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

What we do

We focus on the people that others forget. People in poverty. People who face discrimination. People whose voices are ignored.

We help people 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 our resources, influence and experience to help people find their own solutions.

We listen to what people 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.

ActionAid International The Gambia (AAITG) is an Affiliate of the ActionAid federation, a global movement of people working together to further human rights for all and defeat poverty. We believe people in poverty have the power within them to create change for themselves, their families and communities. ActionAid is a catalyst for that change.

OUR VISION

Our vision is a world without poverty and injustice in which every person enjoys their right to a life of dignity.

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to work with the poor, powerless and excluded to eradicate poverty and injustice

ActionAid The Gambia was established in 1979 and is one of the oldest ActionAid Country programmes in Africa. Since its establishment, it has gone through many changes in its strategies and programming. In 1997, the programme expanded to cover Senegal and Guinea Bissau as cross border initiatives. Senegal however graduated into a fully-fledged Country Programme at the beginning of 2007 while Guinea Bissau was phased out at the international level in 2010. All our programmes fall within the Peoples Action To End Poverty (Peoples Action) strategy of ActionAid International

“Moving on from just fighting poverty to working for long lasting solutions to poverty, advancing alternatives together with our partners and allies”

In our fourth Country Strategy Paper (CSPIV 2013 - 2017), we focus on four strategic objectives.  

PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE AND CONTROL OVER NATURAL RESOURCES FOR PEOPLE LIVING IN POVERTY.

IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF PUBLIC EDUCATION FOR ALL CHILDREN AND SUPPORT YOUTH TO BECOME DRIVERS OF CHANGE TOWARDS A POVERTY-FREE PLANET.

ENSURE THAT WOMEN AND GIRLS CAN BREAK THE CYCLE OF POVERTY AND VIOLENCE, BUILD ECONOMIC ALTERNATIVES AND CLAIM CONTROL OVER THEIR BODIES

CONTRIBUTE TO THE ERADICATION OF HIV&AIDS AND MALARIA BY SUPPORTING THE ELIMINATION OF NEW INFECTIONS, PROVIDING CARE AND SUPPORT THROUGH EVIDENCE BASED SERVICES.

Two other mission Objectives: ADVANCE THE POLITICAL INFLUENCE OF PEOPLE LIVING IN POVERTY TO HOLD GOVERNMENTS AND CORPORATES ACCOUNTABLE and

BUILD THE RESILIENCE OF PEOPLE LIVING IN POVERTY TO CONFLICTS AND DISASTERS AND RESPOND TO DISASTERS WITH PEOPLE-CENTRED, RIGHTS-BASED ALTERNATIVES  cut across all other objectives.