As the world continues to respond to the global pandemic of Covid-19, the coronavirus, the situation on the ground in every country is changing rapidly.  The ACT Security Group is putting together regular updates of their advice on how to deal with this virus.  The ACT Secretariat is in contact with forums and members around the world, and is looking into additional supports and responses that are possible from the Alliance.  We will continue to post updates to our website as they are available, to share our recommendations and responses to this situation.


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Quality and accountability

Previous emergencies have demonstrated that the risk of sexual exploitation and abuse increases when humanitarian responses are scaling up. With the current Covid-19 crisis,  impacting on the possibility of direct interventions of traditional humanitarian actors, the increase of new actors and a wide restriction of movements across the globe, vulnerabilities are likely to increase. The ACT Alliance and its members reiterate their commitment to ‘Zero Tolerance of sexual exploitation and abuse’.
As a result, this outbreak is adding an additional burden on already difficult situations where humanitarian needs are increasing, information sharing and participation becoming more difficult and the situation of the most vulnerable, more specifically women and children, getting worse. Informing about, strengthening and enforcing minimum standards of behaviour, specifically in health care and quarantine facilities as well as refugee and displacement camps, remains a key priority for the ACT Alliance and all its members during these troubled times.
To safeguard the most vulnerable, the ACT Secretariat and its members strongly reaffirm their commitment to their Zero-Tolerance policy for sexual exploitation and abuse. It is equally important that communities have access to systems where they can complain about inappropriate behaviour of humanitarian staff. These systems need to be accessible, transparent, confidential and safe.
Particularly during this time, when outreach and accessibility are difficult with limited access to information, including PSEA, organisations must ensure that communities can reach them at any time, taking into account these additional difficulties. The ACT Secretariat encourages its members to continue their efforts and discussions with community leaders to identify dedicated safe channels appropriate for each specific context. It is a key priority to enable communities to participate in a meaningful way, even without physical access, and to be informed about their rights, as well as the standards of behavior they can expect from our frontline staff members. Information to communities must include appropriate and accessible channels for reporting suspected misconduct.

Sphere Standards

Sphere Standards and the coronavirus


Humanitarian response

Pandemics are the most complex crises to plan for in terms of emergency response. For one, the humanitarian infrastructure is not particularly designed for scaling up at a global level. Traditionally, epidemics and pandemics are considered as health emergencies that require interventions in health systems and services. However, the current context in many countries is such that urban agglomerations and informal settlements have grown tremendously (e.g. Delhi, Kolkata, Dhaka, Manila, Jakarta, Johannesburg, Sao Paolo), and mega-camps have become the norm in dealing with massive displacement situations (e.g. Darfur, Dadaab, Zahtari, Cox’s Bazar). In addition, people on the move (e.g., Venezuela, Central America, Turkey-Greece border, Syria-Turkey border, Sahel, etc.) are a major vulnerable group, with infections expected to rise exponentially as soon as it hits them. As such the recommended approach as discussed in the Interagency Standing Committee (IASC) and other global coordination bodies is that the humanitarian response to CoVID-19 should take a multi-sectoral approach that would complement the health systems work led by the WHO and governments.

The proposed ACT Alliance response should recognize the overall principles set out by the IASC in the draft Global Humanitarian Response Plan):

  • Maximise the complementarity and synergies between ongoing responses and plans.
  • Ensure flexibility to adjust the responses and targets to the fast-evolving situation and needs
  • Build on existing coordination mechanisms
  • Full respect of humanitarian principles
  • Ensure inclusion of all people – notably vulnerable, stigmatized, hard to reach, displaced and mobile populations who are frequently left out of national plans, or who are inadequately included in such plans

Role of fbos

Gender impact

During these exceptional times, we cannot ignore the extent of the  gendered effects of Covid-19 to ensure that the secondary effects of this health emergency are taken into account when designing policies and interventions. Experiences from previous outbreaks highlight the importance of incorporating a gender analysis in the preparedness and repose activities to ensure effectiveness of interventions, while promoting gender and health justice.

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Palwashay Arbab, co-chair of the Gender Justice Reference Group, wrote a blog on how COVID-19 affects men and women differently for the CWSA website.


Peace and human security

The Reference Group on Peace and Human Security (in close collaboration with DCA and NCA) has developed How to integrate Do No Harm & Conflict Sensitivity.

Security risk management

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Zoom Security guidelines

ACT Alliance produced another infographic on safety advices for staff working in the COVID-19 environment here 



  • ACT Alliance has produced a 2-page summary of the ACT COVID-19 appeal, and an infographic about the appeal.
  • ACT Alliance produced another infographic on safety advices for staff working in the COVID-19 environment here 
  • ACT Alliance has produced a pamphlet on the role of FBOs during a health crisis. It provides arguments to justify investing in a stronger role of FBOs during the COVID-19 pandemic: New Virus, Old Challenges


Digital organizing during COVID-19

Resources, tips and trainings by ACTLearn

As we navigate in these troubling times of Covid-19, we are increasingly challenged by working remotely and conducting meetings and trainings online. Fortunately, ACT Alliance’s learning collaboration, ACTLearn, has focused on online collaboration and learning for several years and is ready to support! ACT Alliance members can take advantage of this collaboration and its resources.

A number of opportunities are listed below:

 Advanced Online Facilitation – Making your webinar or online meeting engaging and motivational

Get inspiration, useful tips and other helpful resources for working with dispersed teams, hosting online meetings and trainings, and much more. Participation is free. The webinar is hosted by DanChurchAid’s Learning Lab.

The first webinar will take place on Thursday, March 26th from 9:00-10:00 CET. Find out more about the webinar.

Join the ACTLearn/Fabo collaboration and develop your own online courses

If you are interested to know more about the ACTLearn/Fabo collaboration, please contact Head of Learning Lab, Simon Skårhøj,, DanChurchAid. You can also read more here

Virtual Work Site – inspiration and sharing space on working and training online

Learning Lab has launched a new virtual work site for experience sharing to help transition from in-person working to remote working. The site gathers resources, tips and tricks all in one place.

ACTLearn Hub for Learning – gate for ACT Alliance Members

This is a learning gate on for ACT Alliance Members. On the site you can find courses for ACT Alliance Members. We are currently developing the catalogue. We are excited to offer free courses on “Code of Conduct“, “Complaints”, “Facilitation” and “Religion and Development”.