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Faith as a Competency in Development

Photo from DREAMS project
11 Jun 2020

Hope, community, complexity– these were some of the words that participants used to describe the connection between faith and development at the Canadian Council for International Co-operation’s virtual event on Faith as a Competency in Development. ACT Alliance was pleased to join World Vision Canada and Islamic Relief Canada as speakers at the event. Faith […]

ACT Alliance calls for equitable and criteria-based access and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines

10 Jun 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has had severe implications for countries with already fragile social, economic, and political systems. Countries experiencing fragility, conflict, and recurring disasters are now facing additional burdens. In countries where access to basic health and sanitation services are lacking, populations are experiencing inhumane conditions and are bearing some of the highest numbers of […]

Increasing knowledge for gender justice in Asia and the Pacific

04 Jun 2020

Working in different parts of Asia and the Pacific, and having different focuses within gender justice: the Chair and Vice-chairs of ACT’s new Regional Gender Community of Practice for Asia and the Pacific reflect the various faces of this fundamental strategic goal in a region representing more than 60 percent of the world’s population.   […]

Double crisis: Tackling the effects of COVID-19 and climate-related disasters

29 May 2020

  Over the past several months we have seen the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the globe. It is a crisis with far-reaching and profound consequences for the economy and for society. The devastating human health and economic impacts of the pandemic are exacerbated by climate hazards, which threaten communities around the world. Countries are facing […]

UN Multi-faith Advisory Council’s role and ambitions: an interview with Rudelmar Bueno de Faria

20 May 2020

  In 2010 the United Nations created the Interagency Task Force on Religion and Sustainable Development (UN-IATF), which today includes more than 20 UN agencies.  Its purpose is to provide policy guidance around engagement with faith- based actors, deepen UN system staff’s understanding of the intersections of religion and the UN pillars of development, human […]

An anniversary of an earthquake overshadowed by COVID-19

14 May 2020

In 2015, a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal. ACT Alliance-member Lutheran World Relief (LWR) together with other ACT Nepal Forum members supported affected people like Sunita, a mother of four whose husband worked abroad during the earthquake. The community resilience increased five years ago now helps them also through the Corona-crisis. On 25th April […]

Afghanistan: More challenges for women and girls due to COVID-19

13 May 2020

Interview with Rabia Sabri, Programme Coordinator, CWSA Afghanistan Being a woman or a girl in a patriarchal society like Afghanistan has never been easy. In times of COVID, they face even more challenges. However, the main concern of most women is not the virus, but mere survival. What they need most is financial support for […]

ACT calls on High-level Panel on Internal Displacement to ensure inclusive consultations

12 May 2020

ACT Alliance has responded to the call for submissions issued by the UN Secretary General’s High-level Panel on Internal Displacement by sharing various lessons from its work with internally displaced people (IDPs) in a letter on Friday. In it, ACT identifies the unique role of churches and faith actors in overcoming some of the challenges […]

Opinion: The coronavirus response needs local communities and faith leaders

The midwife of Nawdamorra Sub Health Center in Laghman province conducted an awareness session on COVID-19 to sensitize the women in the community. Photo: CWSA
12 May 2020

As appeared on With 84% of the world population identifying with a religious group, faith communities and agencies are essential stakeholders during a pandemic like the one we are facing today, affecting all communities and traditions globally. In such a context, if we are serious about leaving no one behind, we cannot neglect local […]

ACT launches COVID-19 response in 14 countries

The midwife of Nawdamorra Sub Health Center in Laghman province conducted an awareness session on COVID-19 to sensitize the women in the community. Photo: CWSA
07 May 2020

  The novel Coronavirus has affected every country in the world, bringing massive disruption in its wake. ACT Alliance responded by launching a global appeal and rapid response fund (RRF) programme.  ACT’s RRF is designed to fund local, national members in responding to humanitarian need in the face of crises.  Over 35 national members submitted […]

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