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G7 must address famine

Adhieu Deng Ngewei and other women work together on April 12, 2017, in a community vegetable garden in Dong Boma, a Dinka village in South Sudan's Jonglei State. Most of the women's families recently returned home after being displaced by rebel soldiers in December, 2013, and they face serious challenges in rebuilding their village while simultaneously coping with a drought which has devastated their cattle herds. The Lutheran World Federation, a member of the ACT Alliance, is helping the villagers restart their lives with support for housing, livelihood, and food security. South Sudan. Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT
24 May 2017

PRESS RELEASE Not nearly enough is being done to save the lives of the 20 million people who face famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria. Among them are 1.4 million children, who are at imminent risk of death unless aid reaches them immediately. In this day and age, famine cannot be tolerated, not […]

ACT calls for investment in vulnerability reduction at the Cancun disaster risk reduction conference

Workers carry pipe as they drill a well on April 7, 2017, in Rumading, a village in South Sudan's Lol State where more than 5,000 people, displaced by drought and conflict, remain in limbo. In early 2017, they set out walking for Sudan, seeking better conditions, but were stopped from crossing the border. They remain camped out under the trees at Rumading, eating wild leaves as the rainy season approaches. In early April, Norwegian Church Aid, a member of the ACT Alliance, began drilling the well in the informal settlement and distributed sorghum, beans and cooking oil to the most vulnerable families. The ACT Alliance is carrying out the emergency assistance in coordination with government officials and the local Catholic parish. South Sudan. Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT
24 May 2017

PRESS RELEASE As the international community gathers in Cancun, Mexico for the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, ACT Alliance calls for the reduction of vulnerabilities and an increased focus on the human rights and dignity of people currently facing significant risks as a result of different types of catastrophes. “Communities and people in all […]

Give and forgive

Mobil Kon displays fish he caught in Poktap, a town in South Sudan's Jonglei State where conflict, drought and inflation have caused severe food insecurity. The Lutheran World Federation, a member of the ACT Alliance, is helping families tackle food problems, including by providing cash for the purchase of fishing line and hooks. South Sudan. Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT
20 May 2017

  “Give us today our daily bread.” We know the prayer, we need the prayer and the prayer reminds us of who is the ultimate giver. But the next prayer seems to deal with something totally different: “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive them that trespass against us”. It does not. On this Global […]

At the frontline in disasters and disaster risk reduction

Sapana Lamichhone (right), a pyscho-social volunteer for the ACT Alliance in Makaising, a village in the Gorkha District of Nepal, explains to neighbors the variety of options they have for constructing houses to replace the homes they lost in a devastating 2015 earthquake. Dan Church Aid, a member of the ACT Alliance, has provided a variety of support to local villagers in the wake of the quake, including the training of carpenters and masons who can build the new dwellings once the government disburses funds for their construction.
19 May 2017

  Churches pay witness to disasters whether human-induced or natural.   The shared mission of bringing the Good News of solidarity, service, compassion and love to those affected, regardless of their faith, is central to very existence of ACT Alliance and its members.  Devastation is not part of the calling of Churches. Ours is a calling […]

Signs of progress towards the implementation of Paris Agreement

Pictures of the Human face of climate change stunt during the COP22
18 May 2017

PRESS RELEASE As two weeks of UN climate negotiations end in Bonn, international faith-based humanitarian and development network ACT Alliance sees signs of progress towards the implementation of the Paris agreement. However, progress is slow, and a number of difficult issues still remain to be resolved. Despite threats of US withdrawal from the Paris agreement, […]

The quest for climate finance

Participants contribute coins into a piggy bank during the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, December 10, 2015. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
17 May 2017

  When ACT members around the world reach out to poor and vulnerable communities, there is no doubt about the need for support. There is urgent need to strengthen their resilience, and to adapt to the effects of climate change. To make that happen there is a need for funding. In the UN, rich and […]

Youthful, truthful and fruitful!

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16 May 2017

Instead of country delegates, civil society observers fill the Chamber Hall in the UNFCCC World Conference Centre in Bonn. Two young men are standing behind one of the few country-signs: “When we get home, we will give lectures to 5000 young people about the Climate Negotiations,” they say.  They are youth delegates from the Netherlands. […]

UN Climate talks: The urgency for a gender-responsive approach

Workshop break-out group discussion on means of implementation.
15 May 2017

    We are four days into the negotiations in Bonn and the spirit is high. Not only are the chestnuts in the city in full bloom, but constructive discussions on many of the topics under the Paris agreement are underway, including the crucial topic of how to enhance the implementation of gender related mandates and […]

Together we live out Diakonia

Outgoing ACT Alliance general secretary Dr John Nduna greets LWF President Bishop Munib Younan and LWF general secretary rev. Dr Martin Junge. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
12 May 2017

This week, ACT’s General Secretary John Nduna is attending the Twelfth Lutheran World Federation Assembly in Windhoek, Namibia.  “The Lutheran World Federation, together with the World Council of Churches, were the founding members of ACT,” said Nduna in his address to the Assembly.  “Membership in the alliance is mainly drawn from LWF and WCC member […]

Diakonia in the time of inequality

Credit: Paul Jeffrey
11 May 2017

Deeply concerned by the current evidence of growing inequalities and their impacts on the lives of people everywhere, ACT members Bread for the World, Church of Sweden and Norwegian Church Aid gathered representatives of 25 churches and ecumenical organisations from 20 countries in Sigtuna, Sweden in January 2017. We met as people of faith to […]

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