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

ActionAid started work in the Upper West Region in 1998 in the Sissala district. Three years later, in 2001, a second development area was established in the Jirapa-Lambussie district, funded by sponsors from United Kingdom.

Located in northern Ghana, the Upper West region is within the government administrative boundaries.

The main economic activity in the region is farming and charcoal burning. A section of the people also engage in vegetable farming especially around the dams. Most of the population live in rural areas. The region has been rated as the poorest in the country by the government agency of Ghana statistical service.

Road networks are bad with high illiteracy. The area is prone to flooding and droughts.

Currently with a team of nine persons, the Programme works in the three key programme themes of Women’s Rights, Education, Agriculture and Food Rights Campaigns. Other cross cutting issues; are the Right to Life in the face of HIV and AIDS and Human Security in conflicts and emergencies.

In all these, communities are courage to undertake self-help development initiatives while holding the duty bearers accountable. The organisation also undertakes initiatives to empower people to understand how public policies, processes and institutions affect their lives and demand from duty bearers’ effective service delivery.