Emergencies Action Fund | ActionAid UK

Coronavirus: we are currently responding to the coronavirus crisis in Africa, South East Asia and Latin America. Please donate now to help us reach people in urgent need.

Millions of people in the world’s poorest countries, already vulnerable due to food shortages, weak health systems and climate crisis, are facing an outbreak of this devastating disease. We must act now to stop the spread.

What is the Emergencies Action Fund?

The Emergencies Action Fund is there to make sure we are always ready to respond in emergencies — it is reserved solely for this work.

By making a donation, you can help us prepare for, and respond to, disasters and emergencies in countries all over the world. 

Read below how your support is making a difference in some of the world’s worst disasters.


ActionAid’s approach

When disasters and emergencies strike, ActionAid does things differently.

We know that women and girls often suffer the most during humanitarian emergencies. 

Typically, more women than men are killed by rapid onset disasters like tsunamis and earthquakes, and violence against women and girls increases during all emergencies, especially in conflict.

That’s why, when emergencies happen, we work directly with local women and girls to meet the needs of those affected.

Our approach is to empower local women to lead the response. Local women know best what their communities need, and are able to get life-saving supplies quickly and fairly to those who need it most.

We work on-the-ground to deliver emergency aid like food, water, shelter and medicine, to meet the immediate needs of people affected by crisis. 

And in the long-term, we work hand-in-hand with communities to help them rebuild and recover, putting women and girls’ safety and wellbeing at the heart of our approach.


Coronavirus pandemic

Coronavirus is sweeping across Africa, South East Asia and Latin America, in an unprecedented global emergency. The world’s most vulnerable are facing a catastrophe of immense proportions. Findout about the crisis and how you can help.

Food crisis in Southern Africa

More than nine million people are currently facing severe food shortages after the worst drought Southern Africa has seen in 35 years. This number is expected to increase to 45 million over the next few months. Find out about the crisis, and how you can help.


Page updated 16 June 2020