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.

  • Every day, one in six people goes to bed hungry. Yet the world produces more than enough food for everybody. We’re tackling the causes of hunger, so that everyone can enjoy the right to have enough to eat.

    Vasta, 29, winnowing and drying the rice harvest, Malawi
  • 70% of people living in poverty are women. Women around the world are more likely to live in poverty - just because they are women. 

    Land Rights Activists shout slogans during a march from Bodhgaya to Patna, India
  • Fair, accountable government is crucial to ending poverty and promoting human rights. Throughout the world, people's demands for democracy are growing louder as many have suffered under oppressive regimes and unaccountable leaders.

    (L-R) Bilal, 35, Mwanahamis, 30 and Adinani, 63,  communtiy activists in Tandahi
  • Education is a right. It’s the key to a better childhood, and a better future for children, their communities and their countries.

    (L-R) Ross Srey Meng, 4, and Both Srey Aun, 5, at a non-formal school, Cambodia.
  • When disaster strikes, we can respond within hours, providing vital things like food and shelter. We link our response to our ongoing projects, and we stick around as long as we’re needed, providing practical support, and making sure local people have a say in rebuilding their communities and livelihoods.

    Urmila Devi, 55, stands in front of flooded farm land and abandoned huts.
  • The rich countries cause climate change, but it’s the poorer countries that are suffering the consequences. We’re supporting communities who are trying to cope with the disastrous effects of climate change. And we’re challenging world leaders to do something about it.

    Climate Change and Hunger: A Solution

  • AIDS causes the deaths of approximately 8,200 people every single day, the majority of them in poor countries

    Anusuya, 31, a member of MILANA
  • Young women and men may be some of the most invisible and excluded groups - not only within their own families and communities, but also within national and international development. The concerns of older adolescents and young adults - partcularly around health, education and jobs - have not received sufficient global attention.