ACT News

SARF activists take on extractives and governance

17 Jan 2014

The Southern Africa Regional Forum (SARF) has as a group been a strong advocate for justice in the extractive industry and in governance since 2012. The issues are a shared priority, as the forum’s 44 members and one observer work with communities affected by multinational or large companies working in the region. Taking the viewpoint that as the business sector works globally, so […]

Ongoing recovery in Haiti

12 Dec 2013

Food, fishing and a miracle plant – with these, ACT in Haiti is helping survivors of two hurricanes and a tropical storm get back on their economic feet. In the space of two years, tropical storm Tomas and hurricanes Isaac and Sandy crossed Haiti, a country still in the early stages of recovery from the […]

Syrian refugees in Armenia

10 Dec 2013

More than 11,000 Syrian refugees have arrived in Armenia. Most are ethnic Armenians whose families originally fled the 1915-16 Armenian genocide in which more than 1 million Armenians were killed. One-third of the existing Armenian population already live in poverty and 18 per cent are unemployed. It is a situation that does not bode well […]

Campaigning for peace

08 Dec 2013

The 2007 general elections in Kenya erupted in ethnic violence. To prevent a repeat in 2013, the ACT Kenya Forum, made up of 13 members, carried out a campaign for peace. The campaign was planned as a partnership between youth and faith communities. Focusing on the areas of violence from 2007, the campaign reached 15,000 […]

Middle East: EU action

08 Dec 2013

In 2012, the European Union announced that future agreements with Israel must exclude settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt). In 2013, it issued guidelines to exclude settlements’ participation in EU programmes. These steps were welcomed by several ACT members, who have long advocated for the EU not to participate in Israel’s violations of international […]

India: Cyclone Phailin

08 Dec 2013

In October, only a few months after the flooding in the north of India, Cyclone Phailin hit the eastern Indian states of Orissa and Andrha Pradesh, leaving 1 million people homeless. The livelihoods of up to 12 million were affected through loss of crops and destroyed or damaged businesses. ACT members deployed a large and […]

Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

08 Dec 2013

Typhoon Haiyan, considered the world’s deadliest typhoon and one of the most powerful to ever make landfall, tore through the Philippines on the morning of 8 November 2013 with winds of up to 275km an hour. ACT established a coordination centre in Manila, and initiated a massive combined response that has topped US$10m. Haiyan cut […]

Climate change and conflict in Mali

08 Dec 2013

Existing chronic food insecurity in Mali was compounded by three years of low rainfall, reducing the availability of food and increasing food prices beyond the reach of the poor. Mali is on the frontline of climate-related emergencies today. The UN Human Development Index ranks the country at 182 out of 187 countries. In 2013, environmental […]

Initiating inter-religious dialogue

08 Nov 2013

The Civil Society Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) has assessed international policies such as the Millennium Development Goals and concluded that they cannot be met with economic growth as the driver of development. Instead, it promotes political leadership and commitment to sustainable approaches. However, aid budgets are in decline, and in many parts of the […]

Ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria impacting neighbouring countries

08 Nov 2013

The civil war in Syria has been raging for three years, causing a severe humanitarian crisis. According to the UN, more than 4 million people have been displaced within the country and more than 2 million refugees have found their way to Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey and countries further afield. The death toll rose by […]

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