Humanitarian

A small boy carries a bag of food and other relief supplies home following a distribution of the material to survivors in Estancia, a village in the Philippines that was hit hard by Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013. The storm was known locally as Yolanda. The food items were provided by the National Council of Churches of the Philippines, a member of the ACT Alliance.


Within the diversity of organisations that make up its membership, ACT Alliance endeavours to respond to emergencies around the world – local or global, large or small – with an ecumenical commitment to respond to the needs of communities when they are at their most vulnerable.

ACT members respond to a variety of types of emergency situations. 1.       Sudden-onset emergencies such as natural disasters 2.       Large-scale/global emergencies 3.       Complex emergencies, where there are multi-sectoral needs 4.       Protracted crises, such as long term war and instability that ‘normalises’ an emergency Through its Appeal function ACT Alliance raises funds within its membership to […]

ACT Alliance views advocacy as a critical and complementary means of ensuring effective protection for communities in emergency contexts. Advocacy in emergency is a means to implement the humanitarian imperative and ACT’s mandate as found in its founding document. ACT’s humanitarian action is guided by the fundamental humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence, […]

Emergency preparedness and response planning is an integral element of strengthening ACT Alliance’s capacity to respond more effectively to various types of emergencies with improved coordination and timeliness. Through national and regional ACT Forums members together develop emergency preparedness and response plans (EPRPs), developing common understandings of potential disasters in the area and how the […]

ACT Alliance’s humanitarian response uses the framework of the Core Humanitarian Standard as the benchmark by which to ensure quality and accountability.  The Core Humanitarian Standard sets out Nine Commitments that organisations and individuals involved in humanitarian response can use to improve the quality and effectiveness of the assistance they provide. It also facilitates greater […]