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ActionAid and Latitude Festival announce comedy gig

Stand Up with Women: Latitude Festival and ActionAid announce comedy gig to beat January blues in support of women and girls leading change.

Aid cuts will be felt hugely by world's poorest 

Commenting in response to news that the Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced he will intentionally cut around £4 billion from the UK aid budget next year as part of the Spending Review, ActionAid UK's CEO Girish Menon said: 

Concern over reports government could slash aid

Girish Menon, CEO at ActionAid UK responds to reports that the Government could cut the aid budget from 0.7% of gross national income to 0.5% in 2021. 

Typhoon Vamco slams areas already hit by Typhoon Goni

Just a week and a half after deadly super storm Goni hit the Philippines, Typhoon Vamco is tearing through the same communities causing further destruction of homes and livelihoods.  

One Nation report welcome but poverty is priority 

ActionAid responds to the Global Britain and Development report by the One Nation Caucus of Conservative MPs. 

BFI hosts panel on new horror film with ActionAid 

British director Remi Weekes, BAFTA award winning actor Wunmi Mosaku and Country Director for international charity ActionAid in Bangladesh Farah Kabir discuss Remi’s haunting debut film ‘His House’ 

Indigenous, rural women lead Typhoon Goni response

ActionAid’s partners in the Philippines are supporting local communities after Super Typhoon Goni hit Bicol and Mindoro island causing flooding and landslides. 

US Election – ActionAid statement

Lila Caballero, Head of Research and Programme Policy, at ActionAid UK, responds to the 2020 US elections as results are still waiting to be declared. 

Typhoon Molave hits Vietnam after a month of flooding

ActionAid says there is an urgent need for more funding and support to provide emergency food, water and shelter for the most vulnerable after Typhoon Molave hit Vietnam.

#EndSARS: Justice for all victims of violence

Nigeria's president must commit to justice for all the victims injured and all the families who have lost loved ones as a result of the #EndPoliceBrutality protests, Ene Obi, Country Director of ActionAid Nigeria says.

ActionAid Nigeria calls for peace

Ene Obi, Country Director of ActionAid Nigeria comments on Nigeria's End SARS protests.

ActionAid UK CEO Girish Menon moves to STiR Education

After over five years as Chief Executive at the international charity ActionAid UK, Girish Menon is leaving to join STIR Education. Girish will remain in post at ActionAid until the end of the year and an interim CEO will be recruited ahead of his successor being appointed. 

ActionAid UK's statement on the formation of the FCDO

Commenting on the formation of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), Farah Nazeer, Deputy Director of Advocacy at ActionAid UK, says:  

ActionAid launches Beirut Blast response plan

ActionAid's partners in Beirut have set up emergency food services and safe shelters to house and protect women and girls, who are worst affected by the Beirut blast.

ActionAid responds to the devastating blast in Beirut

ActionAid’s emergency teams are supporting communities in Beirut after an explosion hit the city and killed 100 people and injured thousands. 

A message of support from HRH The Prince of Wales

We’re really grateful to our Patron, His Royal Highness Prince Charles, for this message of thanks to our supporters during the coronavirus pandemic.

Srabani Sen OBE, new Chair of Trustees for ActionAid UK

Srabani Sen OBE has been announced as the new Chair of Trustees at ActionAid UK, an international charity working with women and girls living in poverty. She will take up her position in September 2020.

ActionAid joins coalition led by Unilever and DFID

Covid-19: ActionAid joins Hygiene and Behaviour Change Coalition led by Unilever and DFID to provide women and girls in Kenya and Nepal with soap and water.

Covid-19: ActionAid's report on surge in violence

“Don’t cut women’s lifelines” warns charity as new report shows huge spike in femicide and sexual and domestic violence during pandemic worldwide.

As DFID is dismantled, ActionAid says Covid-19 is devastating progress made with women’s rights.

