Act Alliance’s advocacy is grounded in the Christian faith, through which we become one community, one body, and our love for the other transforms itself in the greatest testimony of justice and peace. Equally, it is grounded in a human rights-based approach, expressing global solidarity with poor and marginalized people everywhere, recognizing their agency and innate human rights.
In recent years, the rise of racism and xenophobia, populism and nationalism has contributed to a decline in multilateralism and a backlash against universal human rights and internationally agreed standards. ACT Alliance’s advocacy work supports and amplifies the voice of all people and communities pursuing their rights and their efforts to hold their local, national and global authorities and decision-makers accountable for the realization of these rights and against any abuse of power leading to a violation of rights. This includes upholding the role and space for civil society to advocate freely and engaging where there are meaningful opportunities to do so against any fundamentalism that threatens democracy and freedom of expression.
ACT Alliance contributes to positive and sustainable change in the lives of people affected by poverty and injustice through effective advocacy at local, national, regional and global levels.
This advocacy is faith and rights-based, grounded in evidence and rooted in the experience of forums and members.
ACT is contributing to the full, inclusive and ambitious implementation of the Paris Agreement and achievement of the sustainability principle underpinning the SDGs, while leveraging the experiences, programmes and evidence of the communities with which it works to influence transformational change for a just transition to more sustainable systems and structures.
ACT Alliance wants bring practices, teachings, and theologies to the forefront, which use the power of faith as a transformative force for gender justice and work to improve and highlight religious leaders’ central role as norm setters and advocates for gender justice to counter all fundamentalisms that threaten the rights of women and girls, but also men and boys everywhere.
ACT forums and members are engaged in national, regional and global advocacy efforts to track governments’ commitments to improve rights-based policies on migration and displacement, in particular related to the implementation of the Global Compact for Migration (GCM) and the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR), the 2030 Agenda, the Paris Agreement, and other international instruments.
ACT Alliance engages in advocacy work on peace and human security by building on the strengths of its members’ advocacy in this area, and assesses where the alliance can specifically add value to strengthen existing efforts.
Specifically, ACT advocacy aims to contribute to the Women, Peace and Security agenda, and work within its commitments under the Plan of Action for Religious Leaders and Actors to Prevent Incitement of Violence that Could Lead to Atrocity Crimes, at national, regional and global levels.
ACT Alliance is committed to working in a spirit of ecumenical diakonia (serving together). Diakonia is an expression of what churches are and do. The commitment to unity and sharing includes a mission to serve in the world, participating in God’s mission of healing and reconciliation, and of lifting up signs of hope. ACT Alliance therefore expresses its commitment to prophetic diakonia, denouncing injustice (advocacy) and announcing (actions) the ‘good news’ – in serving human need, breaking down barriers between people, promoting humanity in justice and peace, and upholding the integrity of creation, so that all may experience ‘fullness of life’ (John 10:10).
ACT Alliance stands in solidarity with Christians all over the world, sisters and brothers, in all their diversity, experiencing diverse problems and sharing diverse gifts. Further, ACT actively promotes interfaith coalitions as a way to develop and sustain joint social service and transformative advocacy across different religions and faith-based actors.
ACT Alliance advocacy is impact oriented; it amplifies the voices and experiences of people and communities; it connects our members’ organisations and forums all across the world; it is anchored within the ecumenical family; and it builds a global network of specialists, as well as strategic partnerships and relations. For impactful advocacy, ACT Alliance prioritises work within its national, sub-regional and regional forums.
ACT Alliance EU is a network of 13 European church-based humanitarian and development agencies whose purpose is to influence EU policy and practice regarding development and humanitarian aid policies and related issues, in order to provide sustainable benefits to and improvements in the lives of people affected by poverty and injustice around the world.
Humanitarian Policy & Practice (HPP) and Development Policy & Practice (DPP) are the core thematic areas of ACT Alliance EU advocacy work. HPP and DPP are supported by and intersect with special projects (which are currently on Migration and Displacement, Climate Justice, Food Security, and the Middle East) which all contribute to the commitment to holistic, inclusive and sustainable development.
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8 September 2023
12 May 2023
Global Advocacy Manager
New York, USA