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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 album of goats singing classic Christmas tunes goes viral. (We’re not kid-ding!)

"All I want for Christmas is a goat" - ActionAid backs viral Christmas album sung entirely by goats.

Baroness Verma appointed as Champion for Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Overseas.

ActionAid welcomes the appointment of Baroness Verma as Ministerial Champion for Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Overseas.

ActionAid welcomes Scottish financial pledge for global climate change 'justice'

ActionAid responds to the Scottish government's financial pledge at the UN global climate change summit in Paris.


Huge majority of public back new laws to clamp down on tax havens - ActionAid / Oxfam poll

Huge majority of public back new laws to clamp down on tax havens - ActionAid / Oxfam poll

EU-Africa refugees summit: More lives will be lost unless urgent action is taken

Ahead of the EU-Africa summit, ActionAid calls on the UK government to commit to resettling a greater number of refugees in the UK. 

ActionAid welcomes the announcement that Sierra Leone is now Ebola-free

ActionAid welcomes the positive news that, a year and a half after the first outbreak, Sierra Leone has finally been declared Ebola-free. 

UK must step up its ambition to support Syrian refugees

ActionAid statement in response to the urgent question in parliament on the refugee crisis.


Response to Afghanistan earthquake

ActionAid is assessing the situation and impact of the earthquake, which comes exactly six months after the quakes which devastated Nepal.



United Nations announces number of refugees arriving in Greece this year passes 500,000 mark

As the number of refugees arriving in Greece this year passes 500,000, ActionAid calls on European governments to do more to tackle the worsening crisis.

Call for urgent investigation into bombing of MSF hospital

24 major aid agencies make unprecedented demand for investigation into bombing of MSF hospital in Afghanistan

ActionAid reacts to the news that Scottish nurse Pauline Cafferkey is back in isolation after contracting Ebola

18 months after the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, survivors are still facing medical complications. Rebuilding public services and livelihoods will take a long time.

New global plan to tackle tax avoidance has ignored the world’s poorest countries

The OECD's plan to tackle global tax avoidance ignores the problems faced by the world’s poorest countries in collecting their fair share of tax from corporations.

World Bank announcement that extreme poverty is likely to fall is no reason to be complacent

ActionAid welcomes news that extreme poverty is likely to fall but warns that we must share the benefits of growth more fairly.


UK plan to resettle 20,000 Syrians is too slow

David Cameron's announcement that the UK will resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees over 5 years is too slow, ActionAid warns.



Record monsoon rains produce devastating floods across South Asia – ActionAid warns worse is to come

Tens of thousands homeless in Bangladesh, India and Myanmar without access to clean water and food.

ActionAid welcomes new target to end violence against women within UN Sustainable Development Goals

Women's rights targets in the text but implementation is the challenge.


Nepal earthquake three months on: rebuilding now an urgent necessity

Relief efforts should concentrate on providing homes and helping farmers with a liveable income.


Women’s rights activists increasingly under threat

An ActionAid report and poll finds that officials are ignoring laws to end violence against women, curtailing funding to women's rights organisations and failing to protect female activists

ActionAid UK selects new CEO

Girish Menon appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of ActionAid UK.

Response to criticism of ActionAid Uganda's genetically modified foods campaign

ActionAid Uganda has stopped working on any health-related genetically modified foods campaigns.


Nepal earthquake: ActionAid warning more dead and injured following this morning’s massive aftershock

Nepal's enormous earthquake and aftershocks have killed thousands and ledt many more injured.


ActionAid responds to press concerns around our position on GMOs in Uganda

ActionAid is not for or against GMOs but supports a precautionary approach. We do not run any global campaigns on GM technology.


Interview availability notice: more international assistance needed to tackle Boko Haram

ActionAid has Nigeria based experts available for media interviews on Boko Haram, as the terrorist group attack the north-eastern city of Maiduguri.

Gender inequality costs women in poor countries $9 trillion, ActionAid says

Women in the developing world lose out by trillions of dollars becuase of gender inequality in the job market.

Boko Haram's campaign of abuse expands across Nigeria's borders

ActionAid’s Country Director in Nigeria, Hussaini Abdu is available for interviews on what we must do to stop Boko Haram terrorising and killing innocent people.

Deep snow and severe storms hit Middle East – tens of thousands at risk

Women and children worst affected. Refugees and those homeless in Gaza unprepared.