Our Structure

CWS & ACT Alliance

CWS is a founding member of ACT Alliance. This network of faith-based agencies forms the world’s largest humanitarian network, with members in more than 140 countries.

ACT Alliance creates positive and sustainable change in the lives of poor and marginalized people regardless of their religion, politics, gender, sexual orientation, race or nationality in keeping with the highest international codes and standards. Members are associated with the World Council of Churches or Lutheran World Federation.

ACT Alliance is supported by 25,000 staff from member organizations and mobilizes about $1.5 billion for its work each year in three targeted areas: humanitarian aid, development and advocacy.

ACT Alliance is deeply rooted in the communities it serves. It earns 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.

This means that every day, ACT Alliance is on the frontlines: addressing systemic poverty; supporting survivors of disasters, wars and conflicts; training rural communities in sustainable agricultural techniques; helping people adapt to environmental change; and influencing governments and other key decision makers to safeguard citizens’ human rights.