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.



The day after Typhoon Bopha raged through the southern Philippines island of Mindanao, a girl in the village of Maasin wades through a flooded area. The ACT Alliance helped people in this village to recover from the 2011 passage of Typhoon Washi, and thus resist their vulnerability to Typhoon Bopha.

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 […]

Children play in the spray of an overflowing water tank in the Dadaab refugee camp in northwestern Kenya. Tens of thousands of refugees have fled drought-stricken Somalia in recent weeks, swelling what was already the world's largest refugee settlement. The Lutheran World Federation--a member of the ACT Alliance--manages the camp, and is working with United Nations agencies in helping receive and house the new refugees.

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, […]

The May 12 Sichuan earthquake caused enormous socio-economic losses. 

ACT member Amity Foundation conducts emergency assessment and distributes goods to people affected by the earthquake.

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 […]

Nothing left: "This is the last of my food. Green grams (pulses) and a few beans.àI used to grow these myself but there has been no rainfall in eight years, so now I have to buy all food from the market. The prices keep going up. We only have enough food for one meal a day now, and that goes for all people in this area," says Lucia Muvili Ngotho from Kalimbui village in Mwingi, north east Kenya.

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 […]