ONE is an international campaigning and advocacy organization of more than 3.5 million people taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa… because the facts show extreme poverty has already been cut in half and can be virtually eliminated by 2030, but only if we act with urgency now.
Cofounded by Bono and not politically partisan, we raise public awareness and work with political leaders to combat AIDS and preventable diseases, increase investments in agriculture and nutrition, and demand greater transparency in poverty-fighting programs. ONE also works closely with African activists and policymakers as they fight corruption, promote poverty-fighting priorities, monitor the use of aid, and help build civil society and economic development.
In recent years, ONE’s members, together with other non-profit partners, have played an important role in persuading governments to support effective programs and policies that are making a measurable difference in fighting extreme poverty and disease. As a result of these advocacy efforts, more than 7.5 million people living in Africa today have access to lifesaving AIDS medication, up from only 50,000 in 2002. Malaria has been cut by 75% in eight African countries since 2000, and 51 million more children across sub-Saharan Africa are now going to primary school.
ONE is not a grant-making organization and does not solicit funding from the public or receive government funding. ONE is funded almost entirely by foundations, individual philanthropists and corporations. We achieve change through advocacy — our teams in Washington, D.C., New York, London, Johannesburg, Brussels, Berlin, and Paris educate and lobby governments to shape policy solutions that save and improve millions of lives.
Playing a crucial role in the G8’s historic commitment in 2005 to double funding to fight poverty and disease in Africa – and holding their feet to the fire ever since.
Helping secure $95 billion in debt relief for poor countries over the past decade.
Helping develop, pass and secure funding for historic AIDS initiatives, such as the US’s PEPFAR and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria
Helping pass legislation in the US and EU to require better transparency in the oil, gas and mining industries to fight corruption and ensure resources benefit the poorest.
(RED), as a division of the ONE Campaign, partners with some of the world’s most iconic brands, such as Apple, Starbucks, HEAD and Coca-Cola, who contribute up to 50% of profits from (RED) branded goods and services to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
To date, (RED) has generated more than $250 million for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, to support HIV/AIDS grants in Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zambia. 100 percent of that money goes to work on the ground – no overhead is taken. Global Fund grants that (RED) supports have impacted more than 40 million people with prevention, treatment, counseling, HIV testing and care services.
ONE is a combined effort of two related non-profit, non-partisan organizations, The ONE Campaign and ONE Action, working together in the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. The ONE Campaign is organized under section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”). The ONE Campaign raises public awareness and educates policy makers about the importance of smart and effective policies and programs, which are saving the lives of millions of people living in the world’s poorest countries. ONE Action is organized under IRC section 501(c)(4). ONE Action engages in grassroots and direct advocacy with policymakers and key influencers, in the United States and in other countries around the world, in support of these smart and effective policies and programs.