Emergencies & Conflicts


When disaster strikes, ActionAid aims to save lives and protect rights.

We promote the leadership, engagement and agency of poor and excluded people, particularly women, ensuring they are at the centre of emergency response.

Women’s Leadership in Humanitarian Emergencies

Disasters, conflict and climate change disasters are increasing around the world, resulting in the deaths of millions of people each year. Disasters increase inequality, particularly for women, and affect ecosystems and the fabric of communities.

We work on-the-ground to deliver emergency aid like food, water, shelter and medicine, to meet the immediate needs of people affected by crisis. And in the long-term, we work with communities, supporting them to take the lead as they rebuild and recover, putting women and girls’ safety and wellbeing at the heart of our approach.

ActionAid promotes women-led, sustainable and transformative interventions, whilst focusing on addressing need and providing protection. Working closely with feminist movements and networks, ActionAid grounds its work in the lived experiences of women, girls and communities who bear the brunt of unequal power systems.

Women in Somaliland pouring water into water tanks

Women photographed gathering water in Somalia. Photo credit ActionAid.

East Africa Food Crisis

East Africa is facing its worst food crisis for decades, following four years of failed harvests, erratic rainfall and rocketing global food prices.

Up to 20 million people in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia are going hungry every day, with severe malnutrition amongst infants and young children.

Local women, young people and partner organisations on the ground are leading our response, but they urgently need your support to expand their life-saving activities and avert a catastrophe.



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