The Church Agencies Network (CAN) is a consortium of eleven Church based organisations (Agencies) engaged in overseas aid and development in countries throughout the world but primarily in the Pacific, South East Asia and Africa. Each Agency is accredited with DFAT to raise funds from the Australian public and is a member of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID). The Church Agencies Network Disaster Operations (CAN DO), is a collaboration of eight of the eleven Agencies working to strengthen communities facing humanitarian crises.
The Agencies which comprise CAN are:
As denominational or ecumenical agencies, we are accountable to and draw a large part of our support from, Australian Church members of our particular denominations. With this identity in mind, we commit to the following principles, to guide how we interact and operate together:
• Support one another in our roles as Church agencies, sharing best practice and strategies related to organisational management, international programs and policy and professional development
• Collaborate on areas of mutual interest, including (but not limited to) capacity building, program development and implementation, and advocacy
• Inform and contribute to the CAN and the broader development community, particularly in capturing and articulating the value-add of Australian Church agencies in development, and engaging the Australian community.
Whilst each Agency operates independently and unilaterally, there are times when various Agencies collaborate on a single project to leverage experience and resources. We work with local partners and churches to achieve the maximum benefit for the local community. As members of CAN, we share a strategic vision and have a history of collaboration, sharing skills and resources, and of working towards long-term development objectives and capacity building with our partner agencies.
As Church agencies we share a common set of values and principles. Our values come from Christian teaching, from the Bible and the traditions of our Churches. We are all motivated in our work in development to follow the example of Jesus Christ, embodying the values of justice, wholeness of life, particular care and concern for the most vulnerable and the inherent worth and dignity of all people. As ACFID Code signatories we commit to and are bound by the principles of conduct prescribed in that Code. As denominational or ecumenical agencies, we are accountable to, and draw a large part of our support from, the Australian Church members of our particular denominations.
As individual agencies, we play an important role in responding to natural disasters, and helping vulnerable people get back on their feet, especially in the Pacific. Working together, we can increase our impact, and the effectiveness of relief efforts overall.
You can contact the Church Agencies Network through the Secretariat.
Administrator: Jillian Russell