Charity information


ActionAid is a leading international charity. We support women and children in extreme poverty. We fight for their rights and for lasting change.

Founded 1972

  • Mission statement

    ActionAid is a leading international charity working in over 45 countries. We work with the poorest women and children in the world, changing their lives for good. Our local staff provide immediate, hands-on support to women and children living on the margins of survival. Together we demand action at local, national and international level. We don't walk away until we've achieved lasting change.

    Women’s rights and gender equality offer the key to poverty reduction and achieving them is a central focus of our strategy. We will bring greater focus and depth while continuing to work on the areas of education, food and HIV and AIDS. To these we have added new priorities, developing our policy and programme work on human security in situations of violent conflict and emergencies, and on democracy and governance.

    Our current strategy ‘Rights to end poverty’ provides clear direction for organising and governing the growing ActionAid family and its relationships with the outside world. It sets out how we will make ourselves more accountable, both to the poor and excluded people with whom we work and to our supporters and funders.

  • Aims

    ActionAid aims to:

    • Change Lives. For Good.
  • Overview

    Established: June 1972

    Registered Charity Number: 274467

    Phone number: 020 3122 0930

    Address: 33-39 Bowling Green Lane London EC1R 0BJ

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