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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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September

UK aid agencies call for an end to Myanmar violence

Action Against Hunger UK, ActionAid UK, Christian Aid, Save the Children UK and the International Rescue Committee UK issue a joint statement calling for an end to violence in Myanmar and immediate access for humanitarian aid.

Myanmar North Rakhine State conflict

ActionAid strongly condemns the attacks carried out on 25 August and the spiralling violence that has followed across Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State.

August

ActionAid preparing humanitarian response to mudslides in Sierra Leone

More than 300 people have been killed in mudslides and flooding near Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, following heavy rains.

July

ActionAid UK responds to report on tax havens

ActionAid UK’s Tax Policy Adviser responds to University of Amsterdam report finding that five countries, the UK, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Singapore and Ireland, together account for 47 percent of all global investment flows into tax havens

ActionAid UK responds to government report on transparency of UK Aid

Following a government report on transparency of UK Aid budget spend, ActionAid UK seeks re-opening of International Development Committee inquiry on aid budget management by non–DFID departments.

ActionAid welcomes new UK Government funding announced at the 2017 Family Planning Summit

ActionAid urges the Family Planning Summit to acknowledge the effect domestic violence has on reproductive rights.

New ActionAid research reveals how domestic violence impacts women’s reproductive rights

A new ActionAid report provides detailed evidence of the link between domestic violence and women and girls’ ability to control their bodies and fertility.

June

£90 million UK aid for East Africa: ActionAid response

The UK government is making a vital effort to provide desperately needed food to Somalia and Ethiopia and we support Priti Patel’s ongoing commitment to the region.

May

Trump Administration to withdraw USA from the Paris climate agreement - ActionAid response

Ssome of the world’s poorest people are set to suffer the consequences as the Trump administration plans to withdraw from Paris climate change agreement.

Expansion of global gag rule - ActionAid response

President Trump’s expansion of the global gag rule will have a chilling effect on women’s access to contraception and safe abortions in the world’s poorest countries. 

Eight in ten British adults believe the next UK Government should take action to stop UK companies avoiding tax

New ComRes poll of Great Britain reveals that eight in ten British adults support new measures to crackdown on tax havens and corporate tax avoidance.

International Development Committee letter on East Africa - ActionAid response

Hunger, conflict and disease has displaced millions of people across East Africa, with women and girls at particular risk. More action is needed to save lives before it is too late.

April

IDC call for more global investment in education - ActionAid response

Education is a vital tool in the fight against global poverty. Women and girls stand to benefit the most from improved school access.

Panama Papers one year on: much work still to be done

A year after Panama Papers the UK’s overseas territories remain a safe harbour for tax avoiders and evaders. Progress on tax haven transparency has stalled.

March

Lives at stake in Somalia - aid response to hunger crisis desperately short of cash

Somalia aid response critically underfunded.  World risks repeat of 2011 famine which killed 250,000 people.

Budget 2017: lost opportunity to tackle tax dodging

Budget 2017 was a lost opportunity to tackle tax dodging and ensure companies pay their fair share in developing countries as well as in the UK.

February

Horn of Africa drought threatens women and girls

Horn of Africa drought means women and girls in Somaliland and Kenya are facing devastating impacts, including sexual violence. 

UK govnt is right to respond to Africa and Yemen crises

ActionAid Head of Humanitarian Response Mike Noyes said: “The UK Government is making a vital contribution to tackling a string of disasters that is now affecting millions of people across Africa and the Middle East. But the need is huge and countless lives are at stake.

New poll: MPs back crackdown on UK overseas tax havens

As the leaders of the UK’s Overseas Territories gather in London today to meet Theresa May, a new poll has revealed that Britain’s politicians back a crackdown on tax havens and tax dodging. 

January

ActionAid backs petition to stop Trump’s state visit

Why international development charity ActionAid is backing petition to stop Donald Trump’s state visit

When Theresa May meets Donald Trump - women's rights must be on the table

Calling on Prime Minster Theresa May to bring critical women’s rights issues to the table when she meets Donald Trump.

 

An open letter to His Excellency President Barrow on his first day in office

Omar Badji, Executive Director of Action Aid Gambia, writes an open letter to Gambia’s new President.

ActionAid welcomes ICAI report on cash transfers

This welcome report from ICAI, the UK’s aid watchdog, has confirmed that UK aid delivered in the form of cash transfers is helping to lift millions of people out of poverty.