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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.

ActionAid UK trustees’ statement on trans inclusion

We recognise the specific discrimination that trans women and girls face. ActionAid UK also believes that both sex- and gender-based discrimination are deeply embedded in the patriarchal structures operating in the countries ActionAid works in.

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.

A DFID - Foreign Office merger would be disastrous

Statement from Farah Nazeer, Deputy Director of Advocacy at ActionAid UK. "Merging the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) into the Foreign Office would be disastrous for those struggling to survive poverty, climate change and disease – especially women and girls. We must not undo the UK’s place as a world leader on international development nor turn our back on those who need help most.”

Statement on CPS figures: "Rape decriminalised"

It is shocking that in 2019, rape prosecutions in the UK are at their lowest level for a decade. This is essentially a ‘decriminalisation’ of rape. 

ActionAid demands justice for Rohingya women and girls

ActionAid UK calls for justice for women and girls on the second anniversary of the Rohingya crisis,

ActionAid launches the Maze of Injustice

Famous women’s rights supporters unveil ActionAid’s ‘Maze of Injustice’ in Marble Arch
An interactive maze to illustrate the barriers to justice for women and girls who have experienced violence

Countries at risk of Ebola to receive extra UK aid

International Development Secretary Alok Sharma has announced a further £8 million in UK aid for countries at risk of Ebola

Marie Staunton CBE announced as new chair of trustees

ActionAid UK announces a new chair of trustees, Marie Staunton who has 30 years of experience and has received a CBE for her humanitarian work with women and girls.

Review shows UK 'must do more' to meet UN Global Goals

A Government review of Britain’s progress against the UN’s global development goals has found that the UK has made “significant strides” but that much remains to be done.

Make a feminist statement with a #MyBodyIsMine t-shirt

ActionAid UK are encouraging people to get their hands on their limited edition #MyBodyIsMine t-shirts, already worn by actors, influencers, activists and artists. 

International law to end harassment at work adopted

A historic international law to end sexual violence and harassment in the world of work has today been adopted by the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

Garment workers at risk of sexual harassment - poll

ActionAid UK is calling for an international law to protect women at work 

Open letter to MEP candidates from ActionAid UK

Ahead of the upcoming European Union parliamentary elections, ActionAid UK has written an open letter to all MEP candidates

MPs right to urge action on climate change - ActionAid

MPs on the International Development Committee have called on UK ministers to make major changes to the way it tackles climate change, and highlighted the disproportionate impact of climate change on women and girls.

Cyclone Fani evacuees need help - ActionAid eyewitness

"We must prioritise the most vulnerable – those with disabilities, older people, children, pregnant women and anyone with serious illness."

Rana Plaza anniversary: 1 in 5 survivors in poor health

Six years on from Bangladesh’s Rana Plaza tragedy, one in five survivors’ health is deteriorating.

UK women find reporting to police 'traumatic' - poll

A new poll released by ActionAid UK today reveals that out of a third of women in the UK who say they – or a woman they know – have reported male violence to the police, less than half (40%) describe the experience as positive.

ActionAid launch photographic campaign Women By Women

Through new campaign, ActionAid has committed to commissioning exclusively female photographers to tell the stories of women and girls living and working in the communities in the countries where they live.

UK aid figures show positive signs on transparency

New figures on how the UK is spending overseas development assistance have shown that the government is meeting its target to spend a certain amount of the national budget on ending poverty overseas, with the proportion of aid spending overseen by the Department for International Development increasing. 

ICAI review on CDC’s performance

ICAI review on CDC’s performance (26 Mar 2019 ) highlights the gap between committing to gender equality and poverty reduction and delivering it.

UK police failings show survivors "not taken seriously"

Police in the UK are "systematically failing" to protect women survivors of rape and other forms of violence, according to a new complaint by 11 frontline services.

Government pledges free sanitary products in schools

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond will today (13 March) announce a free sanitary product scheme across all secondary schools in England in a bid to combat period poverty.


