ActionAid Ireland is a development organisation, established in 1983, to support poor and vulnerable people in their fight for a better life. We are part of ActionAid International, one of the world's most respected development organisations, which works with over 19 million people in more than 40 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Together with more than 2,000 civil society partners worldwide, we work with and support the poorest and most vulnerable people to fight for and gain their rights to food, shelter, work, basic healthcare and a voice in the decisions that affect their lives. Among them are widows, orphans, the homeless and disabled, people with HIV & AIDS, tribal peoples and religious minorities.
We also champion poor people’s rights through international campaigns on food rights, HIV & AIDS and education. ActionAid’s work to fight poverty and provide lasting solution to the root causes of poverty reached over 20 million people in Africa, Asia and the Americas.
ActionAid Ireland supports development work in six countries across Africa and Asia - Kenya, Uganda, Malawi and Nepal, Vietnam and Cambodia. we also support emergency appeals work in Haiti, East Africa and Pakistan.
ActionAid International works in more than 40 countries including Latin America and the Caribbean. The international secretariat is based in South Africa, and operations are organised on a regional basis; managed from Kenya, Thailand and Brazil. Within each region there are a number of countries with an ActionAid office that manages our work there. Some of these also manage ActionAid programmes in bordering countries.
Who we are accountable to
We hold ourselves and the quality of our work accountable to the vulnerable and marginalised people we work to support and indeed to all of our partners: Our donors and supporters, the board of trustees, financial auditors, staff and partners. Accountability to vulnerable people, especially women and children – is central to our work.
Accountability also to our donors and how we spend their money is something we take very seriously. When appealing for funds we make every effort to be very clear about the purpose for which it is being raised. Through our rigorous monitoring and auditing systems we keep track that money is being spent effectively and efficiently and for the purpose intended.
What makes us different
We don’t impose solutions, but work with communities over many years to strengthen their own efforts to throw off poverty. We constantly seek new solutions and ask ourselves how we can make the greatest impact with our resources. We make the most of our skills and abilities by working at local, national, regional and international levels. We see poverty as an injustice and poor people as partners in tackling the causes of poverty.
Other things that make us different from other development organisations are our
- Long-term grassroots development approach
- Innovative ways of working on basic education and HIV & AIDS
- Rights-based approach to emergencies
- Peace building and reconciliation work in Africa
- Working partnerships with local organisations in developing countries
- International leadership from developing countries
- Independence from government funding
- Committed, long-term supporter base
- Lack of religious or political affiliations.
Where our funds come from
Please read a full version of our audited accounts here. Our funds come from a variety of sources, including:
- child sponsorship
- appeals, fundraising, and other forms of regular giving
- legacy donations
- Irish government - we are grateful to Irish Aid for the support we receive. To see the details of the funding of our work since 2008 click here.
- companies, trusts and NGOs
Are we a political organisation?
ActionAid has no political or religious affiliations, but we are not afraid to challenge injustice. We work with poor and marginalised people to influence and lobby governments and international institutions like the World Bank, to tackle the causes of poverty, and raise public awareness about the causes of poverty.
We believe that governments are responsible for building the legislative, political and administrative frameworks needed to promote and fulfil people’s basic rights so we encourage poor people to hold their national and local governments to account.
We also work with governments, locally and nationally, to help them build their knowledge and skills so that they can fight poverty effectively in their own countries and international arenas.