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Asha Saleem holds her youngest child, Hasani, in Makuyuni, Tanzania. Asha never went to school, but she hopes that her daughters will get an education so that they can get good jobs when they grow up.

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December

Top 10 most generous counties in the UK revealed

New research figures released by ActionAid reveal the top ten most generous UK areas based on the numbers of children in poor countries sponsored by local people.

Afghanistan Conference: make women's rights declaration

Women's rights will not be negotiated away in any peace deal with insurgent groups.

November

Busan summit must not miss vital opportunity to end aid dependency

The international community must seize the chance to put countries in the driving seat of their own development as the fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness opens in Busan, Korea.

Normalisation of child marriage in sub Saharan Africa

ActionAid research has revealed that up to 86% of girls had reported some form of violence against them in the past 12 months, that parents are complicit in under-age marriage and that girls are all too frequently blamed for the violence they experience.

Caravan of Hope sets off for the COP17 climate summit

The Trans-African Caravan of Hope is an awareness-raising campaign organised by the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) which is travelling across 10 countries on a mission to tell the African story of climate change.

ActionAid launches ActionAid Live - the world’s first emergency music network

ActionAid has launched the world’s first ever emergency music network, backed by music stars including The Wombats, Everything Everything, Chapel Club, Cancer Bats and Radio 1’s Huw Stephens.

Celebrity wine lovers outsmart each other in aid of global poverty

Clive Anderson, Jo Brand, Charles Dance, Nicholas Owen and James Purefoy became the sharpest of wine buffs and wine bluffers last night at ActionAid's celebrity fundraising event, Call My Wine Bluff - the lively wine lover’s adaptation of the classic TV game show.

G20 announces welcome progress on tax justice

Important progress has been made in the battle against tax haven secrecy

Gates calls on G20 to help developing countries end aid dependency

World's second-richest man joins our calls for a Robin Hood Tax and urges the worlds’ richest leaders to maintain their commitments to international aid.

G20 must work to end tax haven secrecy

Financial crisis: G20 must end tax haven secrecy, ActionAid says.

Call My Wine Bluff celebrities confirmed

On Thursday 17 November, celebrities and guests will gather at the Renaissance Five Star Hotel to raise money at ActionAid's fundraising event for ending poverty, ensuring that children in poor countries have the chance to go to school and build a better life for themselves and their families.

October

Thailand floods - ActionAid's response

Water now covers one third of Thailand's provinces. Many families are displaced and in need of basic facilities like food, water, sanitation and shelter. ActionAid is responding to the emergency.

PHOTO: Emma Thompson meets Aung San Suu Kyi with ActionAid

ActionAid ambassador Emma Thompson meets Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi against a backdrop of increasing change in the country.

Explore ActionAid's interactive Hunger map

Take our world tour and see where hunger is being tackled and where it is likely to get worse.

VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Emma Thompson in Burma

Emma Thompson discusses her visit to Burma (Myanmar) with ActionAid, and tells us how the country is changing, the difference ActionAid supporters are making, and what it was like to meet Aung San Suu Kyi

Will Aid month - this November

If, like many other people, you have been putting off writing your Will, Will Aid is your chance to put that right this November.

Discover the interactive FTSE 100 tax haven map

Uncover the secret tax haven life of 98 out of 100 biggest UK-listed companies.

Once a sponsored child, now heading up ActionAid's East Africa response

Enrico Eminae, the man leading ActionAid’s response to the crisis, travelled to five locations in the UK to thank supporters in person for their generosity

Enough empty promises

Pamela Chisanga is country director of ActionAid Zambia. From schools so old they threaten to collapse, to mining companies not paying their way, she explains some of the problems she deals with in the course of her work.

September

10 years on: women's stories from Afghanistan

We polled 1000 women across Afghanistan to obtain a rare insight into their opinions about living through the last 10 years of war.

Jo Brand, Meera Syal, and Nicholas Owen join Clive Anderson for Call My Wine Bluff

Celebrities gear up for a night of fine wine and laughs at ActionAid's showcase fundraiser

ActionAid providing flood relief in India and Pakistan

The most vulnerable people are the worst affected by the huge floods in India and Pakistan.

After the earthquake

The earthquake in Haiti killed 250,000 people and shattered millions of lives. With the support of friends and families – and ActionAid child sponsors – the people of Haiti are rebuilding their lives.

