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Overview

Since 20 September 2021 self-declared 'non-commercial organisations' are no longer required to provide a lobby budget. See above timeline for this registrant's historical lobby budget.

Lobbying Costs

None declared

Financial year: Jan 2022 - Dec 2022

Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)

4.5 Fte (6)

Lobbyists with EP accreditation

4

High-level Commission meetings

19

Lobbying Costs over the years

  • Info

    ActionAid   (AAI)

    EU Transparency Register

    85103504511-82 First registered on 11 Nov 2010

    Goals / Remit

    ActionAid is an international anti-poverty agency which takes sides with poor people to end poverty and injustice together. Around the world we work in local communities, listening to poor people and learning about their needs. We help them approach decision makers in their own countries, simultaneously lobbying powerful institutions such as the EU to change the international policies and regulations that contribute to the uneven distribution of wealth.
    The EU is the largest multi-lateral donor and its decisions have major implications for the lives of millions of people in the developing world.
    ActionAid opened its EU Office in Brussels in 1999. The ActionAid EU Office seeks to ensure that EU policies place the fight against extreme poverty and global injustice as a central concern.

    Main EU files targeted

    The ActionAid EU office works on three of the four ActionAid pillars and four of the six Strategic Objectives (SO) of the new Strategic Implementation Framework (SIF) for the 2021-2023 period, part of our 2028 Strategy, from a EU perspective:

    PILLAR 1. REDISTRIBUTION
    Objective 1) To advance economic justice and redistribute women’s unpaid care and domestic work through expanding fiscal and policy space and supporting investment in gender-responsive public services and social protection.
    Objective 2) Advocating for redistributive climate and humanitarian finance: making polluting countries, corporations and the rich pay based on equity and fair shares and ensuring finance reaches those most in need, to enable countries to invest in adaptation, ensure reparations for loss and damage and transition to greener pathways.

    PILLAR 2. RESILIENCE
    Objective 3) Promote a feminist, green and just transition [that builds climate resilience] especially in agriculture, led by women and young people.

    PILLAR 4. RIGHTS
    Objective 6) Strengthening citizen’s movements, challenging visible, invisible and hidden power through strengthening and connecting movements, defining and adopting a decolonisation approach, enriching our human-rights based approach, and challenging shrinking space.

    Within this framework, at EU level, we have been engaging in different EU public consultations, including 2021’s on 1) Sustainable corporate governance; 2) “Tax avoidance – fighting the use of shell entities and arrangements for tax purposes”; 3) “2030 Digital Compass: the European way for the Digital Decade” (mainly on digital taxation); and 4) Open public consultation on the Trade and Sustainable Development (TSD)

    We have also contributed to the roadmap and been analyzing with other stakeholders the Communication on Business Taxation for the 21st century and the development of the EU policy in this field. We also have input the roadmap on a A fair & competitive digital economy – digital levy. And we have and still are also closely following the development of the EU policy on corporate accountability, including the recent EC’s proposal for a Directive on corporate sustainability due diligence, advocating for a stronger women’s rights perspective.

    All along 2021, we have been participating in the EU regional programming consultations, as ActionAid itself, and we have also contributed to CONCORD’s input to those processes. We have been involved in the EU civil society spaces allocated ahead of the EU-AU Summit (February 2021), including the Civil Society Steering Committee, and we have participated in the organization of one of the sessions of the Civil Society and Local Authority Forum taking place the (15/02/2022) during the Africa-Europe Week.

    On the other side, ActionAid EU office follows closely the EU development policy in the field of agroecology and food systems. During 2023 we have maintained a strong dialogue with DG INTPA food security team to push for more and quality investment in agroecology. ActionAid EU office has contributed through ECCJ to the development of the new CSDD legislation.

    We have been also part of the Civil society members of the Structure Dialogue on GAP III through CONCORD.

    Address

    Head Office
    4th Floor, West Wing 158 Jan Smuts Avenue Building (entrance on Walters Avenue) Rosebank
    Johannesburg
    SOUTH AFRICA
    EU Office
    Rue de l'Industrie, 10 2nd Floor, Mundo J Building
    Brussels 1000
    BELGIUM

    Website

  • People

    Total lobbyists declared

    6

    Employment timeLobbyists
    100%3
    50%3

    Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)

