ACT is an abbreviation for Action by Churches Together. As indicated in DanChurchAid's logo, where the ACT Alliance name is incorporated, ACT is the most important of the many alliances and networks to which DCA belongs.
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 DCA to contribute to building a strong alliance. Therefore, we invest a lot of time in being active and committed participants at various levels: Our General Secretary is member of the Governing Board; we are full members in four working groups and observers in five others; our regional offices are always instrumental in the national and regional ACT Forums; 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.
Two of the key features which help support the cooperation and collaboration between the members are:
Disaster response is one of the major tasks of ACT. It includes the coordination of finances, material aid and personnel mo¬bi¬lised 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.