ActionAid South Africa (AASA) has a clear vision of realising social justice through supporting the actions and power of people whose lives are most affected by inequality, injustice and oppression. And so, we commit to supporting social movements of the poor, excluded and marginalised, prioritising our support for womxn-led feminist movements.

In a post-apartheid South Africa, we have seen some successes in realising individual rights, but collective rights’ realisation of people living in poverty and marginalisation, has been limited. To AASA, structural change is required to realise social justice.


To Work With Poor And Excluded People To Eradicate Poverty And Injustice. To eradicate poverty and injustice by working with people living in poverty and exclusion, civil society organisations, activists and movements wherever they are.

Organisational Values

  • Feminist:2Feminist , AASA aims to create a society in which individuals’ genders don’t restrict them from an equitable access to rights and resources.
  • Mutual respect, requiring us to recognise the innate worth of all people and the value of diversity.
  • Equity and justice, ensuring equal opportunity to everyone, irrespective of race, age, gender, sexual orientation, HIV status, colour, class, ethnicity, disability, location and religion.
  • Integrity, requiring us to be honest, transparent and accountable at all levels for the effectiveness of our actions and open in our judgements and communication with others.
  • Solidarity with people living in poverty and exclusion will be the only bias in our commitment to the fight against poverty.
  • Courage of conviction, requiring us to be creative and radical, bold and innovative – without fear of failure – in pursuit of making the greatest possible impact on the causes of poverty and injustice.
  • Independence from any religious and party-political affiliation.
  • Humility in our presentation and behaviour, recognising that we are part of a wider alliance against poverty and inequality.


Feminism is the belief that all people are entitled to the same civil rights and liberties, and can be intellectual equals, regardless of gender. Since AASA sides with the most vulnerable people in society, we recognize Black Feminism as a critical ideology— the acknowledgement that womxn of colour have been oppressed by both sexism and racism. Black Feminism is also intersectional, embracing the belief that all people regardless of