We see the impacts on the poorest of the poor and we don’t always know what we as individuals can do to make it better. That’s why ONE is going to Expanse, a one day conference in Melbourne on Saturday, August 30, bringing together hundreds of young Australians to equip a generation for a more just and equal world.
I recently met with Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund. The session raised some interesting questions about youth activism and the role of advocacy organisations such as ONE. So what did Osotimehin have to say about young people?
Since 4 April 2013, or 500 days before I wrote this article, I was able to secure my first 9-to-5 job, become a homeowner and join anti-poverty campaign ONE as a youth ambassador. More importantly, during this time, the U.K. Department for International Development stepped up its support of developing countries’ efforts to
"Young people think agriculture is uncool and uninspiring." This is one of the myths the Do Agric campaign debunked this year. As we celebrate International Youth Month, we need to ask ourselves if enough is being done to bring the energy, innovation and the entrepreneurial flair of young people into agribusiness.
Dutch Youth Ambassadors travelled across the country by train last week, visiting all 12 Netherlands provinces in one day with a big Train Tour they organised themselves. The goal? To raise awareness about the fact that aid works!
Several months ago, I read a blog on ONE's Facebook page stating that she didn’t believe sending teams on mission trips was worthwhile, and in some cases, might hurt. It caused me to pause and deeply discern whether my past five trips to Kenya were worthwhile.
Yesterday, there was no escape from ONE in the European Parliament, Brussels. Over 130 Youth Ambassadors took the ONE VOTE 2014 campaign to the European Parliament. As the biggest bilateral aid donor, Europe has an important role to play in the fight against extreme poverty.
When I first had to contact European Parliament candidates, I was very anxious and stressed. But I soon realised that politicians are in fact normal people; most of them were happy to talk to their constituents and were really curious about me.
Our Youth Ambassadors have been on TV, met Bill Gates, and debated with the Ghanaian President, His Excellency President Dramani Mahama. Now two Belgium Youth Ambassadors are talking the ONE VOTE 2014 to the radio waves to spread the message even further.
I had never imagined that I would meet the President of my country Tanzania, His Excellency President Jakaya Kikwete. No words can really explain how I felt when he spoke to me and shook my hand. This incredible moment happened when I won a competition to spend a week with the ONE Africa team.
In just two months, we've convinced 122 newly elected Members of the European Parliament to sign our ONE VOTE 2014 pledge to end extreme poverty. Now we'd like to keep the pressure up by bringing your tweets to the streets. Find out how you can get involved.