    4.5

    Lobbyists with EP accreditation

    All Lobbyists with EP accreditation over time

    4 accreditations were / are live (in bold) for the selected state of 14 Apr 2024

    Name Start date End Date
    Javier GARCÍA DE LA OLIVA 15 Mar 2024 14 Mar 2025
    Hamdi BENSLAMA 15 Mar 2024 14 Mar 2025
    Carmen GARILLETI 24 Jan 2024 23 Jan 2025
    Mathilde PANNEAU 08 Jul 2023 05 Jul 2024
    Nadia PAROLARI 29 Apr 2023 21 Dec 2023
    Martina VENZO 29 Apr 2023 21 Dec 2023
    Javier GARCÍA DE LA OLIVA 07 Feb 2023 07 Feb 2024
    Hamdi BENSLAMA 07 Feb 2023 07 Feb 2024
    Ms Isabelle Brachet 29 Oct 2019 29 Oct 2020
    Ms Anna MELENCHUK 27 Sep 2019 26 Sep 2020
    Ms Lis PARISI SERVULO DA CUNHA 11 Sep 2019 15 Aug 2020
    Ms Isabelle Brachet 11 Oct 2018 29 Oct 2019
    Ms Lis PARISI SERVULO DA CUNHA 05 Sep 2018 11 Sep 2019
    Ms Isabelle Brachet 30 Oct 2017 11 Oct 2018
    Ms Katarzyna SZENIAWSKA 01 Dec 2016 01 Dec 2017
    Ms Isabelle Brachet 16 Nov 2016 30 Oct 2017
    Ms Katarzyna SZENIAWSKA 28 Aug 2015 29 Aug 2016
    Ms Isabelle Brachet 15 Jul 2015 13 Jul 2016
    Ms Isabelle Brachet 21 Aug 2014 15 Jul 2015
    Mr Sara Jespersen 23 Mar 2013 22 Mar 2014

    Complementary Information

    The 2021 internal restructuring in ActionAid resulted in the appointment in December of a Head of Country Engagement and Transformation Americas and Europe, who dedicates 50% of his workload to the EU Brussels office actions. In addition, we have from September 2022:
    - 1 Head of Engagement Europe and Americas who dedicates 100% of his workload
    - 1 EU Partnership Manager who dedicates 50% of his workload
    - 2 EU Advocacy Advisor who dedicates 100% of his workload
    - 2 Bussiness Development Advisors 100% dedicated to EU Brussels office actions.

    Person in charge of EU relations

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

    Person with legal responsibility

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

  • Categories

    Category

    Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

  • Networking

    Affiliation

    ActionAid International belongs to a number of non-profit networks and confederations. At European level, we are members of:
    - Concord, https://concordeurope.org/about-us/who-we-are/members,
    - CAN Europe, https://caneurope.org/members,
    - Eurodad, https://www.eurodad.org/members (see under the South Africa flag),
    - The EU Food Policy Coalition, https://foodpolicycoalition.eu/participants

    Member organisations

    We’re an international organisation, working with over 15 million people in 45 countries.

    The full list of members (affiliates and associates), as well as of countries where we have programmes, is available here: https://actionaid.org/countries

    8 of them are in the EU:
    1. Denmark, https://www.ms.dk/en/home
    2. France, https://www.actionaid.fr
    3. Greece, https://www.actionaid.gr
    4. Ireland, https://actionaid.ie
    5. Italy, https://www.actionaid.it
    6. Netherlands, https://actionaid.nl
    7. Spain, https://www.alianzaporlasolidaridad.org
    8. Sweden, https://www.actionaid.se

  • Financial Data

    Interests represented

    Does not represent commercial interests

    Closed financial year

    Jan 2022 - Dec 2022

    Lobbying costs for closed financial year

    Since 20 September 2021 self-declared 'non-commercial organisations' are no longer required to provide a lobby budget. See above timeline for this registrant's historical lobby budget.

    Total organisational budget in closed year

    255,096,000€

    Major funding types in closed year

    Public financing, Grants, EU funding, Member's contribution, Donations, Other

    Major contributions in closed year

    TypeNameAmount
    Contribution European Union 13,809,000€
    Contribution Global Fund 5,550,000€
    Contribution Government of Australia 1,247,000€
    Contribution Government of Denmark 20,042,000€
    Contribution Government of Italy 1,727,000€
    Contribution Government of Norway 1,218,000€
    Contribution Government of Sweden 2,906,000€
    Contribution Government of The Netherlands 1,695,000€
    Contribution Government of United Kingdom 4,732,000€
    Contribution UN - WFP 4,134,000€
    Contribution UN various agencies 21,136,000€
    Contribution Start Fund 1,267,000€
    Contribution Grant CLUA 157,000€
    Contribution Government of Ireland 876,000€
    Contribution all other governments 11,064,000€
    Contribution Other official bodies 6,123,000€
    Contribution Other income (charitable, trading, exchange gains) 12,882,000€
    Contribution Individual Giving 102,076,000€
    Contribution Philantropy and Partnerships 42,455,000€

    Other financial info

    ActionAid International whole income consists of a mixture of restricted and unrestricted funding. Operational costs are covered by unrestricted reserves which finance costs for hub offices such as the EU office. Unrestricted funding is made up of International Contributions from members, who contribute certain percentages of their unrestricted funding to the Global Secretariat to cover operational costs which are then allocated to hubs.

