PDA is an active member of the Action by Churches Together (ACT) Alliance. By working together with and through our ACT partners, PDA is able to extend its reach and work more quickly and efficiently to respond to human suffering.

Just before His crucifixion, our Lord Jesus Christ prayed:

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one.” (John 17: 20 – 22)

For this reason, it is always a great source of joy and delight when Christians and churches join together in the unity of the body of Jesus Christ. Our unity is an expression of love, and it is love that will change this world to make it a better place for all humanity. 

What is the benefit of ACT membership?

ACT Alliance is deeply rooted in the communities it serves. It has earned the trust and respect of local people long before large international interventions scale up, and remains steadfast in its grassroots commitments for many years after world attention has shifted elsewhere.

One of the primary benefits of ACT membership for PDA is that with other ACT members, relief work can be done on a cost shared basis.  For example, when a disaster occurs in a country (e.g. earthquake, flood, famine,) the ACT Alliance:

  • Performs a situation analysis and prepares one comprehensive needs assessment for the country.

  • Vets and approves the beneficiary organizations that will provide the relief services in the affected country.

  • Circulates the needs assessment and budget to ACT members to allow financial gifts and donations as each member chooses.

  • Collects  funds donated from ACT members and disburses funds to local beneficiary organizations at the appropriate time(s.)

  • Monitors the performance of the local beneficiary organizations and shares the periodic and written and financial reports to all donating members.

  • Obtains one audit at the project completion and shares it with all members who participated in the response.

Thus, the monitoring and supervisory costs incurred by ACT Alliance are much lower than if PDA and each other donor organization performed its own grant administration on relief projects.

ACT Alliance is a signatory to the highest humanitarian codes and standards, including the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and NGOs in Disaster Relief.

ACT Alliance is a member of the International Council for Voluntary Agencies (ICVA), the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response (SCHR) and is a certified member of the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP). ACT is also committed to the Sphere Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response.


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