ActionAid's response to DFID/FCO merger

The announcement today to merge the Department for International Development with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office will sabotage the UK’s ability to respond effectively to the biggest crisis we have faced in a century, at home and abroad. DFID’s hard-won reputation as a world leader in global development is based on long-standing expertise that is critical to tackling the Covid-19 crisis, as well as uplifting the rights of women and girls around the world.

ActionAid UK supports GADN’s anti-racism statement

ActionAid UK is endorsing the Gender and Development Network’s (GADN) statement of solidarity on anti-racism. ActionAid UK is a member of the network which works to promote gender equality and women’s rights in international development, and we strongly believe in aligning with and amplifying the voices of allies like GADN in the struggle against inequality, injustice and poverty.

ActionAid's response: Report on UK aid effectiveness

Farah Nazeer, Deputy Director of Advocacy at ActionAid UK, responds to the International Development Committee’s interim report on the effectiveness of UK aid.

ActionAid provides support to Cyclone Amphan survivors

ActionAid’s emergency teams are supporting communities as they face the devastation caused by Cyclone Amphan, amid the rising threat of Covid-19.

Covid-19 “could spread like wildfire” in Cox’s Bazar

Farah Kabir, Country Director at ActionAid Bangladesh, is available for video interviews about the risk to Cox’s Bazar Rohingya refugee camp following two confirmed cases of Covid-19.

Myanmar’s garment workers at risk of domestic violence

As the UN finds that nearly half the world’s workers are at risk of losing their jobs due to the Covid-19 pandemic, ActionAid is warning of the dire situation facing garment workers in Myanmar.

Covid-19: ActionAid warns about impact of famine

As the World Food Programme reports the number suffering hunger could increase from 135 million to 250 million, ActionAid raises concern over communities already suffering food crises.

A letter of support from HRH Prince Charles

We're really grateful to our patron, His Royal Highness Prince Charles, for this letter of support for ActionAid and our work during the Covid-19 pandemic.

ActionAid responds to the decision to delay COP26

As the Covid-19 crisis continues to escalate globally, the United Nations has announced that the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) will be delayed. Dr Amiera Sawas, Senior Climate and Gender Justice Advisor at ActionAid UK comments on this decision. 

ActionAid comments on Covid-19 and domestic violence

Lee Margaret Webster, Deputy Director of International Development Policy and Practice at ActionAid UK commenting on the increased risk of domestic violence due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Where one in three women worldwide will experience violence in their lifetime, most likely at the hands of a male partner or close family member. During an epidemic women can face an even higher risk of domestic violence.  

ActionAid's response to Covid-19

ActionAid UK is preparing for how this Covid-19 outbreak will affect our life-changing work with women and girls living in poverty. Over the next few months, we will be working to ensure we can support those who will be most vulnerable to this virus and can continue changing the world with women and girls. 

ActionAid welcomes DFID's new Secretary of State

A comment from Mike Noyes, Deputy Director for Humanitarian at ActionAid UK, on the government’s decision to appoint Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP as the Secretary of State for the Department for International Development.

ActionAid welcomes the launch of the UN climate summit

Harjeet Singh, ActionAid’s climate lead, calls for global civil society to be directly involved in the UN Climate Summit (COP26) to ensure that the experiences and expertise of those on the frontline of the climate crisis are heard.

ActionAid’s response to African Investment Summit

Rachel Noble, Senior Policy Specialist on Women's Economic Rights at ActionAid UK comments on the African Investment Summit, where African women's rights organisations were not invited to the summit. 

We must learn from Hague and Jolie’s scheme

Farah Nazeer, Deputy Director of Advocacy at ActionAid UK responds to a report from the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) into the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative. 

Response to reports that DFID remains independent

Farah Nazeer, Deputy Director of Advocacy at ActionAid UK, responds to the report that the Department for International Development will not be merged into the Foreign Office as part of Whitehall reforms. DFID is vital for those those struggling to survive climate change, poverty and disease – especially women and girls. There is public support for the aid the UK delivers through DFID – over 45,000 people have signed petitions calling on the Prime Minister Boris Johnson not to merge the department with the Foreign Office.