Australian Lutheran World Service is a member of ACT Alliance, and work through ACT Alliance in times of natural disasters that occur around the world.
About ACT Alliance:
- It is a coalition of 140 churches and church-related organisations that work together in humanitarian assistance and development.
- The alliance works in 130 countries and mobilises US$1.5 billion annually in its work for a just world.
- The alliance has over 30,000 people working for it globally.
- Members employ around 30,000 staff and volunteers working for it globally.
- ACT 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.
- The alliance is supported by an international Secretariat of 18 staff based in Geneva, Switzerland
ACT Alliance works towards a world community where all God’s creation lives with dignity, justice, peace and full respect for human rights and the environment.
Members of the alliance work together for positive and sustainable change in the lives of people affected by poverty and injustice through coordinated and effective humanitarian, development and advocacy work. We work with and for people of all faiths and none.
International networks and standards
ACT Alliance is a member of the International Council for Voluntary Agencies (ICVA), the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response (SCHR) and the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP).
ACT Alliance is a signatory to the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and NGOs in Disaster Relief and is committed to the Sphere Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response and the Global Humanitarian Platform’s Principles of Partnership.
Members and official observers of ACT alliance are:
- related to the World Council of Churches and The Lutheran World Federation
- work in the area of humanitarian assistance and/or development as their primary mandate (for church-related organisations)
- committed to high-quality work
- approved by the ACT Alliance Governing Board
What does ACT alliance do?
Members of ACT Alliance work together for positive and sustainable change in the lives of impoverished, marginalised and vulnerable women, men, girls and boys through coordinated and effective humanitarian, development and advocacy work.
ACT Alliance supports communities to find sustainable ways to:
- overcome poverty
- adapt to changes in their environment and reduce the risk of future disasters
- cope with and be better prepared for emergencies
- recover from major setbacks due to conflicts or war, and
- influence their governments and other decision-makers to fulfill their duties in protect basic rights.
They work with and for people of all faiths and none. ACT Alliance gives priority to the poorest and most vulnerable people in areas of the world with the greatest need for external assistance, and work to enable and strengthen existing capacity and resources, putting communities at the centre.
ACT Alliance work to uphold ethical and professional standards of transparency and accountability to the communities we serve, to those whose resources we are asked to be stewards of, and to each other. In all of this, they are committed as an alliance to learning, coordinating and collaborating with each other and others to increase the difference people make.
Read more about ACT Alliance here