Communities of Practice

9th September 2015

Disability inclusive development CoP

The Disability-Inclusive development CoP aims to raise the profile of disability in the ACT Alliance, promote understanding of it as a human rights issue and actively advocate for the rights of people with disabilities. The CoP’s role is to gather the experiences of ACT members and others working in this area, to share that knowledge and support members to implement disability-inclusive programmes.

For more information contact the CoP focal point in the ACT secretariat, Felomain Nassar felomain.nassar[at]actalliance.org

Disaster risk reduction (DRR) and adaptation to climate change CoP

The aim of the DRR, Climate Change Adaptation and Sustainable Development CoP is to encourage ACT members to build disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation into their work. The CoP is a space for the exchange of ideas and experiences. It provides knowledge, expertise and advice, produces background material and represents ACT at international negotiations, conferences and other events.
For more information contact the CoP focal point in the ACT secretariat, James Munpa james.munpa[at]actalliance.org

Gender equality and justice CoP

ACT has committed itself to working gender awareness into all of its work. The overall objective of the Gender Equality and Justice CoP is to embed gender equality into ACT’s internal structures and into the programme guidelines for ACT members. The CoP supports members in their efforts to create policy and programming that works for gender justice, to ensure that programmes reflect the needs and wishes of all people.
For more information contact the CoP focal point in the ACT secretariat, Carlos Rauda, carlos.rauda[at]actalliance.org

Human rights in development CoP

The Human Rights in Development CoP aims to further the implementation of rights-based development strategies within the alliance and among its partners. Its work involves enabling civil society action, based on international human rights standards.
For more information contact the CoP focal point in the ACT secretariat, Gezahegn Gebrehana gezehegn.gebrehana@actalliance.org

Migration and development CoP

The Migration and Development CoP, newly formed in 2014, takes advantage of ACT members’ and partners’ in-depth knowledge to help develop useful interventions for the protection of migrants’ rights. The group’s common working issues include migrants’ rights, statelessness, migration and livelihoods, migration and climate change, and trafficked persons on the move. It also aims to strengthen and increase the visibility of ecumenical structures related to migration and development.
For more information contact the CoP focal point in the ACT secretariat, Gorden Simango gorden.simango@actalliance.org

Psychosocial CoP

The overall objective of the Psychosocial Support CoP is to strengthen the alliance’s capacity for psychosocial support. It aims to give suffering communities resilience and capacity to cope by building cooperation and opening access to the support they need. In 2014, the CoP worked on spreading the importance of community-based psychosocial support (CBPS) as a vital part of any ACT Alliance humanitarian response, across all sectors. The group is also working to show the relevance of CBPS to development work.

For more information contact the CoP focal point in the ACT secretariat, Rosa Maria Matamoros rosa.matamoros[at]actalliance.org

Religion and Development CoP

The objective of this CoP is  to develop a better understanding of the intersection between religion and development, contributing to improve development interventions that engage people’s world views, values and practices informed by religion for sustainability and local ownership, as well as play a constructive role in ensuring that the convergence that seems to be emerging between religion and development is consolidated, appropriated, spread and translated into global policy on development.

For more information contact the CoP focal point in the ACT secretariat,  Gwen Berge gwen.berge[at]actalliance.org

Safety and security CoP

The Safety and Security CoP is made up of the safety and security experts linked to ACT member organisations. These experts are responsible for the safety and security of people deployed to programmes. As well as providing training to their own staff, the CoP advises ACT forums in their response efforts.The CoP tries to cover every country in which its members work and to have a training opportunity there annually.It monitors the hot spots of the world, focusing on particular regions. The great value of this group is in the knowledge of its members and their drive to provide proper safety and security.
For more information visit the CoPs dedicated website www.act-security.org
(The ACT online security induction course is available on the same homepage)

Protection CoP

The Protection CoP seeks to strengthen the capacity of ACT and its members to protect crisis-affected communities and to influence the policy of global actors. It is a forum to share lessons learned and best practices, to engage in reflection and mutual learning, and to improve protection programming and advocacy. The entire alliance benefits from this expert group when addressing protection challenges. The group offers policy-related advice to members and advisory groups.
For more information contact the CoP focal point in the ACT secretariat, Anoop Sukumaran anoop.sukumaran[at]actalliance.org

Youth Participation CoP

This CoP aims to grow youth participation in ACT Alliance. It aims to ensure that youth are treated as agents of change and have their voices heard. Many ACT Alliance member organisations are working with youth related issues, having intergenerational approaches and having their own youth organisations, therefore the CoP creates a common meeting space for these organisations, to increase the attention given to youth participation and encourage cooperation across the alliance on such issues.

For more information contact the CoP focal point in the ACT secretariat, Arnold Ambundo arnold.ambundo[at]actalliance.org