ACT Alliance demonstrates its value as the leading faith-based alliance in humanitarian response by working with faith and humanitarian actors at the global, regional, national, and community levels. ACT harnesses the combined strength of its members in delivering humanitarian response at scale and with considerable reach through joint programming approaches.

We commit to an effective ecumenical response that saves lives and maintains dignity, irrespective of race, gender, belief, nationality, ethnicity, or political persuasion. Humanitarian needs define our priorities and the humanitarian principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, and independence guide our actions. We remain committed to strengthening the resilience of affected communities and to being accountable to people and communities affected by a crisis. The ACT Alliance Secretariat is certified against the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability and is committed to the Sphere Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response.

We are active in more than 120 countries worldwide

Through its national, regional and sub-regional forums ACT Alliance provides humanitarian and emergency preparedness support to local communities helping them during a crisis and to become more resilient.


ACT humanitarian mechanism

The Rapid Response Fund is an innovative funding mechanism designed to put local communities at the centre of decision-making and is recognised as one of few such funding mechanisms across the sector. The RRF provides valuable opportunities to demonstrate the niche of faith actors in humanitarian response as we work closely with local ACT members and their community networks. On average, the RRF funds 20 emergencies annually and responses are implemented within six months.

The primary mechanism for large scale or global emergencies, including protracted crises: ACT Alliance raises an appeal to its membership with both requesting and funding members co-owning the process. Appeals are open for funding during their entire project period and accessible to both national and international ACT Alliance members.

Consortia represent a new funding mechanism for ACT Alliance. As part of Emergency Preparedness planning, consortiums are established before a disaster strikes and consortium members share a vision and strategic focus. Members self-organise and develop their own financial management models and programme strategies supported by the EPRP process and tools.

Emergency preparedness and response planning is integral to the strengthening of ACT Alliance’s capacity to respond effectively in emergencies through joint programming.

ACT national and regional forums develop emergency preparedness and response plans (EPRPs), working collaboratively to understand potential disaster risks and plan how to respond to emergencies quickly and effectively. Forum EPRPs are accessible by members through an online platform, which can be viewed by other members who may be interested to support them. ACT Forums use specific ACT guidelines and tools to support the process of developing an EPRP which is reviewed regularly.

EPRP platform

As part of the holistic and integrated approach to humanitarian response, development and advocacy, ACT’s emergency preparedness and humanitarian response is supported by stronger humanitarian coordination and advocacy with stakeholders and duty bearers.

In the current strategic period our advocacy focuses on three banner commitments to the Grand Bargain at the World Humanitarian Summit where ACT has made significant investments and where member engagement is quite strong: the localisation agenda and the primary role of national/local members and local faith actors; demonstrating the important role of faith actors in humanitarian response; and strengthening of cash-based programming across the humanitarian sector.

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Rapid Response Funds Payment for US$ 59,728. The goal of the proposed emergency response is to reduce the suffering of the most vulnerable flood affected families in the target area, helping them get back on their feet by providing for the most basic needs of food, non-food items and temporary shelter materials.   Rapid Response Funds - RRF06-2015_Lao-PDR_Flood_Response

14 August 2015 - ACT Pakistan Forum members, Community World Service Asia and Norwegian Church Aid are planning to assist the most vulnerable communities with health and WASH. PAK151_Floods_Sindh_Pakistan (Appeals and rapid response funds RRFs)

13 August 2015 - Church’s Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA) and the Lutheran World Service India Trust (LWSIT), members of ACT India Forum are planning to assist the most vulnerable flood affected with food and non-food items, livelihood assistance and DRR training. IND151Prel_India_Floods (Appeals and rapid response funds RRFs)

6 August 2015 - A massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake with an epicenter approximately 80 km north‐west of the ancient Nepali capital city of Kathmandu struck central Nepal at 11:41 AM on 25 April 2015. This is the most powerful earthquake to hit the region since the Bihar earthquake of 1934, and its impact has been devastating in terms of loss of life and destruction of infrastructure. As of the 20 May, the confirmed death toll in Nepal has reached 8,600. On top of this tragic loss of life, there has been massive damage to housing and other socio-economic infrastructure. In addition to this first crisis, a second 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on 12 May, with the epicenter on the border between Sindhupalchowk and Dolakha Districts, 76 km northeast of Kathmandu, exacerbating damage from the earlier quake, and expanding the geographical area of death and destruction.

The appeal is being revised to include the programme of ACT Nepal Forum member ICCO Cooperation, whose primary objective is to recover and improve the income generation of 10004 households mostly affected. This revised appeal replaces the appeal issued on 2 June 2015, now removed from our web site.


(Appeals and rapid response funds RRFs)

30 June 2015 - A new wave of attacks by the suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) and Mai Mai hit the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. It forced thousands of Congolese to reportedly flee from possible abduction, forced recruitment and rape. The capacity to ferry the refugees to various settlements in the country such as Kyakka, Nakivale, Oruchinga, Kyangwali and Rwamwanja had to be boosted. Over 56.3% of these new refugees are women and children under 18 years.

