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We are working to create a world without poverty where everyone is able to live in dignity and be represented in the decision-making processes that affect them.

Our pillars

In 2018 ActionAid launched a ten-year strategy identifying three main areas of work: Rights, Redistribution and Resilience.

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ActionAid works to empower individuals and groups especially marginalized and vulnerable ones to demand the enjoyment of their rights to States and international institutions that have the primary responsibility to respect, protect and promote human rights and ensure social justice.

While we believe that human rights are universal and inalienable; indivisible; interdependent and interrelated, we have identified two priorities for our interventions:

  • Right to live free from violence: The physical and psychological integrity of girls, young and adult women is a prerequisite for achieving gender equality in the enjoyment of all rights;
  • Right to inclusive citizenship: Migrants, refugees and asylum seekers are holders of economic, social, and political rights, regardless of their origin, income, age, or gender.
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The world has enough resources to guarantee everyone a dignified life but there is extreme inequality in the distribution of power and wealth. ActionAid implements interventions with communities and individuals to make the redistribution of economic and social power more fair and equitable for all.

ActionAid works on:

  • Redistribution of national wealth: Address national poverty and social marginalization;
  • Redistribution of global resources: Build more inclusive and fair European and global systems.
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Resilience is a multidimensional concept involving social, environmental, economic and political dimensions. ActionAid focuses on empowering individuals and groups to react, address and learn from current and future challenges through active participation and improved dialogue between citizens, private actors and institutions.

ActionAid works on:

  • Citizen participation: Strengthen participation of citizens in decision-making processes and public life;
  • Accountability of institutions and the private sector: Improve institutional accountability in the allocation and use of public funds and resources.

Our History: Key dates

  1. 1989

    Azione Aiuto is born

    We open our first office in Milan as Azione Aiuto. The first interventions are focused on Ethiopia.

  2. 1995

    More than 11.000 supporters

    The number of projects grows to include India, Kenya, and six other countries. Azione Aiuto can count on more than 11.000 supporters.

  3. 2000

    Azione Aiuto becomes an important actor in Italy

    Supporters continue to grow reaching 64.500 individuals. Azione Aiuto becomes an important actor in Italy.

  4. 2003

    NGO Status

    Azione Aiuto is recognized as NGO by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and officially becomes ActionAid International Italia Onlus.

  5. 2004

    Opening in Rome

    A new office is opened in Rome to strengthen the cooperation with UN Agencies on the topic of food security which is a key priority for the organization.

  6. 2009

    L’Aquila earthquake

    ActionAid is among the first NGOs to intervene after the L’Aquila earthquake.

  7. 2010

    Right to Food

    ActionAid launches a national campaign, Operation Hunger, to promote the right to food. It targets citizens, international organizations, governments and companies.

  8. 2011

    ActionAid starts working in Italy

    The “Italy, wake up! Strategy” is approved. A distinctive element is the strong focus on projects in Italy to respond to the growing poverty and inequalities after the 2008 economic crisis.

  9. 2013

    17.000 signatories for the campaign against biofuels

    Topics like the right to food and women’s rights gain more interest among our supporters. Our campaign against biofuels reaches 17.000 signatories. More than 3.000 people sends solidarity messages to support the rights of afghan women.

  10. 2016

    Foundation Realizza il Cambiamento

    ActionAid supports the establishment of the Foundation Realizza il Cambiamento aimed to promote rights, improve public awareness, increase institutional accountability and strengthen networking and partnership. The Foundation becomes a key partner of ActionAid.

  11. 2017

    Agorà 2028

    The newly launched strategy Agorà 2028 consists of three main pillars: Rights, Redistribution and Social and Political Resilience. It is based on the idea that building a fairer and more equal society requires improving the quality of democracy starting from citizens’ participation.

  12. 2019

    15 million people in 45 countries

    ActionAid continues to support the work of the international federation working with over 15 million people in 45 countries for a world free from poverty and injustice.

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