Penny Mordaunt launches funding to end period poverty

Minister for Women and Equalities and Secretary of State for International Development, Penny Mordaunt, will today (4 March) announce a new UK government campaign to break the silence and end period poverty globally by 2030.

Today’s Westminster debate on the future of DFID

Ahead of today’s Westminster debate on the future of DFID ActionAid call on parliamentarians to

recognise the very real difference the department makes to the lives of women and girls now. 

At ActionAid we know first-hand that women and girls are at the sharp end of global poverty. One in three are likely to experience violence at the hands of an intimate partner or someone they know; they take on the bulk of unpaid care and domestic work – on average 2.5 times more than men; and are more likely to be in low-paid precarious jobs.

UK school lessons to cover FGM and forced marriage

The Department for Education (DfE) has unveiled fresh guidelines for sex and health education across England, with female genital mutilation, grooming, forced marriage and domestic abuse all set to be included as part of the new curriculum.

Conservative vision for break up of DfID worrying

Plans for a new Conservative vision for a post-Brexit 'Global Britain' says DfID could be folded into the Foreign Office and aid spending redefined. The proposals feature in a report called Global Britain: A Blueprint for the 21st century which outlines multi billion pound cuts in the UK foreign aid budget. Slashing our commitment to ending global poverty, and breaking up the Department for International Development in support of furthering the political and commercial interests of an increasingly ‘little’ Britain.  

Kath Abrahams announced as new trustee at ActionAid UK

Kath Abrahams will be joining board of trustees at ActionAid UK, international charity working with women and girls living in poverty. Kath is currently Director of Engagment and Fundraising at Diabetes UK  Vice Chair of The Institute of Fundraising.

Penny Mordaunt plans for UK aid must remain transparent

The Secretary of State for International Development, Penny Mordaunt, has told MPs that the government should focus on attracting private donations and reduce reliance on taxpayers’ money. 

New study by ActionAid highlights misogyny worldwide

A new study highlights the prevalence of misogyny in young people’s everyday lives, with three quarters having been exposed to negative or offensive attitudes towards women in the last six months and 65 per cent of girls having faced some form of sexual harassment in that time.

Domestic Abuse Bill step in right direction

The UK’s Domestic Abuse Bill is a step in the right direction; putting the spotlight on perpetrators, not survivors. However, more support is needed. 

MPs urge 'gender equality through post-Brexit trade'

“The International Trade Committee is right to emphasise women’s rights within post-Brexit trade arrangements - and right in calling for leadership from the Government on this."

UK pledges £50m to help end FGM

ActionAid welcomes the commitment to investing in grassroots organisations and women's rights activists across Africa

Rohingya forced repatriation must be halted

The Bangladeshi and Myanmar authorities are set to start returning Rohingya refugees to Myanmar on Thursday, despite evidence that refugees are afraid to return.

Misogynistic hate crime 'isn't trivial' — ActionAid UK

"Misogynistic hate crime isn’t trivial. Violence against women and girls starts with deep-rooted misogynistic attitudes."

NGOs reaffirm commitment to safeguarding

ActionAid and seven other leading development and humanitarian organisations have published a statement setting out the actions we are taking to embed the commitments made by donors and INGOs in London across all our work. 

Penny Mordaunt proposal mustn't 'dilute purpose' of aid

The Secretary of State for International Development, Penny Mordaunt, has proposed changes to the way that the UK government funds aid projects around the world. Her proposals, outlined in a speech this morning, include the potential use of for-profit investments by the private sector as part of aid programmes.

Indonesia earthquake and tsunami - ActionAid response

As rescuers search for survivors in Palu, with over 800 people dead and an estimated 1.6 million people affected, our team aims to support all affected areas.

UN probe shows Rohingya refugees need justice

"The Rohingya people can no longer survive on empty promises, we must seek justice for survivors."

Government responds to MPs on aid spending

"More clarity on aid spending across government departments is urgently needed."

UK misogyny review sends strong message - ActionAid

"This sends a message that sexual harassment will not be tolerated, and women will be listened to and supported by the legal system."

