Who are we?
Since 1973, the French NGO Acting for Life works for the territorial economic and social development of vulnerable populations. For nearly 50 years, we have been committed to the same objective: to combat poverty by encouraging the emergence of local organisations that are capable of overcoming the challenges posed by exclusion and economic vulnerability in Africa and Latin America.
Acting for Life (AFL) has been build a strong network of partnerships with civil-society organisations (CSO) that are deeply rooted in their respective localities in the Global South. AFL works closely with over 50 NGOs and professional organisations, as well as territorial and local authorities to enable more than a million people each year to make a decent living from their work on their land. Discover the latest Annual report of the association.
Acting for Life contributes to securing herd mobility and facilitating access to pastoral and market infrastructure by ensuring strong collaboration between civil society organizations and local communities. This strategy enables agropastoralism to become a sustainable part of the socio-economic landscape of territories and to increase the resilience of populations.
Food systems and ecosystems
Acting for Life supports rural populations and their organizations in West Africa and Latin America, so that they can access and sustainably manage the natural, human, material and financial resources present on their territory, and promote inclusive economic development. AFL accompanies smallholder families and producers’ organizations to produce a diversified production adapted in quality and quantity to market standards, while supporting the transition towards agro-ecological and organic production. In a context of massive degradation of biodiversity exacerbated by global warming, the protection of ecosystems and natural spaces is an essential component of our projects.
Technical & vocational education & training
Acting for Life is committed to helping young people overcome the challenges they face when it comes to finding employment. We carry out large-scale initiatives to improve access to decent jobs, expand professional opportunities and boost income. Our work aims to strengthen training systems (degree and certification programmes) in promising sectors such as the energy transition, sustainable construction and solar power.
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50 years of history
Funded in 1973
GARD (now Acting for Life) is a French non-partisan, non-religious NGO that
promotes international solidarity. It focuses primarily on promoting economic development in vulnerable communities.
GARD (Groupement d’Aide aux Réfugiés et Déplacés) is founded in France. In 1992, GARD becomes Groupe Développement, and ultimately Acting for Life.
11 march 2002
Acting for Life is officially recognised in France as an organisation serving the public interest.
Acting for Life takes action to address four of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG): end poverty; end hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture; establish sustainable consumption and production; combat climate change.
50 years after its founding, Acting for Life continues to work with civil-society organisations (SCO) in the Global South to reduce poverty by promoting local economic and social development in West Africa and Latin America.
Honorary president of Air France and Air France-KLM
Coordinator of international partnerships and alliances Secretary general of ECPAT (End Child Prostitution and Trafficking) Luxembourg Co-founder of the European branch of Opportunity International and Acord
Honorary CFO of Air France-KLM
Founder of IECD President of IMRA Honorary treasurer of Coordination Sud and chair of Coordination Humanitaire et Développement
Director of external relations - Africa Air France-KLM Honorary deputy secretary-general of CCFD-Terre Solidaire
President and founder of a development NGO Honorary president of the Catholic University in Angers
Director and founder of the European Institute for Cooperation and Development (IECD) President of the Malagasy Applied Research Institute (IMRA)
Former lawyer and member of the Swiss parliament Founder of the Philanthropos Institute and the Ecophilos Foundation in Fribourg, and the Eucharistein Brotherhood
Deputy general manager of Groupe ADP
Director of external relations - Africa at Air France-KLM
Agroeconomist Member of the ImpactHope Foundation
Director of marketing, innovation and development of new markets
Honorary CEO of Servair
Secretary general of the Board of Airlines Representatives, representing all foreign airlines operating in France
Director of Aux Captifs, La Libération Curate of the Saint Leu-Saint Gilles parish
Director of Vosj’Innove Honorary executive director of Acting for Life
Chief Rabbi of France
Philippe LE GOFF
Human resources director of La Chaîne de l’Éspoir
Honorary president of the “Nest Movement” Deacon in Wattrelos
Certified accountant and honorary CFO of Darty Kingfisher
President of the Roissy Pays de France agglomeration community
President of the Board of Airlines Representatives, representing all foreign airlines operating in France
Lawyer specialised in human rights and family law in Brussels
Professor of international economics at Toulouse Capitole University Director of the master’s programme in tourism
President of the Roissy Pays de France agglomeration community
Head of Purchasing & Logistics for Servair‘s Africa network
Managing director of Entreprises Territoires et Développement (ETD)
Acting for Life is a team of dedicated individuals with a wide range of complementary skills. We have extensive local knowledge in the communities where we carry out our projects, vast experience in our areas of expertise and a sound grasp of regional development models allowing us to offer efficient solutions. We are constantly in contact with our local partner organisations, many of whom are in isolated areas and lack access to training and information. We work with them in the field on a regular basis to monitor our jointly led projects and perform rigorous checks regarding management.
Thanks to the support of Groupe ADP, our organisation’s head office is located at the Le Bourget airport. We made the choice not to open any offices abroad, which sets us apart from other international-solidarity organisations. We did so in order to give our partner organisations as much autonomy as possible and the greatest chance of success.
DirectorMatthieu de BÉNAZÉ
Africa Program ManagerCédric TOUQUET
Latin America Program ManagerSara TEILLARD
Head of Training and Professional Integration ProgramsClélia ROUCOUX
Program OfficerZana COULIBALY - Agropastoralism Angelo CONSOLI - Latin America and Climate Referent Estelle DANDOY - Food Systems and Ecosystems br> Emmanuelle DIÉ - Agropastoralism Soumaila FOMBA - Agropastoralism Robin HUMEAU - Professional Training and Integration Léa POTTIER - Training and Professional Integration Stéphane PIL - Agropastoralism Annabelle POWELL - Agropastoralism
Administrative and financial
Administrative and financial manager
Administrative and financial manager for AfricaSabrina HEUZEY
Financial support officersMarie AARNINKJulia BAÜMULLER Vincent JAVARY Maciré KEITAMilan MARTINOTSamantha PIFFERShani ROBERTGilles PETNKEU - ECPAT France
Accounting AssistantHarilalaina RASAMINAIVO
Sponsorship and Communication
Head of Patronage, Philanthropy and CommunicationValérie CHAUVEAU
Communication OfficerInès BENCHAOUI