DCA in the ACT Alliance
© Mikkel Oestergaard

DanChurchAid in the ACT Alliance

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.

Basic facts about the ACT Alliance

  • dotACT Alliance is composed of more than 110 member organisations working in long-term development and humanitarian assistance
  • dotMembers work in 130 countries 
  • dotMembers employ around 30,000 staff and volunteers 
  • dotMembers mobilise approximately $1.5 billion each year
  • dotThe alliance is supported by an international Secretariat of some 20 staff based in Geneva
  • dotThe 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 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.

How does the ACT Alliance function?

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

  • dotNational and Regional ACT Forums. Participation in these is mandatory for organisations that are active in a specific region or country.
  • dotWorking 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 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.