Emergencies Action Fund | ActionAid UK

The aftermath of the Indonesia earthquake and tsunami, 2018

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Emergency: we are currently responding to the Southern Africa food and climate crisis. Please donate now to help us reach people in urgent need.

More than nine million people are facing severe food shortages after the worst drought the region has seen in 35 years. This number is expected to increase to 45 million over the next few months.

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.


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.


Cyclone Idai in Southern Africa

Cyclone Idai made landfall on Thursday 14th March 2019 and has caused widespread destruction across Southern Africa, including Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.

Rohingya refugee crisis

Since 2017 more than 700,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar in desperate need of food, shelter, clean water and medical aid. Find out about the crisis, and how you can help.


Page updated 15 January 2020