ActionAidis 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. Our head office is in Johannesburg, South Africa
ActionAid Pakistanstarted its operations in 1992 and since then, it has been working in partnership with local civil society organisations, community groups and marginalised people to fight poverty and violations of human rights
WHAT WE DO JUST & DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE WOMEN’S RIGHTS Corporate Social Responsibility Right to Information Registration and NIC Campaign on FCR Provincial Autonomy ELBAG Agrarian Reforms Movement Rights of Brick Kiln and Sanitary Workers Addressing Drainage Crisis Curbing Illegal Migration & Human Smuggling Right to Land Empowering Home Based Workers Rights of Women Belonging to Religious Minorities Violence Against Women Anti Sexual Harassment Bill Women’s Political Rights RIGHTS TO AND RIGHTS IN EDUCATION National Education Policy Right to Education in Mother Tongue Securing Girls’ Right to Education
WHAT WE DO HUMAN SECURITY IN CONFLICTS & EMERGENCIES HIV & AIDS, RIGHTS TO PRIMARY HEALTHCARE Interfaith Harmony Participation of Youth in Peace Building Consultation on Balochistan Conflict Earthquakes, Floods and IDP crisis FOOD RIGHTS STAR Project Working with HIV Positive Children HIV & AIDS Budget Tracking Awareness & Prevention Improving Communities’ Access to Health Facilities, Water & Sanitation HungerFREE Campaign Policy Proposals on Food Rights Campaign on BT Cotton, WTO and Rakh Issues Rights of Tobacco Growers
HOW WE WORK 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 networks highlights the issues that affect poor people and influence the way governments and international institutions think. We constantly seek new solutions and ask ourselves how we can make the greatest impact with our resources. 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 make the most of our skills and abilities by working at many levels - local, national, regional and international.
OUR STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES Poor and excluded people are able to demand and realize their rights and entitlements Women and girls are able to participate in social and political processes
Citizens and people’s organisations are strengthened and have the capacity to demand just, democratic, transparent and accountable governance National and international institutions including IFIs and MNCs are accountable to citizens
Poor people’s access to and control over basic rights ( land, education, health, shelter) is increased Their livelihoods are protected especially in emergencies and disaster situations.
OUR ACHIEVEMENTS IN 2008 Around 25,000 people belonging to poor rural background, vulnerable fisher folk communities, peasants, sanitary workers, religious minority groups and youth were organised into over 550 groups A large number of people were mobilised to raise governance issues.
Over 41, 600 children were facilitated to get education, 40% of whom were girls belonging to remote rural areas with traditionally conservative backgrounds. Helped over 159,000 people to have access to health services by functionalizing government facilities and organising mobile medical camps, weekly clinics, and community health centres
Organised people living with HIV/AIDS to improve their access to care, support and treatment. These interventions particularly benefitted women, helping 106,640 to access basic services. Supported 108,319 poor people (50 % women) to have access to safe drinking water and sanitation
Men were sensitised to issues related to women’s rights. 10,208 men participated in our women’s rights interventions. People were mobilised on the issue of Peace and Harmony and facilitated to organise rallies, walks, seminars and dialogues to improve interfaith harmony and resist intolerance in the society.
LEARNINGS CHALLENGES To improve our work quality the capacities of staffs should be strengthened through regular training needs assessments. Poor and excluded people must be kept at the centre of planning. Country's security and political situation must be considered while planning our interventions PPRP exercises are helpful in gaining trust and confidence of the poor communities. Impact of our work can be enhanced by means of networking and alliance building with like minded organisations. Shifting the staff and partners from fragmented interventions to strategic planning Staff turnover Implementation of RBA by partners Country’s overall security environment Capacity gaps of staffs and partners Lack of baseline data to measure impact of our work