Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development
ACTED (French: Agence d'Aide à la Coopération Technique Et au Développement), formerly 'Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development', is a non-governmental, non-political and non-profit organization set up in 1993. The organization employs approximately 198 international staff and more than 3500 national staff. The headquarters are based in Paris, France.
The first projects were initiated in Kabul in 1993 to bring relief to populations affected by more than 15 years of conflict.
ACTED activities then rapidly expanded to the entire country and subsequently to neighboring countries in 1996 (namely Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan), with the aim of developing a regional strategy throughout Central Asia.
The organization continued its expansion, opening offices in Central Africa in 1997, in order to help populations affected by the Congo-Brazzaville conflict, in Central America in 1998 following the “Hurricane Mitch” disaster, in the Balkans after the conflict in Kosovo, and in the Middle-East, in 2003, to support Iraqi population. In 2004, ACTED continued its involvement in Central Africa by opening missions in Chad and Sudan to respond to the Darfur crisis. In 2005, the organization started emergency reconstruction activities in South Asia after the tsunami disaster, and expanded its areas of intervention to India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. ACTED has implemented programmes in the Middle East since 2007, intervening in Lebanon and the Palestinian Territories. More recently, ACTED intervened to provide relief to the populations of Africa, with new programmes starting in the Central African Republic, Kenya and Somalia in 2008. ACTED has been implementing Food security interventions for the populations of Zimbabwe since October 2009, and is also present in Cambodia on HIV/AIDS prevention activities. In 2011, ACTED started programmes in Jordan, as well has responded to the emergencies in Libya and Côte d'Ivoire. The Bopha typhoon in 2012 mobilised ACTED in the Philippines, while a regional office was set up in Bangkok to support in parallel Myanmar refugees in Thailand. ACTED also responds to the refugee crises in South Sudan, Jordan and Iraq. In 2013 ACTED responded to the typhoon Haiyan emergency in the Philippines and is now accompanying the recovery of affected populations and the rehabilitation phase. ACTED teams remain mobilized today in response to the Syrian refugee crisis.
ACTED is a humanitarian organization which intervenes in times of crisis, either immediately (emergency and rehabilitation projects), or in the medium and long term (development projects), under the following conditions:
- Emergency humanitarian aid
- Food safety
- Promotion of health issues
- Education and job training
- Economic development
- Promotion of cultural issues
Countries of activity
ACTED intervenes in 34 countries spanning 5 zones (Asia, Africa, America, Europe, Middle-East). The organization tries whenever possible to develop a regional approach to crisis situations in countries where cross-border population movements are important factors.
This regional approach is backed-up by an integrated approach enabling ACTED to work in such varied activity fields as micro-economics, public health or even cultural promotion.
Specifically, ACTED has had a presence in the following countries:
- Central African Republic
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Ivory Coast
- South Sudan
- Sri Lanka