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.

Shaped and driven by our values, vision and mission, we work for transformative and structural social changes through people’s active agencies. We believe in human rights and embrace HRBA to fight against not only the symptoms but also the structural causes of poverty, injustice and inequality.

Discriminated, excluded and exploited people - particularly women and girls - living in poverty and injustice, whose rights are denied or violated, are our primary stakeholders. We take sides with them and stand by them; it is their stories, energy and activism that inspire us and our work.

As a part of a larger civil society and social justice movement, we engage and actively collaborate with other civil society organisations committed to equality, social justice and poverty eradication. In view of the dominant context of patriarchal system in the society, we embrace feminist principles and approaches to all our works.