Action on Poverty
Registered Charity Number: 290836
APT was established in 1984 and over the last thirty years has built up a wealth of experience in transforming the lives of more than a million of the poorest and most vulnerable people in Africa and South Asia.
APT’s vision is a fair world free from poverty and discrimination where every person is empowered to fulfil their potential. APT considers the best way of tackling world poverty in the longer term is through a series of programmes aimed to bring about sustainable economic and social improvements to the lives of some of the most disadvantaged. Our projects support the efforts of poor and vulnerable men and women to claim their rights and access a sustainable livelihood and as a result bring about real and lasting change.
Poverty and gender inequality are inextricably linked. Unequal access to and control over resources and services, and the social discrimination which keeps this in place, presents serious obstacles to women in particular aiming to address their social and economic deprivation.
Our portfolio of projects includes a variety of activities such as working with organisations focussing on men, women and children with specific disadvantages including people with disabilities, people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS with a special emphasis on widows and orphans, people rebuilding their lives following conflict or disaster and people facing harsh environmental conditions with limited opportunities for employment. With role models challenging perceptions and promoting the capabilities of discriminated groups of people, each project is assessed by the impact it has upon the lives of the poor and this includes the changes to income levels and the number of new jobs created. In essence APT has experience and strengths in sustainable livelihoods with vulnerable and marginalised groups, tackling discrimination and claiming rights, changing attitudes, organisational strengthening and support.
We work in partnership with organisations in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asian countries strengthening the capacity of these southern institutions to deliver effective projects and linking them to each other for mutual benefit and wider replication, as we believe that effective partnership is the means to delivering the impact on poverty more efficiently and sustainably. Our southern partners - indigenous, independent organisations have a greater knowledge and closeness to the target groups so are in a position to drive the work – particularly in programme design and development - in response to the needs articulated by their beneficiaries.
Throughout 2014 APT was involved in twelve projects (including three ‘Technical Assistance’ projects) in five countries namely Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Sierra Leone and Sri Lanka helping thousands of beneficiaries to obtain sustainable livelihoods and/or increase their incomes so that they have enough food, medicines and education for themselves and their children and a life with more respect and dignity. Dependants of the direct beneficiaries are helped indirectly through being better informed or empowered and, to extend impact and to build for the future, APT is helping small producer groups and community organisations to become more informed and make effective decisions in the interest of vulnerable people.
In our innovative work with particularly disadvantaged or vulnerable groups APT tests, modifies and adapts mainstream techniques for promoting sustainable livelihoods to identify techniques that most effectively respond to their particular needs, constraints and priorities. From the knowledge gained through our overseas projects, we develop best-practice models and “how to” guides which we share amongst development practitioners internationally through publications, websites, seminars and the delivery of tailor-made training courses to field staff overseas.
Action on Poverty
Phone: 01386 861294
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