ActionAid International

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ActionAid is an international anti-poverty agency whose aim is to fight poverty worldwide. Formed in 1972, for over 30 years we have been growing and expanding to where we are today – helping over 13 million of the world’s poorest and most disadvantaged people in 42 countries worldwide … (about 1/2).

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About 2/2: … In all of our country programmes we work with local partners to make the most of their knowledge and experience. 

In December 2003 we established a new head office in Johannesburg, South Africa, and began the process of making all our country programmes equal partners with an equal say on how we operate.

We work with local partners to fight poverty and injustice worldwide, reaching over 13 million of the poorest and most vulnerable people over the last year alone, helping them fight for and gain their rights to food, shelter, work, education, healthcare and a voice in the decisions that affect their lives.

(watch online this video, 3.02 min … )

Our partners range from small community support groups to national alliances and international networks seeking education for all, trade justice and action against HIV/AIDS. Our work with these national and international campaign networks highlights the issues that affect poor people and influences the way governments and international institutions think.

We have a unique vision and direction. 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 many levels – local, national, regional and international.

Our vision:

  • A world without poverty and injustice in which every person enjoys their right to a life with dignity.

Our mission:

  • To work with poor and excluded people to eradicate poverty and injustice.

Our values:

  • MUTUAL RESPECT, requiring us to recognise the innate worth of all people and the value of diversity;
  • EQUITY AND JUSTICE, requiring us to work to ensure equal opportunity to everyone, irrespective of race, age, gender, sexual orientation, HIV status, colour, class, ethnicity, disability, location and religion;
  • HONESTY AND TRANSPARENCY, being accountable at all levels for the effectiveness of our actions and open in our judgements and communications with others;
  • SOLIDARITY WITH THE POOR, powerless and excluded will be the only bias in our commitment to the fight against poverty;
  • COURAGE OF CONVICTION, requiring us to be creative and radical, bold and innovative – without fear of failure – in pursuit of making the greatest possible impact on the causes of poverty;
  • INDEPENDENCE from any religious or party-political affiliation;
  • HUMILITY in our presentation and behaviour, recognising that we are part of a wider alliance against poverty.

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