ACT Alliance is a global association of 137 churches and faith-based organizations basically focusing on sustainable development, humanitarian aid and advocacy. The alliance works towards creating a positive and sustainable change in the lives of poor and marginalized communities regardless of their religion, politics, gender, sexual orientation, race or nationality in keeping with the highest international codes and standards. The coalition has about 30,000 members of staff and volunteers in 140 countries. The specific areas the alliance is involved in are sustainable development, humanitarian aid and advocacy.
ACT Alliance Nepal Forum
The ACT Alliance Nepal Forum, was formally established in the year 2010, as a country level network of churches and church faith-based organizations. The main objective of the ACT Alliance Nepal Forum is to increase the effectiveness and impact of the humanitarian assistance, development work and advocacy initiatives of its member organizations through an improved coordination mechanism.
At present, eight organizations are in umbrella of ACT Nepal Forum namely Christian Aid(CA), Dan Church Aid(DCA), Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe (DKH), Finn Church Aid (FCA) , Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission(FELM) , ICCO - Cooperation , The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Nepal and Lutheran World Relief(LWR).
ACT Alliance Nepal Forum Members and their Respective Assistance
Dan Church Aid
Dan Church Aid, one of the ACT Alliance’s members working in Nepal, has been lending its support in various kinds of development works in the country since 1980’s. During the phase, the DCA’s aid was basically focused on the conventional development needs like infrastructural improvement, clean drinking water and irrigation facilities. In line with the changed priorities, the modalities however have changed over the years. The alliance member has recently been focusing mainly on the improvement of livelihoods of the extremely marginalized communities in accordance with a more rights based approach. Its major areas of focus are humanitarian response and disaster risk reduction, inclusive and accountable governance, migrants’ rights and resilient livelihoods and sustainable food security.
Finn Church Aid
The Finn Church Aid’s intervention Nepal has been focusing on strengthening the rights of poor and socially excluded women and children by helping them improve their livelihood opportunities. The FCA has recently been supporting in terms of education by supporting in the establishment of learning centers alongside teachers training. Other assistance includes supporting the marginalized and discriminated communities. The overall approach of the Finnish alliance member thus is aimed at ensuring the human rights of the beneficiaries. Besides this, the FCA also works towards improving the people’s preparedness for natural disasters. The development interventions are carried out in cooperation with local NGOs and organized village communities in the targeted regions. The FCA also provided emergency relief in the form of food and shelter to the victims, as the devastating earthquakes struck the nation during April and May earlier this year.
Christian Aid is a Christian organisation that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty.CA works globally for profound change that eradicates the causes of poverty, striving to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all, regardless of faith or nationality.CA provides urgent, practical and effective assistance where need is great, tackling the effects of poverty as well as its root causes.
Christian Aid has been working in South Asia across Nepal, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh for more than 50 years with countries offices in Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan and South Asia regional office in New Delhi. In the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake 2015, Christian Aid acted quickly, working in a coordinated effort with the government and other agencies to provide emergency relief to those worst affected.Through partners on the ground, Christian Aid has reached over 400,000 survivors across five of the hardest hit districts: Sindhupalchok, Rasuwa, Gorkha, Dhading and Lalitpur.
Lutheran World Federation
The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Nepal has been working for the livelihood improvement of marginalized and under-privileged communities in Nepal since 1984. Its fundamental objective is to empower the people of Nepal to achieve their full potential so that they could meet their basic needs and improve their quality of life. The LWF Nepal also aims at ensuring the people live in a just society in peace and dignity and able to claim their universal rights. With core commitments towards Human Rights; Impartiality, Inclusion and Participation, Accountability, Gender Justice and Climate Justice and Environmental Sustainability, its areas of focus are on Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency Preparedness and Response; Sustainable Livelihoods and Community-led Actions for Governance and Justice.
Lutheran World Relief
LWR has been lending its support in Nepal since 2009. The organization received its official registration as a non-governmental organization operating in coordination with the Government of Nepal in May 2013, authorizing the organization to work in some of the country’s most remote districts. Its assistance has been focused in terms of poverty and natural disaster management aimed at empowering the marginalized and poverty-ridden communities to build protective infrastructures. The organization also helps people, especially women, improve their income prospects. Its efforts were initially focused on improving food security for indigenous, Dalit and marginalized populations. Later, the approach was expanded towards assisting people reeling under food insecurity as well as the ones vulnerable to frequent natural hazards like floods, landslides and earthquakes.
Inter-Church Organization for Development Cooperation (ICCO)
The ICCO Cooperation has been providing its assistance in Nepal for almost the past two decades, basically aimed at uplifting poor and excluded people. It has also been helping Nepali rural women develop self-reliance, considering the prevalence of patriarchal mindset in the country. Abiding by the twin principles of Justice and Dignity for all and Sustainable Livelihoods, the ICCO has been helping people grow their opportunity by boosting their skills and developing relevant resources. All these activities are intended towards helping the beneficiaries create their own sustainable livelihoods. The ICCO has also been helping people to have justice and dignity to let them realize their full potential.
Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission (FELM)
The FELM has been contributing in Nepal in fields of food security, livelihood, health and sanitation, education and peace with focus in reducing poverty and improving the situation of poor and marginalized communities. FELM-Nepal Development Cooperation Program covers 30 districts of Nepal through nine partner NGOs. Its major areas of focus are equality and non-discrimination, right to adequate food and nutrition, right to health, right to adequate housing, right to education alongside access to productive resources like water, land and forest. Recently, FELM has been financially supporting Center for Mental Health and Counseling (CMC) Nepal in the latter’s Community Mental Health Programme activities being carried out in Bhaktapur, Makwanpur alongside ten western districts.