Response to Prime Minister’s speech in South Africa

ActionAid's Chief Executive Girish Menon responds to the Prime Minister’s speech today in South Africa.

IDC report on sexual abuse in aid sector - comment

ActionAid UK’s statement on the inquiry into sexual exploitation and abuse in the aid sector published today by MPs.

More than one in three UK women face period stigma

ActionAid UK’s campaign for World Menstrual Hygiene Day aims to tackle period stigma and empower more women and girls to say #MyBodyIsMine

Famous women and activists speak out on period poverty

"To solve the problem once and for all, we need to take a moment to consider the magnitude of the problem."

Gaza violence threatens fragile humanitarian situation

"The increased violence in Gaza threatens an already extremely fragile humanitarian situation."

UK backs transparency for overseas tax havens

“This a breakthrough for all of those – including ActionAid – who have for years called for global financial transparency."

MPs urge tax-havens reform – ActionAid comment

A cross-party group of senior MPs could tomorrow (1st May 2018) force the UK government to introduce tougher transparency measures for UK-linked tax havens.

ActionAid condemns "appalling, cowardly" Kabul attacks

ActionAid condemns this appalling attack on innocent people – including women and children.

Rohingya refugees need support ahead of rainy season

“The safety of the Rohingya refugees in the camps – particularly women and girls – is extremely fragile."

UK women’s trade initiative - comment

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has launched a £7 million fund to support female entrepreneurs across the Commonwealth. The scheme, named SheTrades, will help women in poorer countries "overcome barriers" to starting a business. 

UK trade post-Brexit must protect the poorest - comment

With a year to go until Brexit, we’ve heard a lot about how UK trade will bring prosperity to us and to others – including developing countries and the Commonwealth. But ministers need to get this right, otherwise we could do more harm than good. Comment from ActionAid UK. 

MPs warn of Rohingya monsoon threat - comment

The UK’s International Development Committee has warned that thousands of Rohingya refugees in camps in Bangladesh are under threat from coming monsoons: comment from ActionAid 

Joint Statement - Safeguarding Summit

UK international development sector's five commitments to improving the standards and delivery of safeguards.

Women say reporting sexual harassment is 'pointless'

ActionAid UK’s campaign for International Women’s Day aims to shine a spotlight on violence against women and girls and seek justice for survivors.

DfID Strategic Vision: ActionAid UK's statement

ActionAid UK's statement on DfID's Strategic Vision

Our joint commitment to safeguarding

As organisations whose core aim is to help the most vulnerable people in the world, we must always confront abusive behaviour and the misuse of power.

Rohingya refugee crisis 6 months on - ActionAid comment

"As we pass this grim milestone, there are serious questions over the fate of the Rohingya refugees."

Sexual harassment and safeguarding at ActionAid

An ActionAid spokesperson said: "Across the 45 countries ActionAid operates in globally, in the last five years there have been 20 incidents of sexual harassment reported and 2 of safeguarding. All of these were dealt with using the safeguarding and anti-sexual harassment processes in place and were concluded."

UK Money-Laundering Bill fails to address tax havens

MPs will tomorrow (20th February 2018) debate measures to address money laundering, amid concerns from NGOs that a current Government proposal fails to address a lack of transparency in UK-linked tax havens such as the British Virgin Islands. The UK Government has weakened its stance towards these tax havens since the Brexit referendum vote.

Statement on sexual misconduct reports in the sector

Responding to sexual misconduct reports in the sector, a spokesperson for ActionAid UK said: “The reported behaviour of staff working at leading NGOs uncovered by The Times this weekend is completely unacceptable. It goes against the true values and the standards that those working in the not-for-profit sector are committed to."

Boris Johnson visits Rohingya refugee camps - comment

"Boris Johnson’s visit to Cox’s Bazaar is a welcome signal of the UK’s commitment to responding to this crisis. The documented and widespread human rights violations against the Rohingya population that led them to flee Myanmar still remain a threat."