The difference child sponsorship is making in East Africa

As hunger turned to famine in east Africa, ActionAid’s emergency response delivered life-saving food and water. But it is child sponsorship that has created the basis for this vital work.

Young campaigners wanted to travel to Africa

A national competition to find the Young Ambassadors 2012 for the Global Campaign for Education is now open to schoolchildren in the UK. The winners will have the opportunity to visit Africa in February 2012 with the charity ActionAid and the Global Campaign for Education.

Sharp fall in poor countries' dependency on foreign aid

ActionAid's Real Aid 3 report reveals an increase in good quality aid which is helping to free countries from aid dependency.

Charity Auction: Robert Pattinson's film costume!

On Saturday 3 September an item of clothing from the Hollywood heartthrob Robert Pattinson's wardrobe will be available in an online charity auction benefiting four international causes - World Child Cancer, Save the Children, UNICEF, and ActionAid.

August

People at Risk as Heavy Monsoon Rains Lash South Asia

Heavy monsoon rains have started to cause havoc across large parts of Bangladesh, Pakistan and India with Nepal now facing severe floods.

ActionAid warns Foster’s on tax dodging risk

SABMiller has recently launched a hostile takeover bid for the Foster's group, which could lead to the Australian authorities losing out to tax dodging in a similar way to African nations.

VIDEO: Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens visits Kenya with ActionAid

To commemorate ActionAid's tenth anniversary of campaigning against poverty at Reading Festival, Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens visited work run by young people in Kenya. This included a newspaper that combats corruption, and a radio station in the Korogocho slum.

ActionAid's secret Reading Festival gigs

Bollocks to Poverty, the youth arm of ActionAid, is staging a series of bespoke, unpublicised performances by big names in their cool and cosy tent to celebrate their 10th amazing year of standing up for the rights of people all over the world at Reading festival.

Corrie star Sally Dynevor at Selfridges for ActionAid

Coronation Street actress Sally Dynevor (aka Webster) served up ActionAid's sparkling rose wine, Millione, at a wine-tasting in Manchester

July

Women facing drought in Kenya resort to stomach binding

Women facing drought in Kenya are resorting to the potentially life-threatening practice of binding their stomachs with rope in order to stave off hunger.

DEC East Africa Crisis Appeal reaches £20 million

Donations from the UK public to the DEC appeal to help people suffering from severe food shortages in East Africa have topped a milestone £20 million.

DEC Crisis Appeal reaches 15 million

Donations from the UK public to the DEC’s appeal, to help people suffering from severe food shortages in East Africa, have reached a milestone £15 million.

The worst drought in 60 years has devastated cattle and crops in parts of East Africa creating a humanitarian emergency, with problems expected to be compounded by a poor coming harvest. More than 10 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and the newly-formed Republic of South Sudan have been left in need of food, water and emergency healthcare.

DEC agencies prepare to scale up work in Somalia

DEC agencies prepare to scale up work in Somalia. Member agencies of the Disasters Emergency Committee are preparing to scale up the work they are already doing in Somalia, as thousands continue to flee to Kenya and Ethiopia to escape drought and conflict. Nine of the 14 agencies that make up the DEC are working in the Somalia directly or through partners. The existing humanitarian crisis in the country caused by the conflict has been compounded by the severe drought affecting the region.

DEC East Africa Crisis Appeal reaches £10 million milestone

Donations are still flooding in from the UK public for the DEC Appeal to help people suffering from severe food shortages in East Africa, bringing the appeal total to £10 million. Parts of East Africa have been hit by the worst drought in 60 years, wiping out cattle and crops. This has left at least 10 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and the newly-formed Republic of South Sudan in desperate need of food, water and emergency healthcare.

Tax avoidance ‘as big an issue as sweatshops’ says ActionAid

Businesses face the risk of seriously damaging their reputation if they do not make tax planning part of their corporate responsibility programmes, says anti-poverty charity ActionAid.

UK public smash DEC ‘text’ donation record

Mobile phone users donating to the DEC East Africa Crisis Appeal have raised a record sum by text, giving £400,000 so far.

Aid delivered in East Africa as DEC Appeals broadcast in UK

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) has announced details of the radio and television broadcasts to run today (Friday) to help more than 10 million people in the grip of the worst drought seen in parts of East Africa in over half a century.

