Organization Name
Formerly Known As
Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development
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English-Language Website URL
Type of organization
Year Founded
Lead Photo For Profile
HQ Location: City, Country
Paris I France
HQ Physical address
33 rue Godot de Mauroy
75009 Paris
HQ Mailing Address
33 rue Godot de Mauroy
75009 Paris
Primary Contact and General Inquiries
Mr Adrien Tomarchio
Director of communication
0033 1 42 65 61 40

ACTED, the second French NGO, is an apolitical, and non-confessional international relief agency created in Afghanistan. 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 neighbouring countries in 1996 (namely Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan), with the aim of developing a regional strategy throughout Central Asia.

The organisation 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 organisation has started emergency reconstruction activities in South Asia after the tsunami disaster, and is now working in India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka.

ACTED has implemented programmes in the Middle East since 2007, intervening in Lebanon and the occupied Palestinian Territory.

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. Our teams are also providing relief and supporting the populations of Myanmar affected by the Nargis Cyclone and are implementing projects in Vietnam since 2008.

ACTED has implemented food security interventions for the populations of Zimbabwe in October 2009, and has been committed to supporting vulnerable groups of populations in Cambodia since 2009.

In 2011, ACTED has started programs in Jordan, as well has responded to the emergencies in Libya and Cote d’Ivoire.

The Bopha typhoon in 2012 mobilised ACTED in the Philippines, while a regional office has been 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 fully mobilized today in response to the Syrian refugee crisis. Active in the region since 2004 and committed in assisting vulnerable Syrian refugees and host populations since the very beginning of this crisis, ACTED has expanded relief operations to ensure continued access to essential human needs, as the population and their needs rapidly expanded and evolved in the last couple of years.

In 2015, ACTED responded to the Nepal emergency following the first of two earthquakes in April 2015 with vital humanitarian aid. Today, ACTED’s operations in the country are moving towards a rehabilitation phase.

ACTED is committed to responding to crisis situations and sustainable development challenges, with major relief programmes currently implemented notably in South Sudan, Somalia (in response to the drought situation), in Haiti, in Nigeria (since 2017), in Ukraine (since 2016), throughout Syria (since 2014), Iraq, while responding the food crisis and cholera outbreak in Yemen. Overall, ACTED teams ACTED is active in 35 countries and implement more than 490 projects reaching over 11 million beneficiaries.

In 2017, ACTED has also launched an emergency mission in Bangladesh in response to the  Rohingya refugee crisis, as well as opened an office in Burundi.



Since 1993, as an international non-governmental organization, ACTED has been committed to immediate humanitarian relief to support those in urgent need and protect people’s dignity, while co-creating longer term opportunities for sustainable growth and fulfilling people’s potential.

Independent, private and nonprofit, French NGO ACTED (operating under the French law Association loi 1901) respects a strict political and religious impartiality, and operates following principles of non-discrimination, transparency, according to its core values: responsibility, impact, enterprising-spirit and inspiration.

ACTED is active in 35 countries and implements more than 490 projects a year reaching over 11 million beneficiaries.

ACTED endeavors to respond to humanitarian crises and build resilience; promote inclusive and sustainable growth; co-construct effective governance and support the building of civil society worldwide by investing in people and their potential.

We go the last mile: ACTED’s mission is to save lives and support people in meeting their needs in hard to reach areas. ACTED develops and implements programs that target the most vulnerable amongst populations that have suffered from conflict, natural disaster, or socio-economic hardship. ACTED’s approach looks beyond the immediate emergency towards opportunities for longer term livelihoods reconstruction and sustainable development.

ACTED teams are devoted to supporting vulnerable communities throughout the world and accompanying them in building a better future by providing a response adapted to specific needs. Our staff of over 4,600 people provides aid to populations affected by crisis using an approach that is both local and global, multidisciplinary and adapted to each context. By ensuring the link between Emergency, Rehabilitation and Development, ACTED teams guaranty that interventions made in a situation of crisis are useful and sustainable, because only long term support – by remaining in the area post emergency and involving communities – can end the poverty cycle and accompany populations on the road to development.

ACTED is present in four continents and our teams intervene in 35 countries towards 11 million people, responding to emergency situations, supporting rehabilitation projects and accompanying the dynamics of development. Over 4,600 staff are dedicated to implementing and developing our projects in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo (Kinshasa), Haiti, India, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian Territory, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville), Senegal, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Yemen.

With its experience working closely with vulnerable communities at the heart of situations that they live in throughout the world, ACTED contributes to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals, advocating for an integrated approach, co-construction and global partnership.

In association with French, European and International partners, ACTED is committed to promoting and developing innovative approaches and initiatives, humanitarian principles, new forms of solidarity and convergences between private and public actors and NGOs from the North and the South covering themes such as aid efficiency and transparency, evaluation, information and coordination of humanitarian emergencies, promotion of local governance and civil society strengthening, sustainable access to income and microfinance, prevention and reduction of disasters, climate-change prevention and adaptation, the link between development aid, sustainable development and social business, food security, etc.

Country (or countries) where active
Congo B., DRC, Chad, Kenya, Uganda, CAR, Somalia, Niger, Ivory Coast, South Sudan, Mali, Senegal, Nigeria, Iraq, Lebanon, OPT, Jordan, Libya, Yemen, Syria, Turkey, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand, Philippines, Nepal, Haiti, Ukraine, France