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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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ActionAid strongly condemns shocking terrorist attack on innocent children in Pakistan

126 people have been killed in a Taliban assault on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan.

Millions affected as Typhoon Hagupit sweeps across Philippines

Typhoon Hagupit is currently sweeping across the Philippines. Nearly 19 million people are expected to be affected, their homes and crops damaged.

Celebrities share their seasonal secrets to show support for world’s poorest children at Christmas

Celebrities show their support for campaign to give a future to children living in poverty.

Typhoon Ruby expected to hit the Philippines

ActionAid is preparing communities in the Philippines to evacuate for Typhoon Ruby. Our aid workers are available for media interviews on their concerns and what is happening on the ground.



85% of British adults say tax avoidance by large companies is morally wrong

Survey says the majority of British adults say even legal tax avoidance is morally wrong.

Give poorest children across the world a future this #GivingTuesday urges anti-poverty charity ActionAid

We join #GivingTuesday the initiative that was started in the US in 2012 and has become a global phenomenon

Most women in Afghanistan have no confidence in the judicial system or police, according to new poll data

New poll data shows how little confidence women in Afghanistan have in the judicial system and police.


DEC to launch unprecedented Ebola Crisis Appeal

The Disasters Emergency Committee announces an Ebola Crisis Appeal.

Emma Thompson “heartbroken” over Ebola crisis in Liberia

Actress and ActionAid ambassador Emma Thompson “heartbroken” over the Ebola crisis in Liberia.

ActionAid sends out Ebola myth-busting packs to 24,000 teachers across the UK

We respond to demands for information about Ebola from UK school teachers with our latest teaching resource.

Ebola outbreak: ActionAid warns of food crisis on top of Ebola crisis in West Africa

ActionAid warns people are going hungry because of an Ebola-created economic crisis in West Africa.

The UK must not abandon the women of Afghanistan as troops withdraw

As David Cameron visits Afghanistan, ActionAid urges the government to stand shoulder to shoulder with Afghan women.


Climate Summit offers David Cameron a chance to renew his green credentials

We comment on David Cameron's Speech at the New York climate summit - those who marched in the climate demonstrations will expect a binding global agreement.

Global plans to crack down on tax avoidance leave the world’s poorest countries out in the cold – ActionAid new report

OECD’s proposals for tackling tax avoidance fail to deliver for developing countries.

Campaign to get 0.7 per cent aid commitment enshrined by law clears major hurdle

MPs vote to make 0.7 per cent aid target legally binding on future governments.


As Syria refugee numbers reach three million, destabilization of neighbouring countries even more likely

Jordan and Lebanon at risk, warn ActionAid personnel in the Middle East.

ActionAid welcomes Labour's first shadow minister to tackle violence against women

Labour appoints first shadow minister to tackle violence against women and girls.

UK aid agencies help hundreds of thousands in Gaza

Latest update from the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) on the humanitarian relief effort in Gaza.

DEC announces Gaza Crisis Appeal

The Disasters Emergency Committee will launch an appeal on Friday 8 August for people affected by the conflict in Gaza.


Tackle Ebola at source to contain it, says ActionAid

We must tackle the fear at the heart of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa

100 days since Nigerian schoolgirls abducted: government must keep schools open, ActionAid says

100 days on from the abduction of the Nigerian schoolgirls, ActionAid calls on the Nigerian government to do everything in its power to rescue the girls as well as end criticisism of the Bring Back Our Girls coalition.

Gaza crisis: ActionAid joins humanitarian agencies in calling for ceasefire and sustained solution towards peace

Gaza crisis: ActionAid joins 33 other humanitarian agencies in calling for a ceasefire and sustained solution towards peace.

Don’t criminalise Ebola-affected people – help them, says ActionAid

Ebola tightens its grip on West Africa and we call for more public education.


New IMF policy paper: 'spillovers' in international corporate taxation - ActionAid responds

A new International Monetary Fund (IMF) paper explores the nature, significance and policy implications of 'spillovers' in international corporate taxation — the effects of one country’s tax rules and practices on others. And we offer analysis.

Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict: closing comment

As the End Sexual Violence in Conflict summit draws to a close, governments must ensure that the difference is felt in real practical steps and actions.

Bring back Nigeria girls and keep their schools open too

Politicans attending the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict discuss the plight of Nigeria's abducted schoolgirls.

World Cup protests and child sex trade concerns - interview opportunities

We talk about the issues behind the World Cup 2014.

Interview Opportunity Notice - Global Summit to End Sexual Violence

ActionAid global spokeswomen working with survivors of violence across Africa and in Afghanistan.


VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Jake Bugg visits Brazilian slums ahead of the summer World Cup

Award winning singer-songwriter, Jake Bugg sees ActionAid's work with young Brazillians for himself.

Welfare of abducted schoolgirls, not election politics must be Nigerian government’s top priority

The Nigerian government must do more to find missing school girls, says ActionAid Nigeria Director, Dr Hassaini Abdu


ActionAid condemns abduction of school girls in North-East Nigeria

ActionAid condemns the abduction of more than 200 girls from a school in Nigeria.

Barclays AGM - ActionAid response

ActionAid's statement following Barclays AGM in London.

Barclays boss told “Don’t be a banker for tax-dodgers” as campaigners descend on contentious Annual General Meeting

Barclays bosses plan to pay themselves millions in bonuses whilst helping businesses set up in tax havens, ActionAid claimed today.


Military police take control of one of Rio de Janeiro’s most dangerous slums, Complexo da Mare where ActionAid works

Military police launch an armed operation to take control of the Complexo da Mare favela in Rio from local drug gangs.

Disasters Emergency Committee aid agencies help 300,000 people hit by Syrian war

One year after its launch the DEC Syria Crisis Appeal has funded help to over 300,000 people. 


Syria Peace Talks: ActionAid available for interviews

ActionAid is available for interviews from Jordan and London on the humanitarian impact of the Syria peace talks from Wednesday 22 January.

Cyclone Phailin aid consortium ensures long term support to 180,000 people on India’s eastern coastline

A consortium of aid agencies has received a two million euro grant for Cyclone Phailin recovery projects from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department, ECHO.