2015 is the year to say YES. Yes to new adventures, Yes to restoring broken New Years’ Resolutions, and most importantly, Yes to making 2015 the biggest year yet in our campaign against extreme poverty!
Today is Shrove Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, depending on where you live. And for lots of us that means stuffing our faces with pancakes. But whilst we do that, it’s important to ask some of life's big questions. Like who really gives a toss about development aid?
Believe it or not, the blizzard isn’t the only thing happening in New York this week. Representatives from governments and NGOs flew in for the first drafting session of the Financing for Development summit. We're assessing the policy recommendations and want to know what you think too.
On January 15th 2015, I joined a group of 15 year olds from all over France in Paris to share our own worldview with some French decision makers. It is essential to make sure the new development goals are relevant and ambitious: this is ONE’s mission. And as young people, we have something to say about it!
Many agree: if we want to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030, world leaders must agree on a financing strategy that addresses the needs of the least-developed countries and, most importantly, of the poorest people in these countries. But how much development aid does actually go to these countries that need it most?
Our analysis of the final global aid spending figures in 2013 shows that total global official development assistance was $130.8 billion, a 4.9% increase from 2012. See which countries increased their aid spending and which cut back.
Recently, donor countries agreed to allocate more aid to the countries most in need and to reverse the declining trend of development assistance to the poorest countries. However donors fell short of listening to calls by least developed countries themselves and committing half of their aid to these countries.
A lot of global development news broke in 2014. With the help of ONE's excellent policy team, we rounded up the most important findings of the year, from nutrition to energy. Scroll through to catch up on facts you may have missed.
Over the last 20 years, extreme poverty has been halved. If we step up efforts, we can virtually eliminate it by 2030. Government revenues in most developing countries have considerably increased over the years, which is brilliant. Because of this, these countries have become increasingly able to finance their own development......
You may have heard the rumours that the Australian government is considering cutting the aid budget again. We cannot be silent when promises to the world's most vulnerable people are being broken. Please send a tweet to Julie Bishop and let's make sure she has the backing to stand up to her colleagues.
If you are a UK taxpayer of the PAYE variety, you'll be getting a statement in the post this week from the government, showing exactly how they spend the money you contribute. We've created this handy little calculator that lets you see exactly how much of your income tax is spent on aid, and what that money could buy.
When we decided to try and recruit 140 European Youth Ambassadors to become supercharged ONE members, I don't think any of us realised what lay ahead. As this year's programme wraps up, we thought we'd give them the last word. Here's just some of their best, hardest and most valuable bits.