CT forums are shared platforms or spaces comprising ACT members and observers who are engaged in a particular country or region. The main objective of an ACT forum is to increase the effectiveness and impact of the humanitarian assistance and development work being undertaken by members through improved coordination.
National and Regional Forums
In most cases, forums are most effective when members work together at the national level as they can undertake joint analysis of the country together and explore opportunities for collaboration in their humanitarian, development and advocacy work. However, at times, it is more effective for members to work together in regional forums; for examples, in regions where there are few local ACT members (e.g. the Pacific, Eastern Europe and Middle East) or when the work of members transcends national borders (eg: refugees, food crises, political conflict etc). In some regions, national ACT forums have also met together regionally to share information and develop regional strategies (e.g. Southern Africa and Central America). This Policy and Guidelines is therefore applicable to both national and regional forums.
An ACT forum is part of ACT Alliance and is not a separate entity. ACT does not promote the establishment of formalised structures with statutes, by-laws etc but rather encourages members to develop cooperative ways of working which should be defined by a Memorandum of Understanding.
The ACT Governing Board and secretariat is aware that, in some countries, ACT members are concerned about the difficulties of working under the common name and logo of ACT without legal registration. When this issue arises, the Forum is requested to discuss the issue with the Secretariat before taking any action to register the Alliance.
The ACT Alliance National and Regional Forum Policy and Guidelines is available in English, French and Spanish.