European Union

ONE Day of Action on the Eve of the EU Budget Summit

Yesterday, just as European leaders began to descend on Brussels, ONE hit the streets with volunteers from across the globe and paid a visit to all 27 EU permanent representations. As a creative response to President Van Rompuy’s statement that the EU budget summit could be the first “three shirter” under his watch, ONE delivered…

The radio show that changed the lives of rural Kenyan dairy farmers

In 2008, when food prices soared, donors looked for smart ideas to help vulnerable communities cope by boosting local food production and enabling them to earn enough money to buy food and save for when times are tight. One such smart idea was in Kenya, where a EU and United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization…

Will Poetry Save EU Aid?

Today, President Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, is expected to make another proposal for cuts to the seven-year EU budget and lifesaving development aid is on the chopping block. As campaigners, we’re used to thinking creatively. In times of urgency, we pull out all the stops. That’s how we landed on our most…

The EU budget: What’s at stake

As regular readers of the ONE blog will know Europe’s leaders are right now in the midst of crucial budget negotiations, which will have a massive impact on those living in extreme poverty around the world. Some leaders are proposing cuts to the EU’s lifesaving programs. But what would these cuts actually mean in practice?…

Pushing and pulling for the right planting techniques in sub-Saharan Africa

For decades, farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa have been struggling to produce enough food from the land they have.  But in Eastern Kenya, more than 50,000 farmers are now using a clever new technique that prevents pests and weeds from destroying crops.  The results are pretty amazing.  The system, called ‘Push-Pull’, is now being redeveloped to…

Tell Cyprus to save EU aid

European leaders are facing increasing pressure to cut the overall EU budget and there is a real danger the axe will fall on smart, lifesaving aid. This would have a devastating impact on the world’s most vulnerable people. Right now Cyprus, which currently holds the rotating Presidency of the EU, is writing proposals, for all…

EU Aid success story: Taking action for health in Tanzania

The following is a guest blog is by Diana Shuma, Advocacy officer, DSW Tanzania. Thanks to an EU-funded programme that promotes community healthcare, 36 staff have been deployed to a region of Tanzania where health workers were once virtually non-existent. The village of Kware in the Hai District of Tanzania has long faced an acute…

Are you the #lifesaver of the century?

Between 2004 and 2009, aid from the European Union helped enrol more than 9 million children in primary education, vaccinate 5.5 million children against measles, and connect more than 31 million people to clean water. All this was achieved with a tiny part of the EU budget. Yet right now, EU aid is under threat.…

Big Night in Brussels

Last night, after three years working behind the scenes taking ONE’s message directly to EU policymakers, ONE hosted our very first public campaign event here in Brussels. In the very Belgian setting of a converted chocolate factory – the HUB—and with a diverse crowd of over 70 people representing 22 nationalities, we brought new and…

European aid: View from the Street

Europe’s leaders are in the midst of crucial budget negotiations that will define levels of European development assistance, one of the important aid budgets in the world, until 2020. Cuts to these life-saving programs that have been proposed by some leaders would have a devastating impact on the world’s poorest. Worried and concerned about these…

Parliamentarians show support for vaccines, health and agriculture in next EU budget

In December 2011, the European Commission proposed a draft regulation for a renewed “Development Cooperation Instrument” (DCI). Once adopted by the European Parliament and the 27 Member States, this regulation will define the implementation of EU development programmes worth a proposed €23 billion over a 7-year period, with the specific aim of global poverty reduction…