Attack on humanitarian workers at Save the Children

ActionAid condemns armed attack on Save the Children offices in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

Foreign Affairs Committee report on violence in Myanmar

Mike Noyes, Deputy Director of Humanitarian Policy and Practice at ActionAid UK, responds to the Foreign Affairs Committee’s (FAC) report on violence in Rakhine State and the UK’s response.

Girls fleeing emergencies outnumber London population

Statistics released by ActionAid today reveal 14 million girls around the world - equivalent to the population of greater London - could face a new year displaced from their homes. 

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.

Response prepared to Sierra Leone mudslides

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

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 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.

£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.

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 Brits support tax avoidance crackdown

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

ActionAid welcomes Parliamentary vote in support of Istanbul Convention

Implementing the Istanbul Convention would signal that efforts to tackle violence must be stepped up around the world.

ActionAid backs new law to tackle tax dodging

ActionAid is calling on the Government to help poor countries raise a fair share of tax by supporting this Bill to ensure UK tax treaties support efforts to tackle tax dodging and find sustanable routes out of poverty

UK Government must ratify Istanbul Convention on VAWG

ActionAid calls on the UK Government support Eilidh Whiteford MP’s Bill and commit to implementing the ground-breaking Istanbul Convention in the UK. 

Luxleaks trial is an indictment of tax secrecy

Secretive tax laws, sweetheart deals and tax havens make it possible for big companies to dodge tax on a massive scale. The world should not be reliant on whistleblowers to reveal corporate tax dodging.

Scottish political leaders call for an end to VAWG

Scottish political leaders Nicola Sturgeon, Kezia Dugdale, Ruth Davidson, Willie Rennie and Patrick Harvie have united to support ActionAid’s Fearless campaign and demand an end to violence against women around the world.

ActionAid welcomes new funding to tackle VAWG

ActionAid welcomes this recognition of the role of grassroots organisations at the frontline of the fight against violence. This is an important step forward and we hope that the Government will continue to build on this commitment in the future.

Nearly three in four women were harassed in past month

New ActionAid research highlights a global epidemic of harassment and violence against women.

ActionAid statement on proposals to cut the UK rate of corporation tax

Cuts to corporation tax will fuel a global race to the bottom and undermine efforts to ensure companies pay their fair share of tax in the world's poorest countries

ActionAid welcomes UK ratification of Paris Agreement on climate change

ActionAid welcomes UK ratification of Paris Agreement on climate change

Ecofin conclusions on EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions

ActionAid's Head of Advocacy comments on the EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions. 

ActionAid statement on the Civil Society Partnership Review

ActionAid welcomes steps to give greater support to the people working to tackle poverty in their own communities

New EU tax reforms package - right problem, wrong tools

EU tax reform proposals simply don’t go far enough. Loopholes, tax havens and the race to the bottom on corporate tax rates are hurting people in the world’s poorest countries as well as in Europe. Europe should require big companies to publish how much tax they pay in every country where they do business.

ActionAid welcomes Priti Patel's Afghanistan aid commitment

Many women and their families face violence and fear in Afghanistan and on the journey to Europe.  ActionAid welcomes Priti Patel's commitment to helping some of the world's poorest women and children through support support for health, education and the clearing of deadly landmines. 

UK aid approach to tackling tax avoidance is incoherent and ineffective

"This report confirms that UK aid’s approach to tackling tax avoidance is incoherent, ineffective and is in danger of failing to deliver for the world’s poorest people. Women and children living in poverty suffer when schools and hospitals are starved of funding by corporate tax avoidance, estimated to cost developing countries a staggering US$200 billion a year.

Bahamas tax haven leak shows global tax system is broken

Massive Bahamas tax haven leak yet again demonstrates that the international tax system is broken.

ActionAid statement on major fire in Moria refugee camp

ActionAid resopnds to reports of a major fire in Moria camp, Lesvos.

ActionAid responds to Prime Minister’s migration speech

Prime Minister Theresa May is due to address a special UN Summit on the refugee crisis. ActionAid responds to reports of her speech. 

Theresa May’s pledge at G20 to tackle tax avoidance

We are encouraged by the Prime Minister's commitment to tackle tax avoidance and create a fairer economy. Now we need concrete action.

