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Empower Communities

Act for Peace seeks to empower communities through building people's capacities. Rather than indefinitely sending aid or setting up overseas offices, we develop long-term partnerships with respected local agencies that enable us to deliver programs that are owned and designed by local communities, ensuring lasting change. While we do provide life-saving assistance in emergencies, our focus is on equipping communities with the skills and knowledge to ensure they can support and protect themselves, their families and their communities.

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Our programs are designed and managed by our local project partners on the ground as they are best placed to help communities identify their problems and solutions. From analysing their situation, identifying their own needs and then planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating projects, the communities we work with set their own development agenda. Development which is imposed or remains dependent upon outside support is not sustainable.

The basis of our community partnerships includes respect for the safety, dignity and well-being of all community members. For Act for Peace, this means going beyond the mere provision of material goods. We strive to mobilise public opinion regarding the root causes of poverty and injustice and develop effective peace and reconciliation strategies. We also conduct effective communication with all stakeholders in the development process and ensure the environment is preserved and maintained with respect to the rights and beliefs of Indigenous peoples.

More ways to take action

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya families have fled from violence and persecution in Myanmar. Currently living in makeshift camps in Bangladesh, they urgent need our help.

By giving a monthly gift, you can help bring safety, justice and dignity to people around the world who have fled from conflict and natural disasters.

Take the Act for Peace Ration Challenge during Refugee Week (June 2018) to raise money in support of refugees who have lost everything, and challenge perspectives – including your own.