NCA in ACT Alliance

ACT is an abbreviation for Action by Churches Together. As indicated in Norwegian Church Aid's logo, where the ACT Alliance name is incorporated, ACT is the most important of the many alliances and networks to which NCA belongs.

BASIC FACTS ABOUT THE ACT ALLIANCE

ACT Alliance is composed of more than 110 member organisations working in long-term development and humanitarian assistance

  • Members work in 130 countries
  • Members employ around 30,000 staff and volunteers
  • Members mobilise approximately $1.5 billion each year
  • The alliance is supported by an international Secretariat of some 20 staff based in Geneva
  • The alliance was created on 1 January 2010 by bringing together the efforts, resources, people and organisations who have been working together since 1995 as ACT International and since 2003 as ACT Development.

OUR ROLE IN THE ACT ALLIANCE

With a Secretariat of only 20 staff to support the 110 members working in 130 countries, it is clear that the work and input from members is the key to establishing and maintaining ACT as a unity.

It is highly prioritised in NCA to contribute to building a strong alliance. The majority of our emergency work is done with other ACT members, and as an organisation we always give input to new policies as well as relevant technical guidelines.

HOW DOES THE ACT ALLIANCE FUNCTION?

Two of the key features which help support the cooperation and collaboration between the members are:

  • National and Regional ACT Forums. Participation in these is mandatory for organisations that are active in a specific region or country.
  • Working Groups, Advisory Groups, and Steering Committees. Currently, there are 12 such groups and 2 new are in the making (Communications and Advocacy).
  • Disaster response is one of the major tasks of ACT. It includes the coordination of finances, material aid and personnel mobilised by members in response to emergencies, as well as the processing of ACT appeals from members.

The ACT Secretariat's role is also to support the members through global level coordination, collaboration and facilitation of special initiatives, working groups, policy engagement and more.

All members meet every four years at a General Assembly (GA) and elect a Governing Board of up to 21 representatives who meet one-two times annually.