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

How we work

Our Approaches

Rights Based Approach

The focus of all of our work is to ensure that the rights of poor and excluded people who constitute our primary stakeholders are respected, protected, promoted, and fulfilled by the state and other powerful institutions. In order to effect change we engage duty bearers whose policies and practices make people poor.


ActionAid believes strongly in working in partnerships and alliances of poor and excluded people, social movements and other civil society organizations rather than implementing Programmes directly. Our engagement with partners is structured and involves working with Local Non Governmental Organisations and Community Based Organisations who are familiar with the local conditions, customs and politics.  We work with new and existing partners that share our goals and values, identify and develop their capacities and nurture weak groups at community levels. 

Participatory Analysis and Awareness

Our work at community level involves using participatory techniques to help poor and excluded people explore the causes and effects of poverty and injustice.  Some of the participatory techniques include REFLECT, Stepping Stones, Participatory Vulnerability Analysis (PVA), Societies Tackling Aids through Rights (STAR) and Children’s Reflection and Empowerment for Social Transformation (CREST).  

Addressing immediate needs

ActionAid addresses immediate needs in communities in a manner that will empower poor and excluded people to claim their rights.  In cases of conflict and emergencies AAISL directly provides services for affected communities, without precluding primary responsibilities of the state.

Policy Research, Advocacy and Campaigns

ActionAid undertakes research to inform our advocacy and campaign work. Our advocacy and campaign focuses on change of policies and practices that deepen poverty and injustices at the local, national and international levels. Examples of such campaigns include the Women Won’t Wait (intersection between tackling violence against women and HIV/AIDS in post-conflict Sierra Leone); the HungerFREE Campaign, IMF and education and Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP).  Our advocacy work prioritises the interest of poor and excluded groups in our society, especially women, by building and strengthening capacity, organising, mobilising and providing support.