Global Report on Results
Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) is a diaconal organisation mandated by churches2 and Christian organisations in Norway to work with people around the world to eradicate poverty and injustice. NCA provides humanitarian assistance and works for long-term development. We work where needs are greatest, with no intention of influencing people’s religious affiliation. Through decades of work in varying contexts, NCA has developed partnerships and positive experiences together with people and organisations rooted in diverse religions and beliefs. In order to address the root causes of poverty, NCA and partners advocate for just decisions by public authorities, businesses and religious leaders.
Committed to international ecumenical cooperation and development effectiveness, NCA is affiliated with the World Council of Churches and is a member of the ACT Alliance. The ACT Alliance, which is a coalition of churches and affiliated organisations working in over 140 countries, was founded in 2010 to increase impact, coordination and learning and to reduce unnecessary duplications among its members. Being one of the founding members of the ACT Alliance, NCA has contributed with staff resources, competence as well as funding for the further development of the alliance and its work. The first period of the Alliance has been signified by establishing, consolidating and rolling out quality standards and procedures, and holding each member accountable to the same standards. It has also been a phase for developing various platforms, solidifying the arenas for cooperation and moving towards a truly member-driven alliance.
Together with its constituency and key church partners, NCA has sought to identify the strategic consequences of its faith-based identity and how this constitutes a valueadded that contributes to building active citizenship and strengthening civil society. In 2013, NCA convened a global meeting in Tanzania with over 50 representatives from key church partners to discuss the global context in which we are all currently operating and how it will affect our work in the years to come. NCA also met with more than 50 of its Norwegian constituents to discuss the same. Our aims were to jointly come to an understanding of how faith-based actors can support people to act as agents for change in a rapidly shifting aid-environment and identify the faith resources that can be mobilised to encourage active citizenship. This consultation gave NCA stronger motivation to keep faith-based actors as core partners. With its partners, NCA will continue exploring and articulating to donors the uniqueness of being a faith-based organisation (FBO) and how this meaningfully contributes to positive changes in the countries where we are present.Back