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Since April 2015, Burundians have been fleeing their country following the announcement that President Pierre Nkurunziza, is seeking a 3rd presidential term. Mass protests have followed, during which at least 30 civilians have perished1. There was a subsequent failed coup which has led to a deterioration in safety and security in Burundi, including displacement towards surrounding countries at a high rate. The largest influx of refugees are arriving in Tanzania. UNHCR reports that more than 50,000 Burundian refugees are present in western Tanzania, and nearly all of them are currently in Nyarugusu Refugee Camp2, with more arriving. Nyarugusu is an old refugee camp for Congolese refugees, and with the arrival of the new Burundian refugees, the camp is congested, the living conditions have become extremely dire and tensions arise.

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15 June 2015 - The Colombian north‐east department of Arauca has experienced non‐stop heavy rains from May 22, creating emergency situations due to the floods caused by overflown rivers with peaks on 25th May and 3rd of June, requiring evacuation of affected communities. Both main and local roads were affected. Individual houses and public spaces were flooded. Municipal water distributing structures were affected, as well as household and community wells in rural communities. Most of the rural population depends on small‐scale farming (cocoa, plantain and rice crops) and livestock farming for subsistence, many of these livelihoods have been lost.

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12 June 2015 - As a result of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in 2014, the Liberian Government made an appeal to international governments and national and international organisations to help combat this life‐threatening disease. The response from international organisations was very positive and Liberia received a lot of support in combating the virus. The EVD took away many innocent lives and left people psychologically traumatised and stigmatised.

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10 June 2015 - Heavy rains for the past week have left most parts of the capital, Accra, its suburbs and other cities flooded. Assessment carried out so far indicates that about 10 districts have experienced the effects of a severe flooding. Affected districts include Accra Metropolis, Ga South Municipal, Adentan Municipality, Cape Coast, Ashaiman Municipal, Kumasi Metropolis, Ho, Ledzorkuku Krowor and Ketu South Municipal. On June 4, a fuel station in Accra exploded as a result of the floods, leaving an estimated 150 people dead. Deaths have also been confirmed in Adentan, Mallam, Glefe, Kumasi and Odorkor. Many communities have been affected leading to heavy restriction of movement of people. The Achimota sub-­‐ station was affected by the floodwater, leading to an emergency cut in power supply to a number of communities. Damaged personal property has been reported in areas heavily affected. The severe floods-­‐induced disaster has left in its wake the destruction of both public and private buildings and road infrastructure, resulting in a sever disruption to the lives of thousands. RRFs_05_2015_Floods in Ghana_RRF5

By April 2015, over 198,484 South Sudanese refugees have arrived into Ethiopia and out of these, 48,754 have been accommodated in the Leitchuor camp, which has very little in terms of WASH, shelter and other basic services. Out of all the neighboring countries receiving South Sudanese asylum seekers, Ethiopia has witnessed the biggest surge in arrivals, bringing the total number of South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia to 256,279. ACT members LWF, IOCC/EOC-DICAC and EECMY-DASSC are working in coordination to respond to the current crisis through this revised coordinated appeal ETH141.The refugee camp, Leitchuor, where the activities of the implementing members (LWF and EOC-DICAC only in the original appeal) were taking place until September, became flooded and declared unsuitable and due for closure. LWF has continued to work in Leitchuor camp, responding to the needs of the flood affected refugees. On March 15th 2015 a new camp, Jewi was officially opened by the regional government, ARRA and UNHCR for the relocation of the flood affected refugees from Leitchuor. This immediate change in the operational situation and the urgent need to support the establishment of the WASH infrastructure and services in the new camp has resulted in urgent need to revise the appeal and extend the implementation period of the appeal.
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20 May 2015 - Typhoon Haiyan, (locally known as Yolanda), slammed into eastern Philippines on 8 November 2013. Haiyan, the strongest typhoon in recorded history ever to make landfall, created winds and storm surges that killed more than 6,300 people and caused catastrophic damage to the affected areas. 44 provinces, 57 cities, 591 municipalities and 12,129 barangays were impacted, affecting more than 16 million people. Over 1 million homes were destroyed. The provinces of Leyte and Samar, where Haiyan initially made landfall, were among the most affected. The super typhoon created an estimated $2.04B in damage, including major damage to the agricultural sector. Fisher folk and small-scale coconut farmers, already among the poorest in the agricultural sector, suffered tremendous losses.

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The situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) took a dramatic turn following the March 2013 Coup d'Etat, with the conflict escalating into unprecedented levels of violence. The events that took place in Bangui in December 2013 constituted a peak in the conflict bringing the capital in a cycle of reprisals among citizens, with violent clashes between (largely Christian) Anti‐Balaka and (mainly Muslim) ex-Seleka that spread across the country. Violence in CAR has caused massive internal displacements, which has divided the country along ethno‐religious lines, and had a regional impact, pushing hundreds of thousands to flee the country (to Cameroon, Chad, the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo). As of March 2015, around 442,000 people remained internally displaced in CAR and daily violent clashes continue to displace thousands already living in dire conditions.

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Niall O’Rourke

Head of Humanitarian Affairs


Geneva, Switzerland

Caroline Njogu

Regional Humanitarian Officer


Nairobi, Kenya

Cyra Bullecer

Humanitarian Operations Manager


Bangkok, Thailand

George Majaj

Humanitarian Programme Advisor


Amman, Jordan