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Vaccine Equity Now: ACT Alliance’s Perspectives on the Global Divide

Boxes of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India and provided through the global COVAX initiative arrive at the airport in Mogadishu, Somalia Monday, March 15, 2021. The first shipment of 300,000 doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine will target the country's frontline workers, elderly and people with chronic health conditions, according to Somalia's Ministry of Health. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
27 Jul 2021

ACT Alliance members are reporting from all over the world about devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 4 million people have died, and millions have had their livelihoods disrupted, throwing more 120 million people into poverty, according to the World Bank. At the time of writing, a third wave of Covid-19 transmission is […]

Cash transfers cushion the COVID-19 blow in Uganda

A student in Uganda with the pig his family bought to help pay for his school fees.
26 Jul 2021

In Uganda, unconditional cash transfers proved to be much more than emergency financial support. As part of the ACT Alliance global response to COVID-19, the Church of Uganda received $100,000 USD in Rapid Response Funds from ACT which they have used to fund health education around COVID-19, community hygiene stations, and cash transfers for over […]

ACT Alliance, WCC accompany open letter from DiPaz to the UN Security Council

23 Jul 2021

Diálogo Intereclesial por la Paz en Colombia (DiPaz), an ecumenical organistion working for dialogue for peace in Colombia, is calling on the international community to urge the Colombian government to resume the full implementation of the peace agreement and strengthen channels of dialogue to resolve societal issues in an open letter to the UN Security […]

Tigray: Mutable conflict situation paints a stark picture of what is yet to come

21 Jul 2021

This week the situation in Tigray entered a new and dangerous phase. Following the unilateral ceasefire declared by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, the conflict seems to have regained strength, as forces from northern Tigray have crossed into the neighbouring Afar region. The eight-month-old conflict has left the country with a collapsed government infrastructure, a […]

ACT Alliance supports call for new guidance on support to civil society

08 Jul 2021

Why is donor support for civic space so important? The dramatic shrinking of civic space worldwide has become even more apparent since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic 2020. Many governments have disproportionately restricted the civil liberties of their citizens during the crisis. They have violated freedom of expression, freedom of the press and freedom […]

People of Faith are Allies to Generation Equality

Gladys Nairuba speaking at an event.
30 Jun 2021

Download the full document: English version Spanish version As religious actors and networks of faith-based organisations, who work for the achievement of the Beijing Platform for Action and support the Action Coalitions, we welcome the Generation Equality Forum. We take this opportunity to speak out about our role and recommendations to the UN and its […]

Religious Actors: Ally or Threat for Achieving Gender Equality?

28 Jun 2021

New report calls for strategic partnerships with religious actors working for gender equality. Release date: 28th June 2021 At a time of rising fundamentalisms, which are pushing back hard against women’s rights at every level and across the world, a new report ‘Looking Back to Look Forward: The Role of Religious Actors in Gender Equality […]

Time for governments to do their climate homework

25 Jun 2021

The first online session with UN climate talks ended on June 17. Parties had, for three weeks, tried to make progress in the talks, leading towards the upcoming summit (COP26) in Glasgow in November. And they failed. I must admit that conditions for a breakthrough were bad from the start. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, […]

ACT welcomes the election of the new General Secretary for the Lutheran World Federation

Rev. Anne Burghardt, the new General Secretary of the Lutheran World Federation. Photo: LWF
19 Jun 2021

ACT Alliance joins with Lutherans around the world in congratulating Rev. Anne Burghardt on her election as the new General Secretary for the Lutheran World Federation, based in Geneva. LWF is a key part of the ecumenical family, and of the ACT Alliance, as it represents 148 Lutheran churches around the world in 99 countries.  […]

Climate Change certainly has a gender and generational perspective

Fernanda Zúñiga Keim participating in a prayer vigil in the closing hours of COP25 in Madrid, Spain. Photo: Simon Chambers/ACT
08 Jun 2021

Fernanda Zúñiga Keim, Lutheran Church in Chile, recorded vlog for ACT as we continue to follow the climate negotiations happening this month online in preparation for COP26 in Glasgow later this year.  The English translation of her vlog is below: According to the IPCC, climate change will not only affect the different regions of the […]

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