DEC announces East Africa Crisis Appeal

LEADING UK humanitarian agencies are launching a joint appeal to help more than 10 million people in the grip of East Africa’s worst drought in over half a century.

DEC agencies face £85m funding gap in East Africa

In the face of the worst drought in East Africa since the 1950’s, the agencies of the Disasters Emergency Committee said today (Wednesday, 6.7.11) they face a funding shortfall of more than £85m for their emergency response in the region.

The drought has withered crops, killed cattle and led to massive increases in food prices. More than 10 million people are now affected over large areas of Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia and the rest of the region.

ActionAid launches £1.5 million appeal for drought-hit East Africa

ActionAid has launched a £1.5 million appeal to urgently step up its work in drought-affected East Africa.
The severe drought across Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda and Djibouti has left an estimated 10m people on the brink of starvation with some areas experiencing the driest conditions in 60 years.

East Africa food crisis: 10 million in danger

Recurring droughts have taken parts of east Africa to the point of collapse. Hawa Halaile from Kenya tells us of closed waterholes, and children no longer able to go to school.

June

Acid attacks... a survivor's story

Seventeen-year-old Neela was attacked with acid when she was 14 years old. Horrific attacks in which corrosive acid is hurled in women’s faces or forced down their throats – melting skin and bone and often resulting in blindness – are a near daily occurrence in Bangladesh.

Millione reaches its first target

Our sparkling wine with a heart, Millione, has now raised enough money to start work on two primary schools in Sierra Leone.

Actor Jimi Mistry visits Rwanda to expose child poverty

The East is East star will appear on Daybreak on ITV tomorrow (16 June) to talk about his sponsored child, and an amazing journey.

Sponsored child with disability wins Diana Award

18-year-old Eshwaramma Nrayanappa – a quadriplegic former sponsored child – has won a Diana Award in recognition of her contribution to the rights of children living with disability in India.

GALLERY: Highlights from Teatime for Change

ActionAid supporters meet their MPs in Westminster to campaign for tax justice and a commitment to aid.

May

Wanted! Backstage reporter for Reading Festival

ActionAid's youth arm are looking for one lucky winner to live the dream of being an intrepid backstage reporter interviewing bands like The Strokes, Muse, Pulp & My Chemical Romance.

Sir Paul McCartney visits an ActionAid project in Brazil

Sir Paul McCartney took time out before hitting the stage in rocking Rio de Janeiro last week to meet with two young music students from the Mare community.

Comedian Mark Watson teaches Senegalese kids West Country slang

Mark witnessed the impact of child sponsorship first-hand on his recent visit to Senegal.

Abuse, long hours and low pay: the reality of Asda's showcase factories

Workers at Asda's 'showcase' clothing factories, which are supposed to offer improved pay and conditions, report being slapped, having their hair pulled and regularly working 60 hour weeks.

Poll shows public think supermarkets behave unacceptably

Over 90% of people think supermarkets treat farmers and suppliers "unacceptably"

Win two tickets to a special screening of Life, Above All

Life, Above All is the extraordinary story of one girl's struggle with HIV / AIDS stigmatisation in South Africa.

Sally Gunnell joins ActionAid for Great Ethiopian Run

One of Britain’s favourite Olympic champions, Sally Gunnell, is taking on the Great Ethiopian Run with anti-poverty charity ActionAid and is asking runners to get on their marks and join her on this 10K challenge.

David Cameron should keep his promises on aid

Liam Fox has asked David Cameron to break his aid promise. This is ActionAid's response.

Innovative anti-biofuels campaign targets government with bus adverts

ActionAid today launched an innovative anti biofuels campaign targeting Transport Secretary Philip Hammond by using adverts on buses which stop outside his office.

Fuelling evictions: ActionAid report reveals the real cost of the biofuels boom

Plans for a biofuels plantation in Kenya will violate the rights of an indigenous community of over 20,000 people.

Independent Commission for Aid Impact publishes three year work plan

The Independent Commission for Aid Impact has today published a work plan outlining its intended programme of activity for the next three years.

Millione sparkling wine raises over £100,000 for ActionAid

As the long sunny evenings draw out it’s the perfect time to add Millione, a lightly sparkling rose frizzante, to any summer barbeque or picnic. Millione is the wine that not only tastes and looks good, but does good too.

