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25 Jun 2014
Engaging a new generation in renewed global ecumenical action for justice, peace, and reconciliation on the Korean peninsula is a key commitment from the International Consultation on Justice, Peace and [...]

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05 Jul 2017

ACT Alliance General Secretary Rudelmar Bueno de Faria has begun his tenure with ACT by focusing on enhancing ACT’s relationships with the United Nations and other global agencies.  In his first weeks he has held meetings with UNICEF, UNFPA, UN Women, UNDP, the UN Deputy-Secretary-General´s office, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on the Prevention of […]

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20 Jun 2017

ACT Alliance, together with a range of other ecumenical actors, today issued a joint ecumenical statement for World Refugee Day 2017. Calling the unprecedented global refugee crisis “an opportunity to grow together,” the statement calls on all of us “to build bridges of solidarity rather than walls of division.” Reflecting on the statement’s assertion that, […]

John Nduna reflects on the importance of ecumenism and the ACT Alliance during celebrations of his retirement. Photo: Simon Chambers
01 Jun 2017

  Ecumenical leaders, ACT secretariat staff, WCC and LWF leaders, the ACT governing board and others gathered in Geneva yesterday to celebrate John Nduna’s work with first ACT International and then as General Secretary of ACT Alliance since its founding. John was praised for his ecumenical approach, his ability to lead in difficult times, and […]

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   In this day and age, famine cannot be tolerated, not just because every human being is valued in God’s sight and has the right to eat but also because starvation singles out the weakest and most vulnerable from among us. It is the moral duty of wealthy nations to do all they […]

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 […]

A woman cross the flooded valley with food aid. Gerbile village is hit by drought. And now flooding. The dry soil is not able to absorb the rain, and the flooding destroy the landscape in Fafan zone, Somali region
04 Apr 2017

    The Horn of Africa is once again hit by drought. It is not the first time but this time it is critical. The current drought is projected to become the worst in decades, even worse than the one that led to the 2011 East Africa famine.[1] The good news, providing hope, is that […]

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06 Mar 2017

  When Rudelmar Bueno de Faria joins the ACT Alliance as the new General Secretary on June 1, he will arrive with 25 years of experience working in the ecumenical family. Rudelmar has worked with LWF World Service and the WCC in a wide range of roles. “I had the opportunity to work in different […]

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17 Feb 2017

PRESS RELEASE GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Governing Board of the ACT Alliance is pleased to announce the appointment of Rudelmar Bueno de Faria as the new General Secretary of ACT Alliance. He will begin his term as General Secretary on 1st June 2017, relocating to Geneva at that time. Rudelmar brings a wealth of experience to […]

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14 Feb 2017

  ACT Alliance is joining with UNICEF and other partners to launch a programme called Refugees Welcome.  This programme is an opportunity for ACT and its members to stand in solidarity with the world’s 65 million displaced persons, over half of whom are children.  Many ACT members have been responding to the needs of refugees […]

It takes a village to build a well. Residents of the Khamsadegaig Camp for internally displaced persons look down a well they built with help from the Darfur Emergency Response Operation, a joint program of Caritas Internationalis and ACT Alliance. The Catholic and Protestant aid networks have pooled their resources since 2004 in order to help some of the 2.5 million people displaced by violent conflict in Sudan's western Darfur region. Photo: Paul Jeffrey
09 Dec 2016

  There are still some people out there who believe that faith and Christianity are in complete contradiction with human rights. I don’t. In fact, most faith-based justice and rights proponents believe that faith values and principles support human rights. For example, according to James Wood[1]  ‘The creation of humankind in the image of God […]

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10 Nov 2016

PRESS RELEASE Leaders from various faiths today came together to hand an interfaith statement to the UNFCCC Executive Secretary calling for clear action to move from polluting fossil fuel use towards clean renewable energy sources. Representatives from Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist communities among others showed their united support for the full and ambitious […]

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09 Nov 2016

PRESS RELEASE Delegations from the ACT Alliance, Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and World Council of Churches (WCC) at the United Nations climate conference in Marrakech, Morocco, 7-18 November, are jointly demanding a more rapid transition to a low-carbon economy based on clean energy in order to stem rising global temperatures. The faith-based organizations are represented […]

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01 Nov 2016

In order to better understand the impact of climate change in people’s lives, a face-to-face meeting can be extremely helpful. The encounter with young Catharin made me realise that Climate Change has an undeniable human face. Catharin, eight years old, is the youngest moderator on a community radio in Cara Sucia, El Salvador, severely affected […]

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23 Jun 2016

PRESS RELEASE   Governments must act now to address economic and social inequalities that divide people and countries, benefiting only a few and forcing the many into cycles of poverty, vulnerability and marginalization, international humanitarian and development network ACT Alliance has said. Commenting as the World Wealth Report from CapGemini was released today, ACT Alliance said […]

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08 Jun 2016

PRESS RELEASE Cecilia Richard, 33, harvests millet in Captain, a village in southern Malawi that has been hard hit by drought in recent years, leading to chronic food insecurity, especially during the “hunger season,” when farmers are waiting for the harvest. ACT Alliance has worked with farmers in this village to switch to alternative, drought-resistant […]

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20 May 2016

Hari Maya Bhujel hugs her grandson, 5-year old Utsab, in Majhitar, a village in the Dhading District of Nepal where Dan Church Aid, a member of the ACT Alliance, has provided a variety of support to local villagers in the wake of a devastating 2015 earthquake. Photo: Paul Jeffrey   The first-ever World Humanitarian Summit […]

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10 May 2016

As a global alliance, with presence in more than 140 countries, primarily at the local and national levels, ACT Alliance members are well positioned to respond to local emergencies enabling a rapid response and minimising damaging impacts of disaster. Rooted in faith, the alliance uses community-based frontline responders, even in disasters that do not make […]

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16 Nov 2015

  As the fourth UN Business and Human Rights Forum starts today in Geneva, Switzerland, faith based organisations from Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America have called for more robust standards to hold businesses accountable to human rights.In a public event held at the Ecumenical Center in Geneva organised by ACT Alliance, the World Council […]

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29 Oct 2015

Less than one month after the bombing of the Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) Trauma Centre in Kunduz, Afghanistan that resulted in the deaths of at least 30 staff and patients, the humanitarian community is again outraged at the aerial attack on another MSF medical facility in Haydan, Yemen. ACT Alliance deplores these attacks, and stands […]

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20 Oct 2015

Today a statement signed by 154 religious leaders from different faith groups has been handed over to the Executive Director of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Christiana Figueres. While negotiators representing 194 countries gather in Bonn this week to work on a draft text for December’s climate conference in Paris, religious leaders […]

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13 Feb 2015

ACT member HEKS has been working in Albania since the beginning of the nineteen-nineties. By networking with strong partner organisations, including one of the four biggest NGOs in Albania, HEKS is succeeding in improving the lot of marginalised groups who are particularly adversely affected by the weak state and who are denied access to education, […]

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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 […]