Alliances and Networks

Working in networks ensures that emergency and development programmes effectively target the poorest and that activities become locally sustainable.

Networks are also a cost-effective way of joining forces in advocacy for development and humanitarian assistance and often networks are important channels of information and sharing of lessons learnt and best practices.

The ACT Alliance

The Lutheran World Federation

World Council of Churches


Globalt fokus/CONCORD

Core Humanitarian Standard Alliance

International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA)

The International Campaign to Ban Landmines

Cluster Munitions Coalition (CMC)

ICBL/CMC Governance Board and Advisory Board

Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response

Climate Action Network (CAN)

Side by Side


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.

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 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.

Added value

Our commitment to the ACT Alliance will continue to be strong and the added value as a faith-based organisation will remain central. Most people in developing countries have a religious world view; their faith is important to them and frames how they relate to the world.

Faith groups and faith-based organisations are motivated by values which are grounded in their religious beliefs and often they have a strong relationship with poor people and a strong legitimacy and grounding in local communities. In many countries, in particular in Africa, the churches have influence and power to challenge poor governance and to promote pro-poor policies. As a faith-based organisation, DCA has an obligation and a comparative advantage to engage in discussions with church leaders and church communities to promote progressive development.

General Secretary Birgitte Qvist-Sørensen elected as chair of ACT Alliance 

The Lutheran World Federation

The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) is a global communion of Christian churches in the Lutheran tradition. Founded in 1947 in Lund, Sweden, the LWF now has 145 member churches in 79 countries all over the world representing nearly 66 million Christians.

DanChurchAid mainly supports the development and humanitarian work of LWFs Department for World Service (DWS) in the following countries:

  • Africa: Angola, Etiopia, Liberia, Mauretania, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Malawi
  • Asia: Bangladesh, Cambodia, India and Nepal 
  • The Middle East: East Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank.

LWF is committed to an empowering, rights-based and integrated approach. The aim is to enable communities to find their own solutions to the problems they are facing, and to inform all involved of their rights and responsibilities. LWF also strives to link different focuses such as emergency intervention, disaster preparedness, reconstruction and development.

DanChurchAid’s Global Funding Unit has a close working relationship with LWF through the Nordic Global Funding Cooperation model. DanChurchAid gives support to DWS in how to fundraise from international donors. This cooperation also includes Church of Sweden and NorwegianChurchAid.

World Council of Churches

The World Council of Churches (WCC) is the broadest and most inclusive among the many organised expressions of the modern ecumenical movement, a movement whose goal is Christian unity.

The WCC brings together 349 churches, denominations and church fellowships in more than 110 countries and territories throughout the world, representing over 560 million Christians and including most of the world's Orthodox churches, scores of Anglican, Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist and Reformed churches, as well as many United and Independent churches. While the bulk of the WCC's founding churches were European and North American, today most member churches are in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Middle East and the Pacific.


DanChurchAid is a member of APRODEV, which is a network of protestant organisations influencing EU policy with respect to development and humanitarian issues.

APRODEV was founded in 1990 in order to strengthen the cooperation between the European development organisations which work closely together with the World Council of Churches (WCC).

At present, 17 development and humanitarian aid organisations cooperate through APRODEV. They are all firmly rooted in their own societies and their constituencies comprise millions of Christians from the Anglican, Protestant and Orthodox communities.

Through the WCC, which groups 349 churches in more than 110 countries worldwide, these constituencies are linked up with Christian communities all over the world. Together, the APRODEV members have an annual income of some Euro 720 million. Their counterpart organisations can be found in most countries in the world.

Globalt fokus / CONCORD

Concord is the European NGOs’ Confederation for Relief and Development. Its 18 international networks and 25 national associations from the European Member States and the candidate countries represent more than 1600 European NGOs vis-à-vis the European Institutions. Through its membership of Global Focus, DCA is represented in Concord Europe.

The aims of the confederation

Today, more than ever, an increasing number of people still live in unacceptable circumstances, often in violent conflict areas, deprived of the most elementary provisions such as food, water, healthcare and security.

As European citizens, living in this privileged part of the world, we have an obligation to help the people and civil organisations of developing countries to improve living conditions by providing them with financial and political support. Their voices must be heard by Western governments.

By uniting, European development NGOs commit themselves to keep development cooperation high on the political agenda of advanced countries and the European Institutions in particular. European NGOs will continue to make institutions aware of how their economic and political choices impact the most deprived countries.

Concord serves different working groups that seek to influence political debate and policy formulation on development and humanitarian issues. DanChurchAid is active in the working group for funding and development (FDR) that deals directly with the European Commission’s Department for development – EuropeAid.

Global Focus represents the Danish national platform and DanChurchAid participates actively in the work of the platform both by having a representative and by being actively engaged in the various fora and working groups. In order to enhance the capacity of Danish NGOs to secure funding from the EU institutions, DanChurchAid is contracted by Global Fokus to provide training and advise on project proposal development.

