ON 1st JANUARY 2015 APRODEV BECOMES ACT ALLIANCE ADVOCACY TO THE EU
Effective 1 January 2015 APRODEV, the Association of World Council of Churches related Development Organisations in Europe, will integrate its activities with that of ACT Alliance.
ACT Alliance is a coalition of 146 churches and affiliated organisations working together in over 140 countries in the areas of humanitarian aid, development and advocacy. ACT Alliance is supported by 25,000 staff from member organisations and its international secretariat is located in Geneva, Switzerland.
From January 1 APRODEV’s name will be ‘ACT Alliance Advocacy to the European Union’, or ‘ACT Alliance EU’ for short. Our purpose will remain unchanged: to influence European Union decision-making processes as they affect developing countries in order to promote justice and peace and the eradication of poverty.
The integration of the two organisations makes sense. APRODEV’s 14 member agencies are all members of ACT Alliance. More importantly, the integration lets us root our work even more strongly in communities and partners in the global South. And it allows APRODEV and ACT Alliance to join efforts to influence global processes, combining APRODEV’s EU advocacy and policy expertise with ACT Alliance’s advocacy work in the global South and with the United Nations to help create positive and sustainable change in the lives of the poor and marginalised, the communities we seek to serve, and to safeguard their human rights.
On 1 January our name changes. We will remain a not-for-profit association under Belgian law, and we will keep working to positively influence EU policy from our offices in the European quarter at Bld. Charlemagne 28, 1000 Brussels. Our telephone numbers and contact details remain unchanged. In 2015 we will introduce our new logo, website and email addresses.
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