Africa, Asia and Latin America.