What we do | ActionAid UK

What we do

Nazma, 30, with her daughter, Sabia, plucking a mango she has grown in her garden in Bangladesh

ActionAid is changing the lives of the poorest, most disadvantaged women and girls in the world – for good.

Not accepting survival as enough. Empowering them to understand their rights and the power they have to change their own lives.

We change lives for good by focusing on five key areas of work:

  • Defending women's rights
  • Food, hunger and sustainable livelihoods
  • Education 
  • Humanitarian and emergency response
  • Tackling injustice 

Click the links below to find out more about what the problems are and how we’re working with communities to build long-term solutions.

Defending women's rights

Women are more likely to live in poverty, simply because they are women. We help them to understand and claim their rights, to challenge injustice and to fight for gender equality.

Ending hunger

Every day, millions of women living in extreme poverty struggle to grow or buy enough food to feed their children. We help by giving people the skills they need to grow more sustainable food, and by campaigning to address the causes of hunger.


Education isn’t a privilege - it’s a right. Over 58 million children, mostly girls, are still missing out on school. We’re working to change that.

Humanitarian and emergency response

When disaster strikes we provide help straight away, as well as setting up lasting projects to help people rebuild their lives and prepare for future disasters.

Tackling injustice

Global injustice keeps people poor. It means that those in poorest places - especially women and girls - don’t enjoy a level playing field, or the same opportunities to change their situations.