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.

In Ghana we’re working hard to:

  • build and strengthen poor people’s power to claim their rights and live a life of dignity
  • challenge the injustice and inequity within communities, at the national level and globally, that perpetuates power over poor people and other oppressed groups
  • support and enhance civil society’s power to work with others to develop collective strength against poverty and its causes
  • strengthen poor people’s power within by nurturing self confidence and self esteem to define their own agenda and advocate on equal terms with everyone


  • Education helps people to access and enjoy other rights

    Bicheso Moake Comfort teaching her class in Naboni, northern Ghana
  • Women around the world are more likely to live in poverty - just because they are women. They have less access to land, education, income and decision-making – all of which keeps them poor.

  • Small scale farmers constitute the largest group of poor people

    Zelia Azumah in Gnani Camp, Northern Ghana
  • Our main focus is to prevent conflicts and build resilience

    Some women beneficiaries going home with their relief packages in Bansi Bulungu,
  • An estimated 240,000 people live with HIV in Ghana out of an estimated country’s population of 22 million people. Over 160,000 children have been orphaned by AIDS in Ghana.