Our statement on the anniversary of Alan Kurdi's death

Friday 2nd September marks the one year anniversary of the tragic death of Syrian boy Alan Kurdi. ActionAid’s Head of Humanitarian Response, Mike Noyes, comments on the anniversary.

Apple asked to pay up to 13 billion for tax avoidance

Apple asked to pay up to 13 billion for tax avoidance

Government must examine role of UK tax advisers abroad

ActionAid welcomes this early move from the Prime Minister to show she is taking the issue of corporate tax avoidance seriously but the role of UK tax advisers in tax avoidance schemes in poor countries must also be examined. 

Campaigners including Annie Lennox, Emma Thompson and Keira Knightley urge UK government to support women’s rights globally

ActionAid alongside 39 public figures, aid agencies and women's rights’ organisations, call on Priti Patel to show "strong leadership" and lead the fight for gender equality.

Migration report: UK not pulling its weight for refugees

A Home Affairs report reveals the huge scale of Europe’s failure on the refugee crisis. The UK is shamefully failing to pull its weight and is not even on track to meet its commitment to take 20,000 Syrian refugees. 

International Development Committee report on Nigeria

One in three Nigerian women aged 25-29 have been subject to violence. UK Government support for women and girls in Nigeria is welcome, but efforts to tackle violence against women and girls are weak and support services for survivors need to be stepped up.

Priti Patel MP appointed as Secretary of State for International Development

ActionAid Chief Executive, Girish Menon, welcomes the appointment of Priti Patel MP as Secretary of State for International Development

UK fuelling race to the bottom on corporation tax

Healthcare, schools and other key public services are left starved of resources as they are deprived of tax revenues.

World Refugee Day: latest migration and refugee figures

ActionAid responds to latest UNHCR data on World Refugee Day. 

UK aid transforms lives of the world's poorest people

The generosity and commitment of Britain is transforming the lives of some of the poorest people in the world. ActionAid uses UK aid to to support girls living in poverty to go to school, respond to humanitarian crises like the Nepal earthquakes and support women in Africa to claim their human rights and learn new skills. 

ActionAid responds to latest UK female genital mutilation statistics

On Tuesday 7th June 2016 the Health and Social Care Information Centre released new data on female genital mutilation (FGM)  in England.

ActionAid launches urgent refugee response in Athens

ActionAid has launched an urgent refugee response programme in Athens in response to the escalating crisis in the Greek capital. 

World Humanitarian Summit: global settlement on refugees

ActionAid is calling on world leaders to seek a new global settlement on refugees and migration at the World Humanitarian Summit.

​Three in four women experience harassment and violence in UK and global cities

New ActionAid research highlights global epidemic of violence against women in cities.

Anti-Corruption Summit: David Cameron's big opportunity

David Cameron has a unique opportunity at the Anti-Corruption Summit to tackle the UK’s role in enabling corruption and tax dodging.

Panama Papers: database is unprecedented step forward

The release of the Panama Papers data is an unprecedented step forward for the public, journalists and campaigners

ActionAid responds to UK refugee children announcement

The UK government has announced that unaccompanied asylum-seeking children will be resettled in the UK from Greece, Italy and France.

No new homes built by Nepal government one year after earthquake disaster

Nepal Government fails to fund a single new home for hundreds of thousands of people affected by last years earthquake disaster 

ActionAid responds to reports of new migrant boat deaths

Reports suggest a boat capsizing in the meditteranean has left 400 people dead. ActionAid responds. 

Chibok girls still in captivity two years later

On the two year anniversary of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapping, a video showing a group of Nigerian girls has just been released.


EU company tax reporting proposal is missed opportunity

The European Commission proposal for international company tax reporting will fail to tackle corporate tax avoidance in the world's poorest places.

Tax proposals won't curb massive corporate tax avoidance

The Prime Ministers proposals to tackle UK-linked tax havens  will not curb massive corporate tax avoidance connected to UK-linked tax havens

EU must take tougher action on tax havens

It's time for the UK to take tougher action on tax havens and corporate tax avoidance.

