Democratic Governance

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.

Issues of politics and governance might sound dry, but they are at the heart of building a just society, where people can claim their rights.

Governance is the way in which a country or society takes decisions and allocates resources. It's  not just about voting systems, it's about the way in which people, including the poorest and most excluded can be involved in those decisions, and hold institutions accountable.


ActionAid supports women, men, and young people to hold governments and corporates accountable, fight for justice, end discrimination and corruption, and take control of the decisions that shape their lives.

At the local level, ActionAid provides training to people so that they can understand, monitor and track budgets. ActionAid enables them to work together to hold organisations to account - whether they are schools, health authorities, local councils, corporates that provide public services, or national governments.

At the national level, ActionAid works to hold those in power accountable for their impact on poor people.

At the international level, we use our international perspective and research to influence the policy and practice of institutions like the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), and the African Union (AU).

  • In the midst of broken promises and ever increasing political rhetoric more than 1.3 billion people continue to live on less than a dollar a day.
  • The BRICS - an informal grouping of countries that includes Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - have been meeting at the head of state level since 2009.

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