Where your money goes


Our expenditure in 2022

Our expenditure in 2019: pie chart
Area of expenditure (£m) %
Humanitarian and development programmes and strengthening our global federation
41.6 72%


Support costs (running the organisation)
6.0 10%
Campaigning for change
1.5 3%
Total 58.1 100%

What you helped us achieve in 2022

Every day we hear incredible stories of how the lives of women and girls are changing for the better.

With your support in 2022, our work has helped to transform lives - whether that's by helping to alleviate period poverty, distributing life-saving aid in emergencies such as in Ukraine, or training women and girls with skills that help lift them out of poverty.

Here are just a few examples of how your donations helped in 2022.


Staving off hunger through school meal plans

ActionAid launched a school-feeding programme providing thousands of kilos of maize, beans and hundreds of litres of oil to feed over 5,000 children across 26 schools in Kenya during the ongoing East Africa hunger crisis.

Benedetta, a cook at a local school has been helping out with ActionAid' school feeding programme in Kenya. She said that children that do come to school, often ask for seconds at the feeding programme, because they are unsure when they will eat again.

Read more about food crises in East Africa

Githeri is distributed to students for lunch at a primary school in Makueni County as part of the school-feeding programme supported by ActionAid.

Sarah Waiswa/ActionAid


Reducing unpaid care work for women

2020 saw the conclusion of ActionAid’s flagship five-year Promoting Opportunities for Women’s Empowerment and Rights (POWER) project.

Reaching over 19,500 women in Rwanda, Ghana, Bangladesh, POWER helped reduce the burdens of unpaid care work on women and supported a more equal redistribution of work between household members.

Through POWER, smallholder women farmers expanded the use of climate-resilient farming practices, and women’s access to markets has significantly improved through skills training and knowledge sharing.

Women's rights organisations campaigning in Ghana.

Misper Apawu/ActionAid

Supporting grassroots movements in Ghana

When Covid-19 struck the Oti region of Ghana, it escalated violence and forced marriages for thousands of women and girls.

But Agnes Afua Obour and her team at the Network of Communities in Development (NOCID) brought together traditional leaders, girls’ clubs and volunteers across 30 communities to end violence against women and girls for good.

With your help, we raised over £9,000 to help Agnes and NOCID to organise community forums for women and girls to share their experiences and ideas for action to end violence; fund young people to run anti-child marriage and sexual violence campaigns and train community groups to provide counselling to survivors of violence in schools. 

Find out more about forced child marriage

Top image: Hibaq has been living in an IDP in an IDP camp in Somaliland with their mother, sister Nimco, brother and grandmother since 2017. Karin Schermbrucker/ActionAid.

Page updated 24 July 2023