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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.
Created in 1979, our Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) – Action Against Hunger – is fighting against hunger in the world. Its mission is to save lives eradicating hunger through the prevention, detection, and treatment of malnutrition, in particular during and after emergency situations caused by conflicts and natural disasters.
Today, Action Against Hunger is a major player in the fight against hunger in the world. Structured on an international network, our organization provides a coordinated response in nearly 50 countries. Our priority is to have effective actions in the fields and testify about vulnerable population
Since the reasons for hunger are many, our response is multi-sectoral based on solid expertise.
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 the context of the Afghan crisis in 1979, Action contre la Faim is part of the second generation of NGOs, the "French Doctors", French doctors who in 1968, at the time of the Biafra war, rebelled against the silence of humanitarian aid workers, bound by secrecy and yet witnesses to the worst horrors. Wishing to force this silence by denouncing injustice, these NGOs added testimony to the action.
Assistance to Afghan refugees in Pakistan
Emergency Mission to Thailand for Cambodian Refugees
Emergency Mission in Ethiopia to cope with the famine
Assistance to the Kurdish people in exodus during the Gulf War
Mission opens in Bosnia to provide medical and nutritional assistance to displaced persons
AICF is recognized as a Public Utility by the Ministry of Interior. Genocide in Rwanda: Nutritional aid to refugees.
Opening of Chechnya mission during the 1st Russian-Chechen War
AICF becomes Action against Hunger
Emergency distribution in Kosovo
Action against Hunger withdraws from North Korea and denounces aid manipulation
Opening of the mission in Iraq
ACF already present on the spot responds to emergency after the Tsunami in Indonesia and Sri Lanka
Execution of 17 Action Against Hunger humanitarian aid workers by the military in Sri Lanka. To protest against the crime’s impunity, Action Against Hunger leaves the country.
“Food riots” in many developing countries around the world, as a result of a sharp rise in food prices
Beginning of the Syrian conflict in the context of the Arab Spring
Start of the mission in Yemen
Emergency assistance for 180,000 people after earthquake in Nepal
Threat of famine in 4 countries: in Yemen, Nigeria, South Sudan and Somalia. New brand identity for Action Against Hunger
Thomas Ribémont is a graduate of the Grenoble Institute of Political Studies and holds a doctorate from the Université Paris 9 Dauphine. He is a lecturer in political science at the Université Paris 13 Sorbonne Paris Cité.
A doctor with a national diploma in public health, he began his first experiences abroad in 1985.
Graduated in Law and Political Science from the University Toulouse I Capitole, he joined the NGO Action contre la Faim in 2008, from the age of 16.
Elizabeth Tchoungui is Franco-Cameroonian. Journalist, editorialist for Le Point Afrique, presenter of "Menu Président", the weekly political program of Numéro23.
Alice Ponsero has been a member of the Board of Directors since June 2014 and has worked for ACF on partnerships and seeking funding for missions.
Banking framework, with a long experience in financial and operational risk management. Graduated HEC 1997 and Harvard Business School 2001.
Based for 10 years in different regions of the world, Frédérique Benzoni- Fievet has held a number of management positions including…
Head of the debates, partnerships and international affairs department at France-Stratégie, an expert and foresight agency placed with the Prime Minister.
Alice Corbet is a researcher at the CNRS at the LAM laboratory (Les Afriques dans le Monde), at Sciences Po Bordeaux.
After a first hospital life, he joined ACF in 2006 and held the position of Psychologist-Referent stress and psychological support for teams in the Human Resources Department.
Lawyer and former employee of ACF, she is currently practising as a corporate lawyer.
Caroline Dib joined the board of directors of Action contre la Faim in September 2017.
After graduating from Sciences Po, Aïcha Koraïchi began her career in organization consulting with the public sector before joining ACF where she was responsible for internal audit.
Marc Lavergne, geographer and geopolitologist, research director at the CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research)
Worked in the socio-cultural sector for several years before spending 10 years in the international industrial sector.
Cyril Musila holds a doctorate in social sciences from EHESS Paris and divides his time between France and Africa.
Julien Seillan began his humanitarian journey in 2004 in eastern DRC.
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