The groups of poor and excluded people that ActionAid works with include women subsistence farmers, children, the youth, people living with AIDS and people with disabilities.
ActionAid’s development initiatives (DIs) also known as Local Rights Programmes (LPR) are spread in 12 districts located in the north, south and central regions.
In the northern region ActionAid works in Chitipa, Rumphi and Mzimba districts.
In the southern region, the organisation’s work covers Nsanje, Chiradzulu, Machinga, Phalombe and Neno district.
In the central region, ActionAid works in Lilongwe, Ntchisi, Dedza and Mchinji.
The peri-urban programme of Lilongwe focuses on urban poverty issues and HIV and AIDS.
In the other 11 districts, ActionAid supports partner organisations to implement programmes that empower poor people to meet their needs and challenge structural issues that cause poverty.
At the local level, ActionAid works with the most poor to secure their immediate needs and use this as a basis to influence public processes and decisions in their favour.
It does this by supporting poor people’s participation in public decisions and all public processes at the local level.
At the national level ActionAid supports other civil society actors to influence change in favour of the poor and excluded.
The organisation also seeks to broaden spaces for poor people and their organisations to participate in national public policies and processes.