  • EU Structures

    Groups (European Commission)

    Platform for Tax Good Governance, Aggressive Tax Planning and Double Taxation#E02897#https://ec.europa.eu/transparency/expert-groups-register/screen/expert-groups/consult?lang=en&groupID=2897 #Member #C#Civil society

    Groups (European Parliament)

    N/A

    Communication activities

    PUBLICATIONS
    - "European Finance Flows fuelling the climate crisis: The role of Article 2.1c under the UNFCCC" November 2023
    -"Standing up for our Rights: Feminist Insights from the Ukraine Response" Feb 2023 https://actionaid.org/publications/2023/standing-our-rights-feminist-insights-ukraine-response
    -"Ensuring a gender-responsive and effective Corporate Due Diligence Legislation in 10 steps" Nov 2022 https://actionaid.org/publications/2022/ensuring-gender-responsive-and-effective-corporate-due-diligence-legislation-10
    -"The Long Shadow of the Climate Crisis" Oct 2022 https://actionaid.org/publications/2022/long-shadow-climate-crisis
    -“Education versus Austerity” Why public sector wage bill constraints undermine teachers and public education systems - and must end https://actionaid.org/publications/2022/education-versus-austerity June 2022
    -“Gender Responsive Disability-Inclusive Education Budgeting” https://actionaid.org/publications/2022/gender-responsive-disability-inclusive-education-budgeting May 2022
    -Doubly Devastating: Local communities disproportionately affected by food, fuel, and fertiliser price rises https://actionaid.org/publications/2022/doubly-devastating-local-communities-disproportionately-affected-food-fuel-and May 2022
    -“Safety with Dignity” Women-Led Community-Based Protection manual and toolkit https://actionaid.org/publications/2022/safety-dignity February 2022
    -Believe in Better: From Policy to Practice https://actionaid.org/publications/2022/believe-better-policy-practice January 2022
    - “Analyzing European Union Institutions’ Flows for Total Official Support for Sustainable Development” (https://actionaid.org/sites/default/files/publications/TOSSD%20EU%20Report.pdf), February 2022
    - Together with Eurodad, “Reflecting the duality of gender and climate in the European Investment Bank’s Environmental and Social Sustainability Framework’s Standard 5 on Climate Change” (https://assets.nationbuilder.com/eurodad/pages/2493/attachments/original/1629714233/EIB-gender-and-climate-briefing.pdf?1629714233), August 2021
    - “Why the European Green Deal Needs Ecofeminism, chapter on Trade and summary” (https://wideplus.org/2021/07/27/why-the-european-green-deal-needs-ecofeminism-new-report-with-wides-contribution/), July 2021

    ARTICLES
    -“Increasingly difficult to bridge the divide”: ActionAid reflects on six months into the humanitarian response to Ukraine crisishttps://actionaid.org/news/2022/increasingly-difficult-bridge-divide-actionaid-reflects-six-months-humanitarian-response August 2022
    -ActionAid reacts to Bonn Climate Negotiations https://actionaid.org/news/2022/actionaid-reacts-bonn-climate-negotiations June 2022
    - EU’s gender-blind corporate due diligence proposal risks leaving women behind (https://actionaid.org/news/2022/eus-gender-blind-corporate-due-diligence-proposal-risks-leaving-women-behind), February 2022

    CAMPAIGNS
    - Together with others, ActionAid promoted "Stop Funding Destruction and Begin to #FundOurFuture" Sept 2023
    - Together with others, ActionAid promoted "Justice is Everybody's Business" https://justice-business.org/about/ September 2022
    - Together with others, ActionAid promoted The European Citizens’ Initiative Ban Fossil Fuel Advertising and Sponsorships (https://banfossilfuelads.org/), October 2021
    - Shell Climate case (https://actionaid.org/opinions/2021/shell-climate-case-what-you-need-know), May 2021

    EVENTS
    - Co-organization of "Eastern Neighbourhood and Black Sea Region. 2023 Opportunities for young people and women-led organizations" together with FOND and the Black Sea NGO Forum.
    - Co-organization of the European Development Days Lab “Extractives and Taxation. Addressing the challenges in taxation of minerals, to ensure that the Global South will benefit from the energy transition”, 15/06/2021, together with Eurodad and Oxfam, available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrvVCjWanHk

    Other activities

    Drawing on ActionAid’s experience working in Asia, Africa and in the Americas, the ActionAid EU office focuses its efforts on optimising the political space for development within the EU.

    End 2016, ActionAid has adopted its new Global Strategy "Strategy 2028: Action for Global Justice". Under that new strategy, the organisation's overarching goal is to achieve social justice, gender equality, and poverty eradication by shifting and redistributing power and resources, strengthening the resilience of communities and movements, and fulfilling the rights of people living in poverty and exclusion.

    In October 2020, ActionAid General Assembly adopted a new strategy implementation framework highlighting the federation's priorities for the next three years, ie. economic justice and climate justice. How those priorities will translate in terms of EU advocacy in 2021 is still to be discussed.

  • Meetings

    Meetings

    19 meetings found. Download meetings

    The list below only covers meetings held since November 2014 with commissioners, their cabinet members or directors-general at the European Commission; other lobby meetings with lower-level staff may have taken place, but the European Commission doesn't proactively publish information about these meetings. For more information about which commissioner is responsible for which portfolio, check out this link: https://commissioners.ec.europa.eu/index_en All information below comes from European Commission web pages.

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