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Background

ACTED, the second French NGO, is an apolitical, and non-confessional international relief agency created in Afghanistan. The first projects were initiated in Kabul in 1993 to bring relief to populations affected by more than 15 years of conflict.

ACTED activities then rapidly expanded to the entire country and subsequently to neighbouring countries in 1996 (namely Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan), with the aim of developing a regional strategy throughout Central Asia.

The organisation continued its expansion, opening offices in Central Africa in 1997, in order to help populations affected by the Congo-Brazzaville conflict, in Central America in 1998 following the “Hurricane Mitch” disaster, in the Balkans after the conflict in Kosovo, and in the Middle-East, in 2003, to support Iraqi population.

In 2004, ACTED continued its involvement in Central Africa by opening missions in Chad and Sudan to respond to the Darfur crisis.

In 2005, the organisation has started emergency reconstruction activities in South Asia after the tsunami disaster, and is now working in India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka.

ACTED has implemented programmes in the Middle East since 2007, intervening in Lebanon and the Palestinian Territories.

More recently, ACTED intervened to provide relief to the populations of Africa, with new programmes starting in the Central African Republic, Kenya and Somalia in 2008. Our teams are also providing relief and supporting the populations of Myanmar affected by the Nargis Cyclone and are implementing projects in Vietnam since 2008.

ACTED has been implementing Food security interventions for the populations of Zimbabwe since October 2009, and is also present in Cambodia on HIV/AIDS prevention activities.

In 2011, ACTED has started programs in Jordan, as well has responded to the emergencies in Libya and Cote d'Ivoire.

The Bopha typhoon in 2012 mobilises ACTED in the Philippines, while a regional office is set up in Bangkok to support in parallel Myanmar refugees in Thailand. ACTED also responds to the refugee crises in South Sudan, Jordan and Iraq.

In 2013 ACTED responded to the typhoon Haiyan emergency in the Philippines and is now accompanying the recovery of affected populations and the rehabilitation phase.

ACTED teams remain fully mobilized today in response to the Syrian refugee crisis. Active in the region since 2004 and committed in assisting vulnerable Syrian refugees and host populations since the very beginning of this crisis, ACTED has expanded relief operations to ensure continued access to essential human needs, as the population and their needs rapidly expanded and evolved in the last couple of years.

In 2015, ACTED responded to the Nepal emergency following the first of two earthquakes in April 2015 with vital humanitarian aid. Today, ACTED's operations in the country are moving towards a rehabilitation phase.

ACTED develops more than 450 projects a year in such diversified activities as Emergency Relief, Food Security, Health Promotion Network, Economic Development, Education and training, Microfinance, Advocacy - Institutional Support and Regional Dialogue, and Cultural promotion.

As of today, ACTED is active in 35 countries (Afghanistan, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo (Kinshasa), Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, occupied Palestinian Territory, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville), Senegal, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Yemen.

The charity employs approximately 400 international staff and more than 4,300 national staff. The organisation's headquarters are located in Paris (France).