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Myth buster: One person’s voice can’t change anything

Bill & Melinda Gates publish their co-authored Gates Annual Letter today, which this year takes on some of the common myths around global development. So at ONE we decided to tackle a myth that as a campaigning organisation, we often encounter: that one voice can’t change a big issue like extreme poverty.  It’s s......

UK multi-lateral aid review: a good investment for UK taxpayers

The UK gives a large part of its development assistance to poor countries through international organisations (often called ‘multilateral organisations’), like the United Nations, the European Union or the World Bank. Supporting these organisations is an essential part of the Department for International Development (DFID......

Afrikan Boy is Y.A.M. Are you?

Afrikan Boy, born Olushola Ajose in southeast London to Nigerian parents, is a global MC fusing together grime, rap, and afrobeats and founder of fashion collective WeGoYAM. He explains the meaning behind the initials of his clothing line, Y.A.M. and how you can win a Y.A.M. shirt. “A farmer does not see the yams grow,&......

VIDEO: Mandela’s speech on poverty, which inspired a generation

Today, millions of people around the world are reflecting on the life and achievements of an extraordinary man. Nelson Mandela’s determination to see every South African treated equally, regardless of race, was echoed by a broader belief that extreme poverty is a global injustice no-one should have to endure. Eight year......
Livestream debate: Can we really end poverty?

Livestream debate: Can we really end poverty?

Can We Really End Poverty? will cover questions like: how should we measure poverty? What can we learn from local solutions for tackling poverty? How can the fast progress made by middle-income countries like China provide lessons for Africa? How can we be “smarter” about how we use aid flows? How do we ensure that the ne...
Join us for a live debate: Can we really end global poverty?

Join us for a live debate: Can we really end global poverty?

This week, thought-leaders in the field of global development are coming together in London to debate the question: Can we really end global poverty? ONE's co-founder and Head of Global Strategy, Jamie Drummond, will be taking part and you can watch it live here on the ONE blog on Thursday 5 December, 19.00 GMT / 14.00 ET.

The company that’s causing controversy on the streets of London

This is Phil.  He’s the boss of Stash-the-Cash.com, a company who can set you up with a phantom firm in minutes – no questions asked.  We joined him on the streets of London to see if anyone was interested in his services. First stop, Buckingham Palace.  Phantom firms can help criminals, corrupt politicians and......

David Cameron announces historic move to crack down on UK phantom firms

Today I had the privilege of being in the audience at the Open Government Partnership summit when the Prime Minister, David Cameron, said that the UK will make information about who owns and controls companies available to the public. I couldn’t believe it. In the fight against phantom firms it’s a huge win. There’s mor......

This outrageous company is helping criminals rob Africa of billions

This morning my Twitter feed is full of talk about this company called Stash-the-Cash.com.  No-one can believe they are for real, and I’m not surprised.  It’s incredible. This is their corporate video which has to be seen to be believed. Using the strap line ‘So easy, it should be criminal’ they are ......

Leaving loopholes for launderers?

At the G8 Summit, David Cameron made clear that his personal ambition is to see the whole world move towards the public disclosure of who owns and controls companies. Such a move would represent a hugely important crack down on the use of anonymous shell companies by dodgy leaders and irresponsible business to stash their&hel......

Not strictly come dancing with Vince Cable – but close enough

Yesterday I delivered over 35,000 signatures to Dr Vince Cable MP in London, asking him to crack down on phantom firms, and make information about who owns and controls companies and trusts available to the public. He’s the minister in charge of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and leading the governme......

What we want the Open Government Partnership Summit to deliver next week

The Summit of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) will be held next week in London.  The OGP is a group of 60 countries, including the US, the UK, Brazil and 6 African countries (Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Tanzania, South Africa) that have made a commitment to work with civil society to promote more transparency, par......