Core Humanitarian Standard Alliance

CHS Alliance improves the effectiveness and impact of assistance to people and communities vulnerable to risk and affected by disaster, conflict or poverty, by working with humanitarian and development actors on quality, accountability and people management initiatives. Formed in 2015 by the merger of HAP International and People In Aid, the Alliance brings together more than two decades of experience supporting the sector in applying standards and good practices. Creating a truly global enterprise, it already has a membership of more than 240 organisations that are headquartered in 55 capitals and operating in more than 160 countries worldwide.

DCA is CHS certificed. Read more here >

International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA)

ICVA is a platform for increased collaboration and coordination between NGOs and other humanitarian actors, which is crucial to improving the lives of communities affected by humanitarian crises.

ICVA is a global network of non-governmental organisations whose mission is to make humanitarian action more principled and effective by working collectively and independently to influence policy and practice.

The International Campaign to Ban Landmines

The International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) is a global network in over 90 countries that works for a world free of antipersonnel landmines, where landmine survivors can lead fulfilling lives. The Campaign was awarded the Nobel Peace Prizein recognition of its efforts to bring about the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty. Since then, it has been advocating for the words of the treaty to become a reality, demonstrating on a daily basis that civil society has the power to change the world.

In December 2006, the ICBL decided to engage extensively in the global effort to prohibit cluster munitions. This marked the first time that the ICBL had become significantly engaged in an issue other than antipersonnel mines. The main reasons for the ICBL’s decision were that cluster munitions inevitably end up leaving behind large numbers of unexploded ‘duds’ which behave essentially like antipersonnel mines; that many ICBL members had been already working extensively on cluster munitions; and that international efforts to achieve a global ban on cluster munitions were at a crucial point, a point where the ICBL could have a meaningful impact.

In February 2007, the ICBL formally joined the Steering Committee of the Cluster Munitions Coalition (CMC) – the coalition of NGOs that is leading civil society’s campaign to ban cluster munitions. The ICBL actively participated in the Oslo Process that brought about the Convention on Cluster Munitions. From 1 January 2011, the CMC and ICBL will operate under one legal structure.

Cluster Munitions Coalition (CMC)

The Cluster Munitions Coalition is an international civil society campaign working to eradicate cluster munitions, prevent further casualties from these weapons and put an end for all time to the suffering they cause. The Coalition works through its members to change the policy and practice of governments and organisations towards these aims and raise awareness of the problem amongst the public.

CMC aims for universal adherence to and effective implementation of and full compliance with the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions.

ICBL/CMC Governance Board and advisory board

From January 2011, ICBL and CMC have operated under one legal structure with a Governance Board providing strategic, financial and human resources oversight. The Advisory Board provides more regular input to staff and the working of the campaigns.

DCA Mine Action is an active member of the Governance Board.

Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response 

Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response (SCHR) is a voluntary alliance of nine of the world’s leading humanitarian organisations, which come together to support quality, accountability and learning in humanitarian action.

Climate Action Network (CAN)

CAN is global network of more than 1100 NGOs, in 120 countries, working with climate change advocacy. The network focus on climate politics, both on national level, where members call for climate action from their governments, and on global level where CAN members coordinate their actions related to the UN climate talks. Read more at CAN on their website

Side by Side

Side by Side-  a growing global movement of people of faith who want to see gender justice become a reality across the world.

DCA has been very active in  the formation of Side-by Side and is member of the steering group. See


DanChurchAid is a member of VOICE - Voluntary Organisations in Cooperation in International Emergencies. Voice is a network of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) throughout Europe that are active in the field of humanitarian aid, including emergency aid, rehabilitation, disaster preparedness and conflict prevention.

Voice was created in 1992, with a Secretariat established in 1993 under the Liaison Committee of European Development NGOs. In March 2001 Voice became an independent NGO network with more than 80 members.

VOICE's overall vision is a collective European NGO response to humanitarian crises. To reach this goal, VOICE seeks to influence the policy and practice of the European Union regarding emergency aid, relief, rehabilitation and disaster preparedness. It enhances the collective influence of the network's members with the EU, including its Member States. It promotes respect for International Humanitarian Law and humanitarian principles, and endorses quality and effectiveness in humanitarian action. 

In the humanitarian aid sector, VOICE is the main NGO interlocutor with the European Union promoting the comparative advantages and specificities of NGOs in aid delivery. It also engages in dialogue with other major providers of humanitarian aid, such as the Red Cross and relevant UN agencies.

DanChurchAid is actively involved in the Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA) watch group, discussing, responding and negotiating issues of importance in relation to the partnership between European NGOs and the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO).

Local Partnerships
We work together with Local Partner from Civil Society to ensure sustainable development.

Global Alliances
We are part of ACT Alliance because we think that we are stronger together than separate. 

Private Sector Partnerships
Private sector cooperation is based on an understanding of mutually benefitting relations and constructive dialogue.