Entity typeEntity regionCore responsibilityAgenda for humanity transormationAchivement to dateChallanges faced in implementationSignificant challengeOne message for advancementCross cutting issuesSocial initiatives
Faith-based OrganisationGlobalPolitical Leadership to Prevent and End Conflicts1C - Remain engaged and invest in stabilityWe have started to work jointly on a list of different potential action points which could help the ACT Alliance and their members to work on this commitment. The ACT Advocacy mechanism is currently being reviewed to be more responsive to advocacy needs on the ground, especially in humanitarian crises. This mechanism is expected to facilitate the development of key messages for government and duty bearers, and other stakeholders, on actions that would be needed to promote stability and long-term community reconciliation, strengthen social cohesion and address grievances.At this stage of the implementation process, no significant challenges have yet been encountered.During spring 2017, we are planning to set up a clearer road map of the future of the implementation. There is already a collection of different ideas to pursue in the direction, which include to: - Further pilot ACT Alliance's humanitarian advocacy tool - Improve relevant training material, such as developing a capacity building module on humanitarian advocacyReligious Engagement
Faith-based OrganisationGlobalUphold the Norms that Safeguard Humanity2B - Ensure full access to and protection of the humanitarian and medical missionsWe have started to work jointly on a list of different potential action points which could help the ACT Alliance and their members to work on this commitment. A general review of the ACT Humanitarian Response Mechanism was also completed in 2016, which included a stronger reflection of humanitarian principles and accountability vis-a-vis the recognition of the important role of faith-based actors in delivering effective humanitarian response.At this stage of the implementation process, no significant challenges have been identified.The ACT Secretariat will implement the global roll-out of the revised Humanitarian Response Mechanism for members beginning June 2017. This process is expected to strengthen the application of humanitarian principles and accountability in our work, as well as the integration of the unique advantages of faith-based organisations in delivering humanitarian response. In Spring 2017, the Alliance is planning to set a road map of the future of implementation. This will include the following directions: improvement of relevant training material, creation of an online exchange for discussion and reflection on specific issues; an opinion paper on faith-based organizations and humanitarian principlesRecognize the important role of faith-based actors in delivering humanitarian response, as they have the unique advantage of reach and influence not just to their direct constituents but to the broader populations where they are located.Humanitarian Principles, Religious Engagement
Faith-based OrganisationGlobalChange People's Lives: From Delivering Aid to Ending Need4A - Reinforce, do not replace, national and local systemsACT Alliance members have continued to promote and support cash transfer programming in their humanitarian interventions. ACT members have carried out a number of studies, project and program evaluations to assess outcomes and learning. In the revised ACT humanitarian response mechanism, we have integrated cash transfers as one of the main modes of delivery. This element will be followed-through in subsequent capacity building activities with staff, members and country forums.ACT Alliance membership is composed of 140 independent organisations across the world, with their own governance, so it is not entirely straightforward to introduce cash programming as a preferred mode across the Alliance, and in some parts of the world (e.g. LAC), receptivity to cash modalities is slower to embed. Context will still need to be considered as a primary consideration in implementing this commitment.ACT Alliance will continue to advocate and work for increased use of cash transfers in humanitarian response through promotion and technical support to cash based programming, capacity building and studies.CashThe Grand Bargain
Faith-based OrganisationGlobalInvest in Humanity5B - Invest according to riskA revised RRF policy was drafted and approved which states the following: • Only national ACT members are eligible for rapid response funds • Forums/members with up-to-date Emergency Preparedness and Response Plans (EPRPs) are eligible for additional funding and projects can have longer lifespans • RRF funds can also be used to cover the cost of replenishment of a member’s in-country stocks which were used in the emergency response The RRF template & process/protocol were revised and streamlined so as to be more accessible to local/national and less time-consuming.No significant challenges to report at this point in time.In Spring 2017, we are planning to set-up a small working group/think tank around the early preparedness and response plans (EPRP) tool and its associated process that will be tasked to revise this tool and establish an action plan for its improvement. In Spring 2017 and Summer 2017, forums & members will receive trainings on the revised humanitarian response mechanism (including the Rapid Response Funds tools & process) to ensure strengthened capacities of members and a higher quality of programmingDisaster Risk Reduction
Faith-based OrganisationGlobalInvest in Humanity5E - Diversify the resource base and increase cost-efficiency• 9 ACT members have signed the Charter 4 Change (C4C) commitments in favor of increased locally-led responses as either signatories or endorsers. ACT C4C members are in the process of seeking to publicize the initiative within ACT. • Several ACT members have committed resources to test a new response tool to bolster Locally-led crisis Responses (SLR). The SLR initiative is being tested in two major emergencies with plans to cover another 6–8 projects and areas. ACT revised the rules of its Rapid Response Fund so that only national members are eligible, as contribution to the Grand Bargain agenda. • The tools of ACT’s humanitarian response mechanism were revised to reduce workload on reporting for local and national members. The reporting requirements draw from the initiative “less paper, more aid” and mirror GPPI’s “10 + 3” reporting in that they are only required to report information commonly required by back donors in a very concise manner.The biggest challenge faced so far is the reluctance harbored by donors and many INGO’s/UN agencies to truly relinquish decision making power over programmatic priorities and real control over financial resources to locally-led crisis responses. Despite the rhetorical commitments (including WHS and Grand Bargain) most donors and international humanitarian actors appear reluctant to accept that a more effective, holistic and locally-led crisis response presupposes that international actors reduce their role, size and share in decision making over the actual programming and project activities if locally-led/frontline-led responses are ever to flourish.ACT Alliance will continue to advocate for more ACT and non-ACT members to engage in C4C and the WHS/GB processes on localization. ACT members involved in the SLR will continue to solicit political support and resources for this approach. This will include a generation of lessons learned and dissemination to the humanitarian community. We will showcase best practice examples at the Global Platform in Cancun in May and the Joint Learning Initiative Localization and Faith Conference in Sri Lanka in October. We will engage proactively with the Switzerland-IFRC Grand Bargain workstream on localization to promote our perspectives.International humanitarian actors including donors need to accept that a more effective, holistic and locally-led crisis response presupposes that they (international actors) gradually reduce their role, size and share in decision making over the actual programming and project activities if locally-led/frontline-led responses are ever to flourish.People-Centred ApproachCharter for Change, The Grand Bargain