11 Facts About ActionAid


ActionAid is an international non-governmental organization whose stated primary aim is to work against poverty and injustice worldwide.

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ActionAid is a federation of 45 country offices that works with communities, often via local partner organisations, on a range of development issues.

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ActionAid was the first big INGO to move its headquarters from the global north to the global south.

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ActionAid has been campaigning for tax justice since 2008, conducting research into the effects of various international tax treaties and supporting local people and organizations to hold their governments to account.

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ActionAid was critical of climate insurance policies, such as those purchased by Malawi in 2015, since those insurance policies fail to deliver when they are desperately needed.

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ActionAid promotes women's leadership in humanitarian responses, arguing that women are best positioned to identify their needs and those of the communities around them in times of crisis.

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On 4 October 2018 ActionAid announced that Pakistan government has ordered 18 international aid groups to leave the country.

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In 2018, ActionAid USA stopped using the child sponsorship method of fundraising, and switched to a monthly giving program.

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ActionAid made India's first Bollywood film focusing on AIDS, Ek Alag Mausam, a love story involving HIV positive people, based on a script by playwright Mahesh Dattani.

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ActionAid supported Shyam Benegal's film, Samar, which is based on the book Unheard Voices: Stories of Forgotten Lives by Harsh Mander.

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ActionAid has been criticized for spreading unsupported claims and "grotesque" pictures of adverse effects from consumption of some genetically engineered crops in Africa, in particular the unsupported claim of genetically engineered crops causing tumors and cancer.

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