How we work

ActionAid - How we work
Hafeza Khatun facilitates a Reflect circle at Fathapur, Bangladesh. This group is called 'Nari Akota', or 'Women United'.
Photo: G.M.B. Akash/Panos/ActionAid

At ActionAid we have over 40 years of knowledge and experience in fighting poverty. We don't impose solutions, but work with communities over many years to strengthen their own efforts to throw off poverty and work for better lives for them and their families.

In everything that we do we: 

  • work together with poor people, local partners and organisations in combating poverty
  • focus on addressing the causes of poverty, not just the results.

We have prioritised five areas where we can make the most difference: education, hungereconomic justice, emergencies - and rights for women and girls.

Projects that empower communities

Our project work in Africa, Asia and Latin America is at the heart of what we do. Our projects enable people living in poverty to claim their rights - their rights to education and food, or their rights to be heard. We know how issues are linked, so we tackle our work holistically.

We campaign and lobby the UK Government, as well as influential institutions such as the World Bank, World Trade Organisation (WTO), IMF, and EU – to change the policies and practices that exacerbate poverty.

We believe that poor and marginalised people should shape and take responsibility for their own development by identifying and claiming their rights. Strengthening local organisations is key to ensuring that poor people have a voice. ActionAid works with over 2000 partner organisations, ranging from small community groups to alliances and international networks.