France

Four recommendations for the G20′s agriculture ministers

Sara Kianpour from our ONE France office reports on the G20 Agriculture meeting in Paris. G20 ministers of agriculture are in Paris this week to decide the fate of the entire world’s small holder farmers. These small farmers spend between 50 and 80 percent of their income on food, and in the 21st century, this…...

From the G8: A mixed record on the first day

Sara Kianpour from our ONE France office reports live from the G8 in Deauville. The first elements of the final communique were revealed in the press. The Arab spring and democracy in North Africa placed high on the agenda. At ONE, we are delighted. However, we believe it is essential that the G8 efforts affect…...

The e-G8 ended, but Africa still not connected

During two days, Paris was the world capital of the internet with e-G8 bringing together the web elite – from Eric Schmidt (Google) to Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) to Rupert Murdoch in Tuileries park. The objective: discuss the online economy and how it is changing. And for the first time, a discussion about the internet has&......

G8 accountability report: read the small print

Following the tradition started last year at the G8 in Canada, this year’s French presidency prepared an accountability report together with the other G8 countries, which outlines the state of delivery and results of the G8’s commitments on fighting extreme poverty. Let’s start with the positives: it is commendable that......

Homeward bound

How to sum up the last three days in Europe? Stamina. Not mine, but Bill Gates’… It’s unreal. He flew in overnight on Sunday, and in just two and a half days travelled to three cities, delivered three powerful Living Proof presentations, lobbied Presidents, Chancellors, and Ministers, gave numerous media int......

Sometimes it’s the unexpected things that are the most powerful

Last night ONE hosted a Living Proof event in Paris event aimed at convincing French politicians that development is worth their investment, and that they should stick to their promise of reaching 0.7% of Gross National Income on development assistance by 2015. As I mentioned in my first blog in this series, if Living Proof&h......

Monday in Paris

As a ONE member, you can never be sure what you’ll be doing in the name of fighting extreme poverty – it can have some funny twists… One day you might be calling your government to stop proposed budget cuts and the next you might be working with Bill Gates in Paris to promote action…...

Can France lead where others failed?

Earlier this month Bob Geldof, ONE advisor and advocate, wrote the following article for the French newspaper Libération, which is well worth reading: On Tuesday, my fellow members of the Africa Progress Panel and I met with President Sarkozy to urge him to put Africa’s development at the centre of his G8 and G20 presi......

President Sarkozy pledges to lead on transparency

Ever since the US passed legislation last July ensuring that all oil, gas and mining companies would have to be far more transparent in their financial reporting, we have been pushing hard for similar action in Europe. We want all extractive companies around the world to publish what they pay the governments of the countries&......

French court boosts the fight against corruption

Ill-gotten gains never prosper; except, it would seem, when falling into the hands of leaders of the some of the world’s poorest countries. It is estimated that the fortune misappropriated by some leaders in recent decades represents at least 100 billion dollars. Perhaps even 1,000 billion, according to the former head of t......

A new precedent in Paris

Every show on the U2 360° Tour, I encourage my volunteers to try and out do every other previous group of volunteers. It’s a tough challenge: in every city I have a great group that works hard all day long. But from now on the challenge might be impossible, as the volunteers in Paris not…...

A tale of two ONE groups

In Paris and London this weekend, ONE members came together – without any prompting – to start organising to take further action as ONE. At the core of both groups were long time ONE members who had their first chance to volunteer with ONE at the U2 concerts in Paris, London, Sheffield, and Cardiff. I…...

Will France forge a new partnership with Africa?

Last week ONE’s DATA report heavily criticised France for failing to keep its promises on the quantity of aid that is going to support economic development and poverty reduction in Africa. Since then there have been two interesting developments relating to the quality of French aid, which is of course just as important. The......