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.

Local Development Programmes (LDPs)

To date, ActionAid works with five Community Based Organisations (CBOs) to implement a 10 year international child sponsorship programme which began in 2006. The organisation has set up LDP structures in Makoni, Chiendambuya and Nyanga in Manicaland, Hwedza in Mashonaland East and Nkayi in Matabeleland North.  More LDPs are currently being set up in Saunyama, Nyazura and Nyamaropa in Manicaland. The purpose of setting up LDPs structures is to consolidate ActionAid's activities and increase our impact in Zimbabwe.

Special projects

In addition to LDPs, ActionAid also works with 11 partners on special projects which address social protection, mainly through a Protracted Relief and Livelihood Programme focusing on households who are infected and affected by HIV. The Protracted Relief and Livelihood Programme is implemented in urban and peri-urban areas in Harare, Bulawayo, Midlands, Mashonaland West and Manicaland Provinces.

Democracy programmes

Through the merger with MS Zimbabwe, ActionAid took over partnerships with 22 more CBOs and nationally based organisations to focus on promoting transparency and accountability within local government structures, the empowerment of women and youth, conflict resolution, peace building and trade justice. The merger stretched ActionAid's reach to more disadvantaged communities in Matabeleland North, Matabeleland South, Masvingo, Midlands, Harare and Mashonaland Central Provinces.

Our target groups

ActionAid works with CBOs, civil society organisations (CSOs), coalitions, networks and movements working towards the eradication of poverty and injustice. The following are some of the specific groups targeted:

  • Poor and vulnerable women hosting OVC
  • People affected and living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHAS)
  • Victims of various processes that have led to internal displacements
  • The youth ,boys and girls in and out of school
  • Movements and organisations of poor and excluded and citizens 
  • Mining communities

As of 2010, over 160 000 people - 97% of whom were female - were beneficiaries of ActionAid's various interventions.

Priority Areas

ActionAid focuses on the following five development priorities which are in line with the Action International global strategy for 2012-2017 as follows:

  • By 2017 we will have advanced people-centred economic alternatives that deliver a sustainable and just future for people living in poverty
  • By 2017 we will have advanced participatory democracy, increasing the influence in political decision-making processes of excluded groups and women living in poverty
  • By 2017, we will ensure that women and girls living in poverty enjoy safe spaces and control over their bodies
  •  By 2017 we will have built people’s resilience to political and economic conflicts and natural disasters, reduced the risks they face and reacted to disasters in ways that accelerate alternatives to the dominant humanitarian model
  • By 2017 we will have enabled children and youth to become a new generation of active citizens who are committed to end poverty and achieve equality and justice.

Specialised Services and Skills

ActionAid is a leading organisation in building the capacities of communities, CBOs, CSOs and duty bearers using rights based approaches focusing on:

  • Advocacy and Lobby
  • Building local democracies
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Strengthening commodity associations and building local value chains
  • Building community platforms for social deliberations and action (society tackling issues through rights).