July 2024

CAN DO Consortium

The Church Agencies Network – Disaster Operations (CAN DO) was formed in 2015 to better coordinate and strengthen our global humanitarian, disaster risk reduction and management (DRR/DRM) and resilience building work. CAN DO agencies are:


  • Members of the Australian Church Agencies Network (CAN); and
  • Members of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID).


CAN DO is a consortium of faith-based agencies and is a sub-group of the Church Agency Network (CAN) that was founded in 2004. As members of CAN, we share a strategic vision and have a history of collaboration in providing humanitarian response to disasters, and of working towards long-term community development outcomes and capacity building with our partner agencies. As ACFID Code signatories we commit to and are bound by the principles of conduct prescribed in that Code. As partners in the global humanitarian community, we comply with and aspire to the Sphere Standards, Core Humanitarian Standards, Red Cross Code of Conduct and the goals and targets of the Sendai Framework 2015-2030, and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We are:


  • Caritas Australia (Caritas)
  • Australian Lutheran World Service (ALWS)
  • Act for Peace (AfP)
  •  Adventist Development and Relief Agency  (ADRA)
  • Anglican Board of Mission (ABM)
  • Anglican Overseas Aid (AOA)
  • Baptist World Aid Australia / Transform Aid International (TAI)
  • UnitingWorld (UW)


CAN DO is governed by an Agreement endorsed by the Chief Executive Officer of each agency. The Agreement sets out operating principles and governance arrangements for coordination and co-investment in a range of activities and partnerships. CAN DO has developed a five-year strategic Roadmap, detailing our vision and mapping out activities and partnerships that we will pursue over the next five years to achieve it.