About ActionAid Ireland

We provide long term support to women and their children in developing countries, so they can overcome the obstacles holding them back.

We work with the poorest women and children in the world, changing their lives for good.

We know that supporting women in a community has a powerful effect on everybody, lifting up their children, their families and future generations.

And so, our approach is to empower local women to take control over their own lives. In our programmes women decide what their priorities are and we support them to make change for themselves.

We support them with education and training, for example: literacy; numeracy; work skills; leadership skills; and how to achieve their rights to healthcare, work and education.

We are an independent organisation with no religious, political or governmental affiliations.



What We Do

We take a Human Rights Based Approach to ending poverty, meaning that we don’t impose solutions but work with communities giving them the tools and resources to improve their own lives.

We work in solidarity with the poorest and most marginalised women and children. We teach numeracy, literacy and human rights so women so that they can gain more control over their families lives. And we campaign to change the structures that keep people poor.

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Where We Work

ActionAid works with over 15 million people in 45 countries around the world. ActionAid Ireland is currently funding programmes across six of these countries in Africa and Asia, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Nepal, Vietnam and Cambodia.


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How we are creating change

In June 2017, we launched our new strategy five year strategy, Realising Rights for Women and Children. This will be our guide for how we we make change for the next five years.

Realising Rights for Women and Children means supporting women, empowering them to take control of their lives. It’s women led. Women decide their priorities and ActionAid supports them – with education and training, literacy, numeracy, leadership skills.

Learn more about our new strategy and our three big goals for the next five years.

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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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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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