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What We Do

Our projects in our 35 countries of intervention all follow one coherent strategy. ACTED is a global civil society organization that speaks in one voice and addresses the challenges of the 21st century with one vision: every human being must live in dignity. To this end all ACTED teams act for immediate change in the lives of those in urgent need and co‐create possibilities and sustainable change by investing in people’s potential.

A coherent approach to face multiple challenges

To address the multiple interlinked global challenges posed by megatrends, to ensure a decent life for the 8.3 billion people living on our planet by 2030 and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, ACTED believes that priority should be given to responding to emergencies and building disaster resilience, co-constructing effective governance and promoting inclusive and sustainable growth. These three pillars make up ACTED’s programmatic strategy in 2015. Within this overarching framework, ACTED continues to adopt a needs based approach, targeting and adapting all activities around the world according to context, community and specific needs, with one ultimate goal: to further people’s potential.

Responding to emergencies and building disaster resilience

Given the increase in frequency and severity of hydro-meteorological disasters, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) is increasingly at the core of ACTED’s work. This means working on all activities, programmes and measures which be taken before, during and after a disaster - whether natural or man-made - with the purpose to avoid it, reduce its impact or recover from its losses. Better development can reduce the need for emergency relief; better relief can contribute to development; and better rehabilitation can ease the transition between the two. Shocks and stresses are just one of many factors driving vulnerability and building resilience of affected populations in a holistic way is effective, cost efficient and sustainable.

Core areas

1. Mitigation and prevention

2. Preparedness

3. Emergency response

4. Rehabilitation and recovery

Co-constructing effective governance

ACTED believes that peace and stability as well as open, effective and accountable government and public institutions are core elements to fight poverty, improve living standards and raise development outcomes – not optional extras. An analysis of MDG progress has revealed that weaknesses in effective governance have been a central cause of gaps in development progress. ACTED therefore promotes effective governance so that the state provides essential services and fairly redistributes resources; government officials and public service providers are held accountable; the population has access to a fair system of law and due processes and can participate in governance through civil society organizations, an independent media and political parties. ACTED believes that effective governance is the mechanism through which most basic human needs can be met, human value and wellbeing is recognized, equal access to opportunities, rights and social justice is ensured, vulnerable and disadvantaged people are protected, conflicts are managed peacefully through inclusive political processes, and competition for power occurs nonviolently.

Core areas

1. Pluralistic and empowered civil society

2. Effective and responsive public institutions

3. Social cohesion

Promoting inclusive and sustainable growth

Once a crisis has been defused, ACTED lays the foundations to promoting inclusive and sustainable growth during its work in the rehabilitation and recovery phase. The first step is made when promoting household-level food security, restoring livelihoods, fostering self-reliance and income generation through a household economy approach. During the development phase, this approach is expanded. On the one hand, ACTED focuses on sustainable, climate-smart agriculture by treating agriculture with an ecosystem approach. On the other hand, ACTED focuses on private sector development, especially Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and on rising productivity in the informal economy, particularly in urban and peri-urban contexts.

Core areas

1. Climate-smart agriculture

2. Employment, income and financial inclusion

Download ACTED's Strategic Program Framework 2014-2016