ActionAid USA

More Action. Less Aid.

Washington, DC   |  https://www.actionaidusa.org

Mission

ActionAid is an international network building a just, equitable, and sustainable world in solidarity with communities on the frontlines of poverty and injustice. We know this can only be done by shifting power – towards communities and away from elites – and aid as traditionally practiced does not accomplish this. That’s why we take action in partnership with people on the frontlines of poverty and injustice. Together, we tackle the symptoms of unequal power – poverty, hunger, gender-based violence, climate change, conflict, and disaster – and challenge the ideologies, legal systems, and social norms that lie underneath. ActionAid USA is the U.S. branch of ActionAid International, which works in more than 50 countries to achieve social justice, gender equality, and poverty eradication.

Ruling year info

2001

Executive Director

Niranjali Amerasinghe

Main address

1220 L St NW Suite 725

Washington, DC 20005 USA

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EIN

52-2277575

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (Q01)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

ActionAid works to end poverty, exclusion, and gender inequality across 50 countries. To achieve this, we don't tackle one individual problem, we go for the roots. We partner with marginalized communities to confront the underlying web of injustices that affect their daily lives. While every community is different, this often includes: -Gender-based violence and discrimination -Exclusion from public services or high-quality public services -High exposure to the effects of climate change -Political exclusion or under-representation -Food, water, and livelihood insecurity

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

ActionAid Programs

ActionAid works to end poverty, exclusion, and gender inequality in more than 50 countries around the world. We partner with marginalized communities to confront the underlying web of injustices that affect their daily lives.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

ActionAid supporters taking action against land grabs

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ActionAid Programs

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Signatures delivered to pension fund TIAA, calling on them to stop land grabbing and respect human rights

Emergencies ActionAid responded to

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ActionAid Programs

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Across 16 countries

Number of local partnership organizations in the ActionAid network

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ActionAid Programs

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Young women campaigning for their rights through our Young Urban Women program

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ActionAid Programs

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Holding steady

Number of people served around the world

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ActionAid Programs

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Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

ActionAid's vision is a just, equitable, and sustainable world in which every person enjoys the right to dignity, and freedom from poverty and all forms of oppression.

We know this can only be done by shifting power – towards communities and away from elites – and aid as traditionally practiced does not accomplish this. That’s why we take action in partnership with people on the frontlines of poverty and injustice. Together, we tackle the symptoms of unequal power – poverty, hunger, gender-based violence, climate change, conflict, and disaster – and challenge the ideologies, legal systems, and social norms that lie underneath.

ActionAid USA is the U.S. branch of ActionAid International, which works in more than 50 countries to achieve social justice, gender equality, and poverty eradication. We influence U.S. policy and international institutions like the United Nations and elevate marginalized voices in the halls of power.

At ActionAid, we know that sustainable, equitable solutions grow from the ground, up.

Through our signature rights-based approach, we partner with local problem-solvers and grassroots movements who are reclaiming their communities' rights to everything from equality, to safety, to nutritious food. As these leaders spearhead their own visions for progress, we amplify their efforts and connect them with larger movements for change. We elevate the leadership of women, youth, and other chronically underrepresented community members – who are often among the most creative and resilient problem-solvers around.

Using a rights-based approach means pairing community change with policy action. For example, as we work beside farmers to increase yields and protect the environment, we also support them to become advocates who challenge government actors at the local, national, and international levels to invest in family farms and environmental stewardship.

ActionAid has a presence in 50 countries worldwide, and we have more than 48 years of experience partnering with excluded communities to reclaim their rights. In 2003, we were the first international non-profit to move our headquarters from the global North to the global South (London, UK to Johannesburg, South Africa), and we pioneered the rights-based approach that is now recognized as a quality standard for sustainable change.

Despite our breadth, we have an extremely locally-driven culture: 98% of our staff are from the country where they work, and many offices are governed by independent Boards of Directors. That's why we are known for supporting and scaling grassroots solutions to complex challenges – solutions that are community-owned, locally-led, and contextually appropriate.

Every day, we move the marker on progress just a little further. Here's a small sample:
100,000 women in 24 countries increased their control over land or other natural resources.
324,000 women in 30 countries challenged gender-based violence.
4,500 schools in 28 countries reported improved access to free, safe, quality education for boys and girls.
45,000 people were empowered to identify and plan for climate-related risks and natural disasters in their communities.
50 coalitions in 16 countries actively collaborated with ActionAid on fair and corruption-free taxation (“tax justice") campaigns.
790 local governments in 22 countries took steps to increase accountability to communities in their jurisdiction.

In 2018, ActionAid rolled out our new 10-year strategy, Action for Global Justice. It represents the next step in our evolution as an organization, rooting us more deeply in the communities where we work and alongside the people whose rights we support. Our vision remains the same, but in a world of deepening inequality and rising division, our commitment to local leadership, community-based solutions, and feminist principles is stronger than ever before.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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ActionAid USA

Board of directors
as of 7/21/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Diana Duarte

MADRE

Diana Duarte

Director of Policy and Strategic Engagement, MADRE

Ricki McMillan

Vice President Finance and Administration, BlueGreen Alliance

Abid Aslam

Independent Consultant

Imani Countess

International Development Consultant

Anuradha Desai

Senior Vice President External Relations, EdVestors

Tom Fox

Former Assistant Administrator for Policy and Program Coordination, USAID

Patricia Zermeño

Immigration Attorney, Legal Services for Children

Rollin Johnson Jr.

Co-Principal, Kensington Strickland Group

Arjun Makhijani

President, Institute for Energy and Environmental Research

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/14/2019

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/26/2020

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.