ACT News

Central African Republic refugee influx to Cameroon

08 Apr 2014

Violence associated with the Anti-Balaka insurrection in the Central African Republic (CAR) led to a sharp increase in refugees fleeing to Cameroon in early 2014. Although the fighting is between two religious groups – the Christian AntiBalaka and the Muslim Séléka rebels – and is often presented as a religious conflict, the violence is underpinned […]

Banking on women to deliver

07 Mar 2014

Microcredit unions have become part of the landscape of development projects since the Grameen Bank pioneered the use of micro-loans to provide credit to poor individuals without collateral in Bangladesh. In Mozambique, ACT member the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund microfinance project has gone one step further. The organisation has set up financial institutions […]

Floods in Chocó, Colombia

03 Mar 2014

At the end of 2013, floods affected the Chocó region in the west of Colombia. The floods washed away standing crops, damaged and destroyed housing and other buildings, and destroyed food stores. Heavy rains from tropical storms caused damage in five municipalities within the region. According to the Disaster Risk Management Committee of Chocó, more […]

CLAI calls for end to antidemocratic violence in Venezuela

28 Feb 2014

Venezuela is submerged in waves of orchestrated violence aimed at destabilising the country. In a letter to the Churches in Venezuela the General Secretary of the Latin American Council of Churches, CLAI, a member of the ACT Alliance, expresses condemnation of the illegal and anti-democratic intentions of the opposition in Venezuela to bring about regime […]

Restoring human dignity through food security initiatives

17 Feb 2014

In 2010, 1.2 million people in Malawi had no access to food, according to a food insecurity report by the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee. Responding, the 10 members of the Malawi ACT Forum with support from the Norwegian embassy launched a food security programme in the six districts of Karonga, Rumphi, Balaka, Thyolo, Nsanje and Chikhwawa. Working together the forum received funding of […]

Responding to conflict in South Sudan

08 Feb 2014

Gunfire and shelling, in Juba, on 15 December 2013, signalled the beginning of a conflict that quickly spread to other parts of South Sudan, including Bor, Bentiu and Malakal. The violence was sparked by a power struggle between President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his ex-deputy, Riek Machar, and continued for months into early 2014, generating […]

SARF activists take on extractives and governance

17 Jan 2014

The Southern Africa Regional Forum (SARF) has as a group been a strong advocate for justice in the extractive industry and in governance since 2012. The issues are a shared priority, as the forum’s 44 members and one observer work with communities affected by multinational or large companies working in the region. Taking the viewpoint that as the business sector works globally, so […]

Ongoing recovery in Haiti

12 Dec 2013

Food, fishing and a miracle plant – with these, ACT in Haiti is helping survivors of two hurricanes and a tropical storm get back on their economic feet. In the space of two years, tropical storm Tomas and hurricanes Isaac and Sandy crossed Haiti, a country still in the early stages of recovery from the […]

Syrian refugees in Armenia

10 Dec 2013

More than 11,000 Syrian refugees have arrived in Armenia. Most are ethnic Armenians whose families originally fled the 1915-16 Armenian genocide in which more than 1 million Armenians were killed. One-third of the existing Armenian population already live in poverty and 18 per cent are unemployed. It is a situation that does not bode well […]

Campaigning for peace

08 Dec 2013

The 2007 general elections in Kenya erupted in ethnic violence. To prevent a repeat in 2013, the ACT Kenya Forum, made up of 13 members, carried out a campaign for peace. The campaign was planned as a partnership between youth and faith communities. Focusing on the areas of violence from 2007, the campaign reached 15,000 […]

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