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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.