ActionAid is a global movement of people working together to further human rights and defeat poverty for all.

Who is ActionAid Australia?

Why Women's Rights.

Securing human rights is the missing link between the world's rich and poor. It's the key to ending poverty.

People living in poverty, particularly women and girls, are often treated as less than human. Robbed of their dignity and sense of equality, they often feel they have no rights.

  • We focus on the most vulnerable. In practice, this is always women and girls. Women in poverty. Women who face discrimination. Women whose voices are ignored.
  • We help women and men fight for the rights that they are denied. Simple things, like the right to eat. The right to stay on their land. To an education. To have a say in the decisions that shape their lives.
  • We’re not about giving handouts or telling people what to do, because in the long run we know that doesn’t work. Instead, we use training and facilitation techniques proven help people - especially women - find their OWN solutions.

We listen to what women really want and need. We help communities take action together to hold their governments to account, and we give local organisations our support where they need it. Together, we’re making a lasting difference. For more information on our women's rights focus, click here

The History of ActionAid Australia.

ActionAid Australia was first established in 1967 as a national association dedicated to the rights of refugees called Austcare.

Austcare's initial goal was to raise awareness among the Australian community and government of the needs of the growing number of displaced people around the world.

Austcare first started working with global anti poverty agency ActionAid in 2005, responding to the South Asian earthquake in Pakistan and the Boxing Day Tsunami in Sri Lanka and Indonesia.

Austcare also partnered with ActionAid to provide emergency relief in response to Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar, floods in Pakistan, Uganda and Nepal and Cyclone Sidr in Bangladesh.

After four years of working together around the world, in April 2009 Austcare formalised its relationship with ActionAid by becoming a full affiliate of the global network.

Finally, on 1 June 2009 Austcare changed its name to ActionAid Australia, thus completing the transition. Our strategy, finalised in 2011, focuses squarely on helping women stand up for their rights.

The History of ActionAid International.

ActionAid has been fighting poverty worldwide for over 30 years. We started life in 1972 as British charity Action in Distress, which based its activities on educating children.

By 1984, ActionAid was reaching over 40,000 children in Asia and Africa and had set up fundraising affiliates in Ireland, Italy, France and Spain under the ActionAid name.

In the late 1990s ActionAid expanded its work to include peace building and conflict resolution and started to take a more active role lobbying financial institutions such as the World Trade Organisation.

ActionAid International, headquartered in Johannesburg, was launched in 2003, with all fundraising affiliates and country programs given voting rights on the ActionAid International board.

Today, ActionAid reaches 25 million people in over 45 countries worldwide.

ActionAid's Mission, Vision and Values

ActionAid is an international anti-poverty agency working in over 45 countries, taking sides with poor people to end poverty and injustice together.

Our Mission

  • To work with poor and excluded people to eradicate poverty and injustice.

Our Vision

  • A world without poverty and injustice in which every person enjoys the right to a life with dignity.

Our Values

  • Mutual respect, requiring us to recognize each person's innate worth and the value of diversity.
  • Equity and justice, requiring us to work to ensure equal opportunity for every person, irrespective of race, age, gender, sexual orientation, HIV status, color, class, ethnicity, disability, location and religion.
  • Honesty and transparency, requiring us to be accountable at all levels to ensure the effectiveness of our actions and open in our communications with others.
  • Solidarity with the poor, powerless and excluded will be the only bias in our commitment to the fight against poverty.
  • Courage of conviction, requiring us to be creative and radical, bold and innovative in pursuit of making the greatest possible impact on the root causes of poverty, without fear of failure.
  • Independence, from any religious or political affiliation.
  • Humility, in our presentation and behaviour, recognizing that we are part of a broader alliance, all fighting against poverty.

Who's on our Board? Click here