This is NCA
Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) is a diaconal organisation mandated by churches and Christian organisations in Norway to work with people around the world to eradicate poverty and injustice.
NCA has a mandate to strengthen civil society in all countries where it has a presence. Faith in Action, NCA’s global strategy, justifies this stating, “a robust and free civil society is a prerequisite for social justice, development of democracy, and good governance”. Partnering with civil society actors, including faith-based actors (FBA)s, is NCA’s main approach to fulfilling this mandate. In the programme period 2016-2018, Strengthening Civil Society was a cross-cutting issue, addressed within each of the six global programmes. Under the mandatory outcome, NCA core partners have increased their capacity as civil society actors, NCA’s country offices have also implemented a tailored partner capacity development programme.
NCA has also strengthened the vibrancy of civil society by equipping partners with the skills, outreach and networks needed to hold authorities accountable through contextually tailored advocacy initiatives. It has also increased coordination and cooperation with local and international members of the ACT Alliance, through national ACT forums and international arenas.
A rights-based approach (RBA), gender justice, and conflict sensitivity are among the commitments that inform NCA’s programming. Key approaches, successes, and challenges documented during 2016-2018 in relation to NCA’s cross-cutting agenda are presented here.
women, men, girls and boys have access to a safe water supply
women, men, girls and boys have access to a toilet
women skilled in conflict transformation
women and child survivors of GBV received medical and psychosocial treatment and care
children under five received health care
households used agricultural practices better adapted to climate change
women, men and youth have established an enterprise
women, men, girls and boys have been reached through hygiene promotion activities
women and men have worked to ensure public budgets and expenditure meet the needs and rights of the poor