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Working in nearly 50 nations, ActionAid International has the unique vision of fighting poverty worldwide through the direct engagement of individuals, communities, and decision makers. In so doing, we strengthen and set in place programs that enable the poor and marginalized to exercise their inalienable rights to food, healthcare, education, and security.


ActionAid is a unique partnership of people who are fighting for a world without poverty, in which every person can exercise their right to a life of dignity. We work with poor and marginalized people to help eradicate poverty by overcoming the injustice and inequity that cause it.


ActionAid's broad mission is based on the following themes.

Women's rights: Ensuring inequalities are broken

HIV & AIDS: Working at community, national and international levels, we campaign for the right to life and dignity in the face of HIV & AIDS.

Corporate accountability: Ensuring corporate accountability on behalf of the poor.

Education: Our education work is based on over 30 years of experience in the field.

Trade: Working to end unfair international trade rules

Emergencies and conflict: ActionAid provides immediate relief in emergencies, we also set up long-term projects to help the most vulnerable people rebuild their lives, their communities and livelihoods.

International aid & debt: We work to ensure more and better aid, in combination with significant debt relief has the potential to lift millions of people out of poverty and secure their basic rights.


Helping some 10 million people a year, ActionAid's approach enables sustainable change through the organizing and empowerment of those who once felt they had no voice due to their poverty. In times of disaster, ActionAid International provides direct assistance to ensure that the world’s poorest people receive the relief they desperately need.

From the halls of power to the homes of the poor, ActionAid will not stop until the injustices that cause poverty are finally overcome.


Burkina Faso, Burundi, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Tanzania, United Republic of, Uganda, Zambia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, Viet Nam, Brazil, Guatemala, Haiti, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Peru


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Phone: (202) 835-1240
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Help Families Survive

African AIDS relief

Your kind gift will go far towards helping children and their families survive the cruelties of AIDS and hunger through home-based care, agricultural education programs, and community-building activities, such as the one pictured here: an ActionAid-supported vegetable garden for children orphaned by AIDS in Kadoma District, Zimbabwe.


Help Lives in Crisis

Disaster preparation

Your kind gift will help ActionAid to provide direct assistances to communities so that they may prepare for and recover from tragic events, such as the Asian Tsunami, the South Asian Earthquake, war, and genocide. Special attention will be placed on the needs of the region's poorest and most overlooked people.


Ensure Water for Life

Clean water access

Your kind gift will help individuals claim their right to clean water by building sustainable and safe water supplies, encouraging local residents to maintain them, and holding educational campaigns on sanitation and health within some of Afghanistan’s most remote regions.


Stop Hunger

Programs in Haiti

Your kind gift will aid us in working with local Haitian communities so that they may escape the bonds of drought, famine, and malnutrition through improved farming techniques, and income generating projects. These include: a microcredit program that enables poor women to build their farms or buisnesses, and classes that help women to market and sell their goods so that they may escape poverty's grip.