Founded in 1972 as a charity, ActionAid is a global federation working for a world free from poverty and injustice. Action Aid wants to see a just, fair and sustainable world, in which everybody enjoys the right to a life of dignity, and freedom from poverty and oppression. Action Aid’s work aims to achieve social justice and gender equality, and to eradicate poverty through a strategy – building international momentum for social, economic and environmental justice, driven by people living in poverty and exclusion.
Most recently (2019), DE conducted the Multi-country Mid-term Review of the Promoting Opportunities for Women’s Empowerment for Rights (POWER) Pproject operating in Ghana, Rwanda, Bangladesh and Pakistan by federation offices with administrative and advisory support from ActionAid UK and the global secretariat.
The POWER project aims to improve the livelihoods of 21,000 women, mobilizing them to claim their rights as caregivers and income-earners in their households and communities through advocacy and direct programming focused on recognition and redistribution of unpaid care work at household-level and nationally within the GDP, reduction in violence against women and girls (VAWG), and promotion of agroecology/climate smart agriculture and market access. The POWER project is a five-year initiative (2016 – 2020) supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands.
The MTR was qualitative in nature, assessing the results and unintended effects of ActionAid’s integrated-approach at mid-term and documenting lessons across geographic areas to help reinforce and/or revise the project theory of change and provide recommendations for the final two years of project implementation. The project deliverables included one overall multi-country report as well as individual country-specific reports.