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

About Us

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 Malawi started work in Malawi in 1990. Championing anti-poverty actions and debates, ActionAid works with some of the poorest and most remote parts of Malawi.

ActionAid International 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.

We work hard to campaign on:

Empowerment on Rights for Vulnerable and Excluded  people

We work to support the attainment of socio economic and political right for vulnerable and excluded people

Governance and Advocacy

We engage policy makers to adopt a pro-poor policy formulation

Women’s land rights

We work with female farmers to enhance their economic independence and upholding their right to access, control of their land

  • 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.

  • Despite the remarkable progress that Malawi has made to improve the food security at national level, there is still a problem of food insecurity. Current statistics indicate that 49% of children under the age of five suffer from chronic malnutrition.

  • When disaster strikes, we can respond within hours, providing vital things like food and shelter. We link our response to our ongoing projects, and we stick around as long as we’re needed, providing practical support, and making sure local people have a say in rebuilding their communities and livelihoods.

    Urmila Devi, 55, stands in front of flooded farm land and abandoned huts.
  • The rich countries cause climate change, but it’s the poorer countries that are suffering the consequences. We’re supporting communities who are trying to cope with the disastrous effects of climate change. And we’re challenging world leaders to do something about it.

  • ActionAid Malawi education page