About ActionAid Ireland

ActionAid works with women and children, as they take the lead in claiming their human rights to build a more just world.

ActionAid works with women and children who are excludedand live in poverty, as they take the lead in claiming their human rights, and changing the systems in society so that they can live safe lives and access food, education and healthcare.

The women in these communities are empowered to take the lead – they decide their priorities, and we support them as they engage with the rest of their community and the wider power structures in society, to bring about change for the better that benefits the whole community.

We also work together to hold our governments and international institutions to account, campaigning side by side to achieve meaningful long-term change to create a more just world.

A Rohingya woman washing hands at a hand wash station that ActionAid
provided in Cox’s Bazar Rohingya Refugee Camp, Bangladesh. Photo: Fabeha Monir/ActionAid

Our Work

We work with communities, people’s organisations, women’s movements, groups and networks, social movements and other allies to overcome the structural causes and consequences of poverty and injustice.

Empowering women living in poverty and exclusion is crucial to achieving social justice, gender inequality, and poverty eradication.

We connect the work we do at community level with broader efforts and struggles for justice at every level to make the greatest contribution towards a just, equitable and sustainable world.

Where We Work

ActionAid Ireland is part of the ActionAid global federation, which operates in 45 countries. The federation consists of members from North and South of the globe (19 in Africa, 9 in Asia, 2 in the Middle-East, 9 in Europe, 5 in the Americas, and Australia). As a federation we have a commitment to shift power to the global south.  Our international headquarters is in South Africa and we are governed by an International Board and International General Assembly.

ActionAid Ireland works supports the teams in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Haiti, Kenya, Lebanon, Nepal, Palestine, Uganda, and Vietnam, along with working with female asylum seekers in Ireland.




How we are creating change

Our mission for A Just and Caring World for Women and Children is to support the leadership and agency of women and children who
are excluded and live in poverty. To do this we have four strategic objectives: To address the systematic and structural causes of gender-based violence; promote women’s leadership in humanitarian contexts; amplify feminist alternatives for economic & climate justice; diversify funding, inspire and engage our supporters. We have also set our strategic enablers to support us to achieve our vision, including: upholding excellent standards of accountability and governance; committing to anti-racism, shifting power, and decolonisation; ensuring high-quality programming, embedding learning, and evaluation; and focusing on safeguarding.

Read the full strategy here or a summary here.

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Finances and Accountability

ActionAid Ireland has achieved the “triple-lock” of good governance and reporting standards: the Board of Directors monitors compliance with the Charities Regulator Governance Code, the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising and the Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) under FRS102.

Visit this page for more information on our Board of Directors, Governance Procedures, Audited Annual Accounts, Staff and Fundraising Costs and more.

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Esther, 28 years old, is a member of the Sauti ya Wanawake women’s
group who coordinates the Covid -19 campaign in the Marafa region. Photo: ActionAid Staff, Kenya

Working with ActionAid

ActionAid Ireland does not send volunteers overseas because we prefer to hire and train local talent in the countries we support however we often have opportunities for volunteers in Ireland.


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Heading image: A staff member of the Centre for Information Technology & Development, Salma Abdul-Waheed, leading a Covid-19 information event in Nigeria. Photo by Etinosa Yvonne/ActionAid

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