Where your money goes


Our expenditure in 2019

Our expenditure in 2019: pie chart
Area of expenditure(£m)%
Humanitarian and development programmes and strengthening our global federation




Support costs (running the organisation)


Campaigning for change



What you helped us achieve in 2019

Every day we hear incredible stories of how the lives of women and girls are changing for the better.

With your support in 2019, our work has helped to transform lives - whether that's by helping to alleviate period poverty, distributing life-saving aid in emergencies such as in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai, or training women and girls with skills that help lift them out of poverty. 

Here are just a few examples of how your donations helped the most vulnerable women and girls in 2019. 


Changing lives with child sponsorship

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), many schools don’t have brick walls and weather-proof roofs. They are in such poor condition that children miss school during the rainy season.

On the DRC’s island of Idjwi, a primary school struggled with this problem. “Bricks sometimes fell on us in class,” says 10-year-old Amina.

We had to sit on stones, which were uncomfortable. My clothes were always dirty and in the rainy season the classroom roof would blow away and we couldn’t come to school.”

In partnership with the community, ActionAid drew up a plan to rebuild the school.

With the help of child sponsorship donations that support the community, six classrooms in Amina’s school were rebuilt. Desks, chairs, and blackboards were also provided for the school.

The improved learning conditions have made a huge difference to the children’s academic performance, as they no longer miss lessons due to bad weather.

There are now 300 more girls attending school in Idjwi since ActionAid helped renovate the classrooms. Projects like this are being replicated in the many countries where we work, transforming communities and helping girls access education

We supported over 39,000 people following Cyclone Idai in Southern Africa

More than 1200 people died and over 100,000 homes were destroyed after a devastating cyclone made landfall in Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe in March 2019. 

Thanks to our incredible supporters who donated to our Cyclone Idai appeal, ActionAid was able to respond to the crisis immediately. Our response involved distributing food, blankets, water-purification tablets, shelters, clothes, mosquito nets, and dignity kits to women and girls

When the Cyclone struck Zimbabwe, single mother-of-three Majiva’s three children and mother went missing. Her youngest child, a baby, slipped off her back due to the intensity of the rain and was swept away.

My house has gone, along with all my family members. I am left all alone."

Sadly, Majiva’s devastating story is not unique, which is why part of ActionAid’s response has involved setting up women-friendly spaces in Zimbabwe where survivors of the cyclone can access essential psychological support.

Takaitei Bote/ActionAid

ActionAid women's counsellor, Fatema 35, counselling a refugee family about the use of sanitary protection. Rukhia Begam, 29, and with her daughter Jannat, 15.

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We reached more than 250,000 Rohingya refugees living in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

Since the outbreak of violence in Myanmar in 2017, an estimated 745,000 Rohingya people have fled to Bangladesh. 

We have provided life-saving humanitarian aid to thousands of refugees, including food, safe drinking water, and shelter. 

We've also set up safe spaces for women in emergencies.  Women and especially mothers have very specific needs, and this is never more evident than during a humanitarian disaster.

That’s why ActionAid has built six Women’s Safe Spaces in Cox’s Bazar – centres where mothers can breastfeed in private, receive hygiene kits, emotional support, and where needed access medical referrals. 


Page updated 26 February 2021