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.

Our works are defined in Six Thematic Areas of (i) Right to Health; (ii) Right to Education; (iii) Right to Human Security in Conflict and Emergencies (iv) Women’s Rights (v) Right to Just and Democratic  Governance and (vi) Right to Food.

Linking all these is our geographically based integrated Partnerships Against Poverty (PAP) which is being implemented in twelve states of the federation. We are building on the experiences and lessons learnt from the initial work, and where appropriate creating linkages with existing thematic areas.

Promoting the right to just and democratic governance and Women's Rights are cross-cutting themes which apply across the whole programme, but also have stand alone initiatives.

All these thematic activities are delivered through partners funded initiatives like the projects stated above and/or our Partnerships Against Poverty (PAP), that are resourced through AA child sponsorship programme.

The PAP structure ensures synergy and coordination between community level programming and national level partnership-funded projects. It is a systematic partnership between our community level NGOs/CBOs, programme communities and government in ensuring the protection and guarantee of the rights of people through community empowerment and delivery of basic social services.

The coordination and administrative processes of PAP allows for effective engagement of the thematic leads in the community-based programmes and facilitates linkages from local to national and international policy work. PAP has increased citizens’ participation in local governance which is gradually leading to improved service delivery.

Child Sponsorship

The Child Sponsorship program of ActionAid is a fund raising mechanism to support its development work in all its programme areas. Under this mechanism, a supporter from a European ActionAid country is linked to a child in the community and a bond develops between them.

This relationship leads to improvement in the child’s life, his community and in the lives of his/her family. ActionAid Nigeria is currently being supported by over 14, 000 supporters from the United Kingdom, Italy and Sweden.

  • ActionAid Nigeria commenced programmatic operations in January 2000 after a Country appraisal which found poverty in the midst of plenty. We commenced work then through a Country Agreement signed...
  • The Human Security in Conflict and Emergencies supported by DFID and ActionAid International uses Community Based Approach to Conflict Transformation and Peace Building to address the issues of build up of tension and eruption of violent conflicts across Nigeria. 

  • Our work in Education is female biased. The main goal of our programming in education is to eliminate gender disparities in basic education. One of our projects, Enhancing Girls’ Basic Education in Northern Nigeria (EGBENN) supported by Oxfam Novib is now in the second phase; while the other, Transforming Education for Girls (TEGIN) funded by Comic Relief, UK, is a special education initiative in Nigeria and Tanzania.

    When she grows up, Rukaya would like to be a doctor
  • Right to health is one of the priority areas in which ActionAid works in Nigeria. Our focus within the theme is the improvement of reproductive health within our focal communities through works with government, institutions and the organisations of poor people to strengthen health system with relevant policies implementation.

    Africa. Nigeria. Lagos. Bird Flu.
  • The Right to Food (R2F) programme of ActionAid has as its underlying principle, the right of every individual to be free from hunger especially women and children.

  • ActionAid Nigeria’s Right to Just and Democratic Governance is focused on strengthening the principle and practice of just and democratic governance, by deepening participation, accountability and decentralisation.

  • ActionAid’s work in Women’s Rights seeks to change unequal power relations between men and women in Nigeria with focus on increasing women’s participation in decision making processes.