The ACT Alliance is a global group of church-based agencies working from the ground up to improve the lives of people living in poverty. It offers assistance to people in poor and developing countries caught in natural and environmental disasters, as well as in emergencies caused by war and civil conflict.
ACT Alliance works on humanitarian aid and development in 125 countries of the world. Drawing on the combined experience and knowledge of more than 100 organisations around the world, the ACT Alliance's strength is that its members live and work in the world's poorest countries and can react instantly the moment disasters occur.
It uses US$1.5 billion a year, and has a combined staff of thirty thousand people.
The ACT Secretariat, based in Geneva, Switzerland, coordinates appeals for emergencies and works on global development programmes. Other functions include writing policies, standards and guidelines in humanitarian assistance, and working to improve the capacity of members. The Secretariat releases news related to its members' responses to emergencies, supports their advocacy work, and shares programme and financial information about emergency and post-crisis operations with its members.
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ACT Alliance and its members are signatories to the Code of Conduct in Disaster Relief and aim to uphold the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response, known as the Sphere Standards. In a number of emergencies ACT Alliance members work United Nations agencies such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, World Food Program, and UNICEF.