Humanitarian aid is one of the four pillars of ActionAid’s work, which has been present in the major humanitarian crises of recent years, from the Haiti earthquake in 2010 to the Nepal earthquake in 2015, from the cyclone in the Philippines in 2013 to the Rohingya refugee crisis on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border and all the emergencies caused by climate change, such as the recurring droughts in Sub-Saharan Africa and the floods in Pakistan, India, Malawi/Mozambique and recently in Bangladesh.

Our approach to humanitarian aid

ActionAid’s main lines of action in responding to crises are inspired by the Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA), with a specific focus on capacity building of local relief workers and participation of affected communities in addressing humanitarian needs, in line with the Grand Bargain. Disasters, crises and conflicts have a disproportionate effect on women: they increase the likelihood of rights violations and often exclude them from access to aid. To address this, ActionAid focuses on nurturing women’s leadership and promoting their inclusion in decision-making processes for an active role in humanitarian responses.

Our sectors

Over the years, we have built a strong expertise on:

  • Protection
  • Cash Transfer
  • Food Security
  • Education in Emergencies
  • Water and Sanitation (WASH)
  • Disaster Risk Reduction

Countries where we work

We have projects in multiple countries: Myanmar, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Somaliland, Democratic Republic of Congo, Palestine. 

Our main donors and partners

We have received funds from the following donors: DG for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO), Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, and Presidency of the Council of Ministers

We can count on strong partnerships with Plan International, ChristianAid, World Vision, Cesvi, International Committee for the Development of Peoples (CISP).

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