ACF is a nongovernmental, non-political, non-confessional, non-profit organisation that was created in 1979 in France. Its aim is to save lives by combating hunger, physical suffering and the associated distress that endanger the lives of vulnerable people children, women and men. ACF intervenes in the following situations: • In natural or man-made disasters that threaten food security or that result in famine. • In situations of social/ economic breakdown, linked to internal or external circumstances that place groups of people in extremely vulnerable positions. • In situations where survival depends on humanitarian aid. ACF Spain brings assistance either during the crisis itself through emergency interventions, or afterwards through rehabilitation and sustainable development programmes. The goal of ACF programmes is to enable beneficiaries to regain their autonomy and self-sufficiency as quick as possible.
Disaster Reduction Goal
ACF advocates for integrated DRM at community level that expands on the humanitarian mandate from saving lives to saving livelihoods and creating an enabling environment for successful development to help solve world hunger, poverty and vulnerability to disaster. Here, ACF action aims to do (I) the right thing, (II) at the right time, (III) in the right way, to manage the risk of disaster and undernutrition. This means aligning action towards (I) five key risk managment outcomes (systematic ACF contingency planinng, preparation of communities for hazards, mitigation and prevention of risk, capacity building of local institutions, minimisation of the impact of key drivers of risk), (II) taking into account the timing of the action in the disaster cycle, and (III) recognising that the role of communities should be adapted according to their context and wishes, whilst structuring action using programme and project cycle management.
Policies and Programmes in DRR
Policy paper : Disaster Risk Management for Communities; Briefing paper : Disaster Risk Management for Insecure Contexts; Programmes : Large range of programmes in Latin America, West Africa, Caucasus, Middle East and South East Asia aiming at reducing disaster risks in integrating DRR in Water and Sanitations, Food Security and Nutrition sectors as well as in implementing stand alone programmes (early warning systems, emergency and response plans).
Membership in Key Networks
DRR Task Force in West Africa
Making disaster risk reduction a policy priority, institutional strengthening (HFA 1)
West Africa: - Institutional support to National Early Warning Systems in order to reduce the vulnerability of communities living in Sahelian areas to drought events and hunger. - Support to develop and integrate cholera contingency plan South East Asia: - Advocacy to raise DRR as a country top priority in the Phillippines
Risk assessment and early warning systems (HFA 2)
West Africa: - development of GIS based pastoral Early Warning System for sahelian areas - support to community based early warning systems in Niger Latin America: - development of community based sentinel sites to monitor food security and nutrition indicators in Guatemala, Nicaragua and Bolivia - development of floods early warning system in Guatemala
Education, information and public awareness (HFA 3)
Integration of education, information and public awarness in programmes being implemented in Georgia, Philippines, Bolivia and Guatemala.
Reducing underlying risk factors (HFA 4)
Integration of DRR activities in other sectors (Water and Sanitation, Food Security and Livelihood, Health and Nutrition)in order to increase communities resilience to undernutrition and disasters.
Preparedness for effective response (HFA 5)
Development of emergency and response and contingency plans.
Disaster Risk Reduction Focal Point(s)
ACF Spain, Madrid : Frédéric Ham ACF France, Paris : Sandrine Roussy ACF US, New York: Nipin Gangadharan