We go the last mile of humanitarian action.
ACTED teams are devoted to supporting vulnerable communities throughout the world and accompanying them in building a better future by providing a response adapted to specific needs. Our staff provides aid to populations affected by crisis using an approach that is both local and global, multidisciplinary and adapted to each context. By ensuring the link between Emergency, Rehabilitation and Development, ACTED teams guaranty that interventions made in a situation of crisis are useful and sustainable, because only long term support – by remaining in the area post emergency and involving communities – can end the poverty cycle and accompany populations on the road to development.
Disaster Risk Management (DRM) is increasingly at the core of ACTED’s work. For every 1 USD spent on disaster preparedness, about 7 USD are saved on possible disaster relief expenses. Under this focus, ACTED works within the DRM cycle which includes all activities, programs and measures which can be taken up 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.
ACTED implements an integrated approach using simultaneously different complementary aid instruments such as immediate response, recovery, mitigation and preparedness while linking relief, rehabilitation and development.
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. ACTED places resilience at the heart of its disaster risk management approach. We recognize that shocks and stresses are just one of many factors driving vulnerability and firmly believes that building resilience of affected populations in a holistic way is effective, cost efficient and sustainable. Our efforts to build resilience aims at contributing to a sustainable reduction in vulnerability through increased absorptive, adaptive and transformative capacity of local populations, governments and other actors; improved ability to identify, address and reduce risk; and improved social and economic conditions of vulnerable populations. A resilience approach within the disaster risk management cycle provides the crucial link between emergency response, early recovery and long-term development.
We believe 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.
Our conceptual approach to effective governance is based upon an empowered, pluralistic civil society, social cohesion and effective and responsive public institutions. The current thinking on the principles of transparency and accountability forms the entry point for ACTED’s approach: the dual promise embedded in transparency and accountability of more enlightened and engaged citizens demanding greater accountability around issues they care about, and the impact this can have on development has tremendous transformational potential.
While empowering citizens to make demands and hold to account those who are meant to be responsible for delivering services and at the same time supporting local public institutions to provide better, more effective services to their constituents, ACTED specifically encourages different stakeholders – from groups of citizens, CSOs and private sector to (local) governments and supportive sector institutions – to work effectively together in co-constructing ways to act collectively and in their own best interest and thus be agents in, dynamic development processes.
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 taking an ecosystem approach to agriculture and improves the social and economic conditions of farmers and local communities. On the other hand, ACTED focuses on private sector development, especially Small and Medium Enterprises and on rising productivity in the informal economy, particularly in urban and peri-urban contexts.
Inclusive growth which advances equitable opportunities for economic participants and promotes social justice is a key feature of our approach. We focuses in particular on youth, women and minorities. The inclusive growth approach takes a longer-term perspective, as the focus is on productive employment as a means of increasing the incomes of poor and excluded groups and raising their standards of living. Supporting social protection schemes and promoting access to quality education for marginalized and vulnerable children and youth are ACTED’s key activities to promote inclusiveness.