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ONE works to harness the strength and energy of its membership to press government officials and policy makers to deliver results in the fight against extreme poverty and disease. ONE members mobilize at key moments -- when a critical global meeting takes place, when a piece of legislation is up for a vote in Congress or when an emergency occurs, such as the global food crisis. Online at ONE.org and working on the ground in local communities, ONE members take action to draw attention to the plight of millions of people living in extreme poverty and dying of preventable, treatable diseases. While ONE's membership presses from the outside, ONE's policy and government relations shops work on the inside, sharing ideas and on-the-ground intelligence from Africa and across the G8 with policymakers and providing their staffs with the in-depth research necessary to buttress our arguments. We also work with leaders of developed countries to ensure the fight against poverty is on the agenda at key international summits, including the G8, G20 and other international gatherings. In anticipation of the 2005 G8 Summit in Gleneagles, Scotland, for example, ONE and DATA (now part of ONE) worked with other leading organizations to push the G8 to approve a concrete proposal to attack extreme poverty in Africa. ONE employed online actions, ad campaigns and the Live 8 concerts as part of a multi-faceted campaign. At that Summit, participating countries pledged to direct an additional $25 billion in effective assistance to Africa by 2010.