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

About us

ActionAid works with poor people in over 40 countries across the world. Our goal? To end poverty. We believe in doing things differently. We know that with the right opportunities, poor people will find their own solutions - and build new lives.

ActionAid Malawi (AAM) started its operations in Malawi in 1990 and is an affiliate member of ActionAid International federation.  ActionAid Malawi got registered locally under the Companies Limited by Guarantee Act of the laws of Malawi in April 2007 as a company limited by guarantee

ActionAid Malawi is therefore a local organisation as well as a member of an international organisation. This has enhanced AAM’s legitimacy to engage on national issues and reinforced down and up-ward accountability, through institutionalisation of the national board and general assembly, while complying with international standards and discipline.

 Currently AAM is implementing long-term integrated programmes and working in 12 districts namely; Chitipa, Rumphi and Mzimba in the Northern region, Lilongwe, Ntchisi, Dedza and Mchinji in the Central region and Neno, Machinga, Chiradzulu, Nsanje and Phalombe in the Southern region. AAM is also working in Karonga, Thyolo and Zomba on short-term projects.

ActionAid Malawi is implementing grassroots integrated long-term development work in 12 districts.

Our work at grassroots level forms the basis for engaging on national and international issues that cause and perpetuate poverty. Through our policy and advocacy work, ActionAid aims to empower poor and excluded people to demand and achieve their basic rights.

It also seeks to achieve equity between men, women, boys and girls by empowering women and challenging discrimination and insubordination of women and girls.

The Organisation also supports Local Partner Organisations to promote the interests and active participation of poor and excluded people in all spheres of their life.

Our Vision:  A nation without poverty where every citizen exercises their right to a life of dignity.

Our Mission: To work in partnership with poor and excluded people to eradicate poverty by challenging and overcoming the injustices and inequity that cause and perpetuate it.

Our Values

Mutual respect: recognising the innate dignity and worth of all people and the value of diversity.

Fairness, equity and justice: ensuring that everyone, regardless of sex, age, race, colour, class and religion, has equal opportunity for expression and for utilising their potential.

Integrity: honesty, transparency and accountability - ¬being accountable for the effectiveness of our actions and open in our judgment and communications with others.

Solidarity: with the poor, excluded and marginalized people - our only bias shall be in favor of the interests of the poor, excluded and marginalised.

Courage of conviction: being creative and radical without fear of failure, in pursuit of the highest possible impact on the causes of poverty.

Humility: recognizing that we are part of a bigger alliance against poverty and requiring our presentation and behavior to be modest.

Respect for the rights of women and children: we believe in taking affirmative action and deliberately strengthening the capacity of women to meet their basic needs and to improve on their position; and have a strong commitment to the rights of the children.

Independence: as an Organisation, we remain independent of any religious, party-politics or other partisan affiliation.

Management and Governance

The management of AA Malawi comprises of a Senior Leadership Team headed by the Executive Director. Management reports to the Board of Directors which has eleven members who are drawn from the General Assembly. One member of the Board represents AAM at International Assembly. The Board of Directors reports to the General Assembly.