Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED)
ACTED (Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development) is a non-governmental organization with headquarters in Paris, founded in 1993. Independent, private and not-for-profit, ACTED respects a strict political and religious impartiality and operates according to principles of non-discrimination and transparency.
Our Mission: Providing Adapted Responses
ACTED’s vocation is to support vulnerable populations affected by wars, natural disasters and/or economic and social crises, and to accompany them in building a better future; thus contributing to the Millennium Development Goals
The programs implemented by ACTED (around 170 per year), in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean, aim at addressing the needs of populations affected by wars, natural disasters and/or economic and social crises.
Today ACTED strives to share experiences and expertise with other actors working in development cooperation, with whom we share common values. ACTED has therefore joined Alliance2015, a partnership of seven like-minded non-government organisations working in the field of development cooperation and for the Millennium Development Goals (CESVI from Italy, Concern Worldwide from Ireland, Welthungerhilfe from Germany, Hivos from the Netherlands, IBIS from Denmark, People in Need from the Czech Republic).
Our interventions seek to cover the multiple aspects of humanitarian and development crises through a multidisciplinary approach which is both global and local and adapted to each context, by implementing the following activities in the field: emergency relief, food security, health promotion, education and training, economic development, microfinance, advocacy and institutional support, cultural promotion.
Whatever the nature of a crisis affecting a population – natural disaster, political crisis, armed conflict, etc.– ACTED intervenes with those who have been brutally deprived of their basic means of existence in order to provide them with initial assistance as quickly as possible. Our emergency response aims to satisfy emergency needs: eating and drinking, shelter and clothing.
If emergency humanitarian aid is indispensable for the survival of the immediate victims of a crisis situation, it is not a long-term solution. Only food security allows for a sustainable end to a crisis by guaranteeing the self-sufficiency of the affected populations. In all areas of intervention, ACTED strives to implicate the victims of a crisis in the management of the aid provided to them.
Poverty is one of the first causes of the degradation of a population’s sanitary conditions. Indeed, no long-term development is conceivable without a satisfactory sanitary environment. In order to prevent or abate this degradation, according to the situation, ACTED has developed an approach based on “health promotion networks” that integrates water sanitation, health education, malaria prevention and rehabilitation of sanitation infrastructure programs.
Education and Training
Access to education and knowledge acquisition, both practical and theoretical, constitutes an essential milestone in the path to individual development, but it is also a necessary condition for a country’s economic and social development. ACTED’s actions aim to put in place a series of interventions seeking to support access to education in extremely isolated regions or those most affected by a crisis or natural disaster.
After a crisis, conflict or natural disaster, reconstruction efforts take place during a key period for the future development of the affected region. The actions undertaken starting from this phase should aim to contribute to the rapid improvement of the population’s living conditions while at the same time laying the foundations for a sustainable economic development. ACTED contributes to these reconstruction efforts while also supporting local initiatives that are likely to lead to durable activities with long-term economic prospects.
ACTED has been engaged in microfinance since 1997. For more than a decade, ACTED’s activity has been based on innovative initiatives, led in partnership with numerous growing actors from diverse professional and cultural backgrounds.
Advocacy, Institutional Support, Regional Dialogue
ACTED intervenes in countries where years of conflict have often severely affected the institutional capacities, whether at the national, regional, departmental or municipal levels. Indeed, these capacities are indispensable for achieving autonomous and sustainable development.
After years of conflict or serious crisis, the links between a population and its cultural heritage are weakened, even though the use of certain traditions may survive. The weakening of this connection is often accompanied by the loss of reference points and the capacity to plan for the future in an unstable environment. For this reason, ACTED supports, when possible, certain cultural initiatives considered essential for development at the national and community levels. See more