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Action Contre la Faim is a non-governmental organization that has been fighting hunger in the world for nearly 40 years.
ACTION CONTRE LA FAIM HAS BEEN FIGHTING THIS INJUSTICE FOR OVER 40 YEARS . AND THE WORLD STILL NEEDS OUR WORK.
Everyone should have enough to eat and access to a varied, sustainable diet. We are a long way from achieving this. In 2022, we supported 28 million people by tackling the consequences and structural causes of hunger. War, the climate crisis, and socio-economic and gender inequality are the main reasons behind it. We unite, act and provide solutions, for and with communities. Because the solutions are out there, and we at Action contre la Faim know how to stop hunger being inevitable.
We take action on the ground both here in France and worldwide. We operate everywhere, in all contexts, and we save lives in emergencies while helping to build sustainable solutions for the long term. We use our solid expertise to work locally with and alongside communities in 55 countries.
Our approach to humanitarian assistance rests on the belief that collective mobilisation is fundamental in order to ensure that our actions have a widespread effect. That is why 95% of our 8,000 collaborators are from the countries where we operate. We work with international and local NGOs, states and donors, companies, universities, schools and citizens. We come together with those who are battling hunger, without whom we would be nothing. There is no such thing as small actions, small gestures. Only big ambitions.
Let’s harness our strengths, our talents, our ideas and our voices to further this fight.
Founded in 1979, our association is a non-governmental organisation focused on international solidarity. In other words, Action contre la Faim fights hunger all over the world. Conflict, climate imbalance, poverty and unequal access to water and care are just some of the causes of malnutrition. Our mission is to save lives by eliminating hunger through the prevention, detection and treatment of malnutrition, especially during and after emergency situations linked to conflicts and natural disasters.
Today, Action contre la Faim is one of the leaders of the fight against world hunger. Our non-profit organisation, structured as an international network, helps to provide a coordinated response in the countries where we operate. For our association, which has been recognised as an organisation of public utility in France, the priority is to take concrete action on the ground and to bear witness to the experiences of the populations we support.
Originally created by a group of French doctors and intellectuals, our international solidarity NGO saves millions of lives every year, mainly in Asia, South America, Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean, but also in Europe. Since 2019, Action contre la Faim has been a member of Alliance Urgences: a group of 6 NGOs whose goal is to create a surge of national solidarity around specific humanitarian emergencies.
The causes of hunger are multiple, so we provide a multi-sector response based on real expertise.
¹Source : SOFI 2023
We commit to the following principles:
Action Against Hunger acts according to its own principles in order to maintain its moral and financial independence. Action Against Hunger's actions are not defined in terms of domestic or foreign policies, nor does the organisation act in the interest of any government.
Action Against Hunger maintains a strict political and religious neutrality. Action Against Hunger can however denounce human rights violations it witnesses as well as obstacles put in the way of its humanitarian activities.
Action Against Hunger is committed to respecting a policy of transparency and disclosure for its beneficiaries, donors, and partners by making available all information on the allocation and management of its funds, and by providing independent verification of its good management.
Action Against Hunger demands free access to populations in need and direct control of its programmes. Action Against Hunger uses all means available to achieve this goal, and will denounce and act against obstacles that prevent the organisation from doing so. Action Against Hunger also verifies the allocation of its resources in order to ensure that they reach those individuals for whom they are destined. Under no circumstances can partners working together with or alongside Action Against Hunger become the ultimate beneficiaries of the organisation’s programmes.
Action Against Hunger rejects all discrimination based on ethnicity, nationality, opinion, race, religion, sex or social class.
To maximise its efficiency and use of resources, Action Against Hunger bases the assessment, conception, management, and realisation of its programmes on the highest professional standards and years of experience.
Private, apolitical, non-denominational, not-for-profit, it was created in France to operate worldwide. Its vocation is to save lives by fighting hunger, physiological misery and distress situations that threaten the lives of defenceless men, women and children.
