Real Progress in Fighting Poverty

ONE and its more than 6 million members, along with ONE’s predecessor organisation DATA and other non-profit partners, have played an important role in persuading political leaders to create and fund smart, effective programs and policies that have saved lives and improved futures in poor countries.

Examples of what has been achieved include:

  • In Europe, ONE has been a key part of several victories shoring up support for development. In March 2013, the UK become the first G8 country to reach the 43-year-old 0.7% target for international aid as a share of national income, which meets the commitment made by the coalition government after the general election of May 2010.
  • ONE helped pass historic legislation in the US and the EU, requiring better transparency in the oil, gas and mining industries – an important step to ending backhanded deals between energy companies and corrupt politicians that hurt people in poor countries. The Cardin-Lugar amendment became law in the US in 2010. In 2012, the SEC adopted a very strong rule to implement the Cardin-Lugar, citing all the input they had heard from ONE members – 143,000 people petitioned them. Following success in the US, ONE continued to campaign on this issue in Europe.  A provisional EU deal was reached in April 2013 and will be formally adopted this June.
  • In January 2013, ONE launched “You Choose,” a pilot program in South Africa, Malawi and Zambia allowing some of the world’s poorest people to use mobile technology like SMS text messaging to let us know what they believe should be included in the next set of goals to eradicate extreme poverty. So far, nearly 200,000 responses have been received, which we are sharing with the UN’s High Level Panel, a group tasked with setting the post-2015 development agenda. Running through May 2013, “You Choose” is a contribution to the United Nations (UN) “MY World” campaign.
  • In 2012, ONE lobbied successfully for the passage in the US House and Senate of an extension to a key provision of the Africa Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA) that increases mutually beneficial trade ties between the US and Africa and promises to lift people out of poverty and into employment and prosperity.
  • At the 2012 G8 Summit, ONE encouraged President Obama to announce the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, which showed a bold commitment to food security that tackles the root causes of hunger and extreme poverty.
  • ONE’s EU offices successfully campaign for the passage of SHARE – a European initiative to boost the prevention of hunger and famine in the Horn of Africa, thanks in part to more than 400,000 members who signed ONE’s petition urging leaders to break the cycle of famine.
  • In March of 2012, ONE and other African partners delivered a petition signed by 16,000 Africans to President Jakaya Kikwete in Tanzania. As a result, President Kikwete recommitted to the Maputo protocol and announced that he would urge his fellow African leaders to do the same in a transparent and accountable manner.
  • In 2010, ONE successfully pushed for passage of $1 billion in debt relief for Haiti in the wake of the devastating earthquake.
  • In 2010 ONE’s Germany team successfully campaigned to prevent the German government from cutting funds to the highly effective Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.
  • In 2012 ONE successfully campaigned for the IMF to sell some of its undervalued Gold reserves to provide emergency funding to poor countries that were being buffeted by the financial crisis. This resulted in $2.7 billion that helped protect critical health, education and other expenditures for the world’s poorest.
  • In the UK, ONE/DATA lobbied for the creation of, and were a key contributor to, the Commission for Africa, which produced a rigorous analysis and detailed programme for economic development in Africa.
  • In 2008, in the wake of the global food price shock, ONE successfully lobbied the European Union to deliver an emergency food initiative for developing countries.
  • ONE/DATA worked closely with US officials on the creation of the AIDS program PEPFAR and on winning funding for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria from across the G8. These programmes have helped provide life-saving AIDS medication to millions of people and slash malaria mortality in Africa.
  • ONE/DATA helped persuade US President Bush’s Administration to create the multi-billion dollar Millennium Challenge Account which funds smart, targeted development programs in well-governed poor countries that meet specific governance and transparency tests.
  • ONE/DATA played a crucial role in the global campaign that successfully pressed the G8 to make historic commitments to fight poverty and disease in Africa in 2005; the G8 agreed to double funding to Africa at that meeting and ONE has been holding leaders feet to the fire on those commitments ever since.