Ben Leo

Ben Leo was the global policy director at ONE. Prior to joining ONE, Ben was a research fellow at the Center for Global Development and focused on African development issues such as debt, infrastructure, and innovative financing mechanisms.

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More to the poverty discussion than China

More to the poverty discussion than China

ONE’s Global Policy Director Ben Leo wrote this article for the Global Public Square on CNN World. Read the original piece here. GPS recently published a thoughtful piece on how global poverty rates are falling fast. It argued that one country in particular is almost solely responsible for this dramatic trend: China. Me......
From day one: Transparency at the heart

From day one: Transparency at the heart

Ben Leo, ONE’s global policy director, has written the article below with Lauren Pfeifer, ONE’s policy associate on the Transparency and Accountability Team. On President Obama’s first day in office, he signed an executive order that called for open, transparent government. Photo credit: The White House The orde......
It’s time to ask the world’s poor what they really want

It’s time to ask the world’s poor what they really want

This blog post was originally published on Huffington Post Impact. It highlights our new report on the Millennium Development Goals, “What the World Wants.” The UN-led process for determining the next round of global development goals is officially underway. Politicians, technocrats, and bureaucrats have been effe......
Washington, D.C., in darkness: Just like one-third of humanity

Washington, D.C., in darkness: Just like one-third of humanity

Last week, the lights went out for roughly 2.7 million people thanks to a freak storm that swept the mid-Atlantic region. No power, no refrigerator, no air conditioning. With temperatures rocketing to 100 degrees, people resorted to sleeping in their basements to avoid the heat, and freezers full of food have spoiled. Roughly......
Post-G8 Analysis: Paving the road to a future free from hunger and poverty

Post-G8 Analysis: Paving the road to a future free from hunger and poverty

ONE Global Policy Director Ben Leo offers his analysis on this year’s G8 Summit in Camp David. The G8 Summit in Camp David last weekend marked the three year anniversary of the 2009 L’Aquila Food Security Initiative (AFSI). It also previewed the expiration of most of the financial pledges by the end of 2012. With&hell......
Honoring the commitment to put an end to food insecurity

Honoring the commitment to put an end to food insecurity

This piece is part of a series of blogs by leading NGOs to call attention to a range of issues that should be raised at the G8 summit at Camp David in rural Maryland from May 18 to 19. This was originally published on Huffington Post Impact. If you took the current population of the…...

MDGs 2.0: Why not ask the poor what they really need?

This blog originally appeared on DevEx With less than 1,400 days until the Millennium Development Goals deadline, global development experts, bureaucrats and talking heads have already begun clamoring for what’s next. It seems that halving extreme poverty and slashing child deaths by two-thirds is yesterday’s news. As if ......