HERE ARE SOME HIGHLIGHTS THAT HAVE MARKED OUR ASSOCIATION:
The association’s action then takes place either during the crisis itself or afterwards. It can also intervene in risk prevention. All ACF’s programmes aim to enable their beneficiaries to regain their autonomy and means of living as quickly as possible without relying on assistance.
Created in 1979, it is part of the second generation of NGOs, the "French Doctors".
1st country office : Assistance to Afghan refugees in Pakistan
Emergency response in Thailand to help Cambodian refugees
Emergency response in Ethiopia to deal with famine
Aid to the Kurdish people in exodus during the Gulf War
Opening of a country office in Bosnia to provide medical and nutritional assistance to displaced people
AICF is recognised as a public-interest organisation by the Ministry of the Interior. Genocide in Rwanda: Nutritional aid for refugees
Opening of the Chechnya country office during the 1st Russian-Chechen war
AICF becomes Action Against Hunger
Emergency distribution in Kosovo
Action Against Hunger withdraws from North Korea and denounces the manipulation of aid
Opening of the country office in Iraq
Action Against Hunger launches an emergency response after the tsunami in Indonesia and Sri Lanka
Killing of 17 Action Against Hunger aid workers by the army in Muttur, Sri Lanka. Closing of the country office in protest of the impunity of the crime
"Hunger riots" in many countries of the Global South following a sharp rise in food prices
Conflict in Syria begins in the context of the Arab Spring
Country office opens in Yemen
Emergency relief for 180,000 people after the Nepal earthquake
Threat of famine in 4 countries : Yemen, Nigeria, South Sudan and Somalia. New Action Against Hunger brand identity
Major deterioration of the security situation in Nigeria with the murder of two of our aid workers and the abduction and execution of 4 other colleagues. Grace is still being held by an armed group. An Action Against Hunger humanitarian died as a result of bombing in the city of Hodeida in Yemen.
Opening of the France country office
Global Covid-19 pandemic
Action Against Hunger receives over €10m from the Z Event
Conflict in Ukraine starts
25 years of the Race Against Hunger
Sciences Po Paris' Graduate, Aïcha Koraïchi started her carrier as an organizational consultant for public sector.
He is a lecturer in the academic community and his lessons are based on the “conflict transformation” or the “mutation by conflict” approach as a critical view of the identity notion while discussing the “relation” notion of Edouard Glissant.
Jacques Serba is an Officer of the French National Order of Merit and a Commander of the French Order of Academic Palms.
Caroline Dib joined the board of directors of Action contre la Faim in September 2017.
Matthieu has worked in the public and private sectors for 20 years, including public policies, building industry and social inclusion.
Graduated from ENSAM (Arts et Métiers) in 1976 as an engineer, managed important building projects of power plants in export.
Siences Po Paris’ graduate and master degree in public law’s holder, Fransisco Rubio started his career as legal department supervisor for the Agricultural Ministry in Paris.
Benjamin Nguyen has a 25 years career in diverse NGOs.
Laurent Bacos started his career in NGOs in 1995 with Action Against Hunger.
She joined the Paris headquarters of La Chaîne de l'Espoir as Head of Institutional Financing to support the development of this portfolio within the organisation.
After studying medicine, she had a DEA in epidemiology and intervention in public health and several field missions with French NGOs.
Marc Lescaudron is a humanitarian professional for nearly 20 years and has been teaching professional master's courses in several universities.
One of the founding members of ACF in 1979.
Involved in humanitarian work for the past eight years and recently resettled in France, Violette has been on assignment in several countries in sub-Saharan Africa
She has been involved with Action contre la Faim for 18 years as a member and volunteer in several delegations and at head office.
A volunteer in Action against hunger since the end of 2017, Alain Maïo has been leading the Gard delegation since June 2018.
He joined ACF in 2019 as a member and is now also a member of its ethics committee.
Interim Executive Director
Director of Expertise and Advocacy
Director of Operations
Director of Human Ressources
Director of Communications and Development
Director of Finance and Administration
Distribution by type of expenditure
DISTRIBUTION OF RESOURCES BY ORIGIN