SABMiller to face tax audit in five African countries

Tax authorities in five African countries are to investigate giant brewer SABMiller following an ActionAid report which found that the multinational avoided millions of pounds of taxes in Africa every year.

April

Gallery: ActionAid marathon runners

On Sunday 17 April, twenty-four of ActionAid's intrepid runners pounded the streets of London to help raise £30,000 (so far!) to help end poverty.

66,000 refugees fleeing Ivory Coast conflict need help

The expanding humanitarian crisis caused by the fighting has created 120,000 refugees in Liberia, nearly half of whom are receiving little or no aid.

Report: UK and European biofuels policies are unethical

After an 18-month inquiry the Nuffield Council on Bioethics said that government biofuel targets in the UK and EU may do more harm than good

March

Budget changes to tax haven rules could cost poor countries 4 billion pounds

Corporate tax reforms to be announced in today’s Budget could cost developing countries up to £4bn, ActionAid warns. The Treasury is relaxing a piece of anti-tax haven abuse legislation which could make it easier for UK companies to avoid tax in poor countries.

New study reveals biofuels carbon con

African biofuels destined for Europe will result in up to six times the carbon emissions of fossil fuels, according to a new study commissioned by ActionAid, the RSPB and Nature Kenya.

ActionAid at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival

ActionAid will be presenting two films at this year's Human Rights Watch Film Festival

Afghanistan women's rights leaders meet Lynne Featherstone with ActionAid

Today, ActionAid celebrated the centenary of International Women's Day by inviting four extraordinary female politicians from Afghanistan to share their achievements and the daily challenges they face as Afghan MPs.

International Women's Day around the world

ActionAid women are organising events in over 20 countries, and amazing pictures are already flooding in. Have a look at what our activists, supporters and partners are doing to end violence against women.

New poll: 60% of young women victims of sexist behaviour

Nearly half of all women (47 per cent) in the UK do not believe they are treated equally to men

Afghanistan's only female governor comes to UK Parliament with ActionAid

Habiba Sarobi has faced numerous threats to her life. Now she's in the UK, raising support on the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day.

VIDEO: Emma Thompson in Liberia

Emma Thompson visited Liberia to discover how a country with Africa's first female elected head of state could also have such high levels of violence against women.

Government’s support is an endorsement that aid works

ActionAid today welcomed the government’s aid review, particularly the focus on improving the lives of women and girls as well as the emphasis on transparency and accountability in the way aid money is spent.

February

Celebrities mark International Women's Day anniversary

Joanna Lumley, Kathy Burke, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Beverley Knight, Annie Mac and Miranda Richardson get lippy for ActionAid.

ActionAid attempts to lift the veil of secrecy around tax havens

An investigation by ActionAid reveals that half of all FTSE 100 companies do not appear to fulfil their legal obligations to list all their subsidiaries.

EQUALS Live concert celebrate International Women's Day

To celebrate the centenary of International Women’s Day, EQUALS Live and Southbank Centre will bring together Annie Lennox, Kate Nash, Paloma Faith and V V Brown in a unique concert to celebrate the strength and unity of women across generations.

Is the government being bio-fooled?

The government wants to treble the amount of biofeuls sold in the UK, despite evidence that they cause harmful emissions and push poor people off their land.

January

Join the big inequality debate

Annie Lennox and the EQUALS partnership of charities invite you to join the big inequality debate and celebrate the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day on 8 March 2011

Sponsored children unaffected by earthquake, says ActionAid

ActionAid’s sponsored children and their families in southern Pakistan are reported safe after the region was hit by an earthquake last night.

Haiti one year on: what ActionAid has been doing

In the last twelve months, Haiti has been hit by a cholera outbreak, a hurricane, a tornado and one of the most devastating earthquakes in living memory. Your donations are helping people find their feet, but there is still a lot to be done.

Haiti reconstruction could cost $50 million more in aid

"Until the government frees up the land needed, we are forced to spend donations on replacing tents and other piecemeal measures"

MPs must learn from conflict in Liberia and Sierra Leone

Unless the violence ends, the peace, economic and human security of neighbouring countries could also be put at risk as they struggle to help those fleeing Ivory Coast.