The EU-Turkey refugee deal is unjust and inhumane

The human rights of people fleeing war and persecution have been shamefully traded away at the political negotiating table.

Panama papers show international tax system is broken

The Panama papers, the latest in a string of tax revelations, yet again demonstrates that the international tax system is broken. 

Open Letter to global leaders ahead of the UNHCR meeting on Syrian refugees

ActionAid has joined with other charities to call on global leaders to pledge to achieve the UNHCR target of resettlement and alternative pathways for at least 10 percent of Syria’s nearly five million refugees.

International Development Committee report on aid spending

ActionAid welcomes this cross-party report and its reiteration of the principle that poverty reduction must be the primary driver of the UK’s aid strategy.

Protect people, not borders - warns ActionAid ahead of EU-Turkey deal

Mike Noyes, Head of Humanitarian Response at ActionAid UK calls on EU leaders to remember the people at the heart of this crisis.

Syria five years on – Europe’s shameful failure to act

On the fifth anniversary of the conflict in Syria, ActionAid's Head of Humanitarian Response, Mike Noyes, calls for the UK government to show leadership and commit to resettling a greater number of refugees. 

TTIP-style deals threaten jobs and pay in poorer countries

One in three young people in the world is either unemployed or working yet living in poverty. TTIP-style trade deals could push more people in poor countries into low pay, low skill jobs, according to a new report from ActionAid.

Domestic violence kills five women every hour

ActionAid's latest report Fearless Women and Girls - leading the way, transforming lives sets out the critical role women’s rights groups play in tackling violence.

UK tops global table for restrictive tax treaties

The UK has topped a global league table ranking countries by the number of tax treaties they have that severely limit poor countries’ ability to collect taxes from multinational companies.

OECD plans to open up its tax reform process to developing countries

Inviting developing countries to implement rules they didn't write misses the point

Government announces new global approach on LGBT rights

ActionAid responds to DFID's new approach on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGB&T) rights. 

British public say FGM is a top women’s rights concern

On International Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation Day (6th Feb) research reveals public concern for FGM is on the rise.

UK pledges to double aid to Syria: ActionAid response

ActionAid responds to the latest UK government commitment to double aid funding to Syrian refugees.

60-year-old UK tax deal with Malawi needs urgent reform

ActionAid has launched a campaign calling for reform of the 1955 UK-Malawi tax treaty. The UK’s treaty, signed during the colonial era, makes it possible for UK companies operating there to pay little or no corporation tax.

ActionAid responds to latest EU proposals to resettle more refugees in Europe

The EU have announced new proposals to review the Dublin Agreement, where refugees must claim asylum in the first country they arrive in, and will require EU countries like the UK to resettle a greater number of refugees. 

High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment announced

UN Announces First-Ever High-Level Panel On Women's Economic Empowerment

Nigeria loses $3.3b in tax revenue to oil companies

Nigeria, which has some of the highest child and maternal mortality rates in the world, lost US$3.3billion of tax revenue to oil giants Shell, Total and ENI.

Liberia declared Ebola-free – ActionAid responds

The World Health Organisation has declared Liberia Ebola-free, marking the official end of the two year outbreak that devastated West Africa. 

International Migrants Day: Europe must act urgently

ActionAid calls for urgent action on International Migrants Day

ActionAid goat Christmas album goes viral

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

Baroness Verma for Champion for Tackling VAWG Overseas

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

ActionAid welcomes Scottish pledge on climate justice

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

ActionAid responds to statement on funding at COP21

ActionAid responds to the G77 and China joint statement on funding at COP21.

British public concerns grow over climate change

ActionAid's latest research shows growing concerns over climate change. 

Majority of public back new laws to tackle tax havens

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.



Over 500,000 refugees arrived in Greece this year, UN says

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

Nurse Pauline Cafferkey is back in isolation with 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 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.


Heavy South Asia monsoon rains create widespread floods

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

ActionAid welcomes target to end VAWG within UN SDGs

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.

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: more 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.