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.

ActionAid International Uganda (AAIU) has been working in Uganda since 1982 when we started our first programmes in Mityana Sub-County, Mubende District.

Since then we have expanded our operations throughout the country as part of our long-term commitment to work with the socially and economically disadvantaged.

We have field offices in Amuru, Busiiki, Kalangala, Katakwi, Kumi, Masindi, Nebbi, Mubende, Kapchorwa and Pallisa. We also support urban development initiatives in Kawempe Division of Kampala City and run peace-building initiatives in Karamoja. 

In 2010 we reached over 393,927 families representing 26% of Uganda’s poorest population. We supported over 71 community based organisations, non government organisations, civil society networks and alliances working on a number of poverty eradication and rights initiatives in over 47 districts in the country.

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Click here to read about our People4Change programme.


  • ActionAid Uganda meets women activists at the Women's Rights Center in Nebbi district




  • We believe there is enough food to feed everyone in the world. Enough to eat. It's the most fundamental of rights. But every day, 1 in 6 people goes to bed hungry. But the causes of hunger aren’t natural, they’re manmade, and the solutions are within our power.


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  • Our work on participatory democracy and governance is premised on understanding that poverty is a consequence of abuse of power manifested through undemocratic practices, unaccountable and non-responsive leadership and paternalist ‘welfare’ approach where citizens must wait upon the generosity and goodwill of the giver.

  • Empowering Communities to Address Harmful Practices and Violence against Children in Eastern Uganda

  • Since 1982 we have expanded our operations throughout Uganda as part of our long-term commitment to work with the socially and economically disadvantaged.

  • Disasters increase poverty, wiping out homes and livelihoods and causing a vicious circle of poverty, vulnerability and crisis. That's why our work with people affected by emergencies and conflict plays a key part in our fight against poverty. 

    Food distribution to Bududa landslide victims