Jamie Drummond

Jamie Drummond
Jamie Drummond co-founded the advocacy organization DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa) with Bono, Bobby Shriver, and others in 2002 and ONE in 2004. The two entities merged in 2008 under the name ONE. DATA, ONE, and its partners have helped persuade the Bush Administration and bipartisan leadership in the US Congress to launch a series of initiatives for Africa including the Millennium Challenge Account, the President’s Emergency AIDS initiative, the Malaria Initiative, Multilateral Debt Relief, and the African Growth and Opportunity Act.

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A girl from Tanzania, and what she told President Obama

A girl from Tanzania, and what she told President Obama

Eva wrote to all ONE members demanding we do more to help beat extreme poverty in her village and every place like it around the world by 2030. She didn’t rest there and went on to pen an appeal to the President. He just answered.
10 years ago… ONEbyONE

10 years ago… ONEbyONE

Ten years ago, on April 5th 2005, at a launch featuring Brad Pitt, Bono, Djimon Hounsou and the late great Jack Valenti, we launched this iconic ONE ad. In stark black and white featuring many of the most famous stars of that time (and today) from Ellen DeGeneres and Viola Davis to Clooney, Pitt, Pacino, Hanks,…...
2015: Scoring the best goals for the world’s poorest

2015: Scoring the best goals for the world’s poorest

One of the most-followed events in Africa, the 2015 Cup of Nations (AFCON) football tournament, has kicked off. Eight teams are in action over the weekend and I’ll be watching to see who makes it through these first few matches. As well as being the start of the tournament and a chance to watch stars…...
15 BIG moments to watch for in 2015

15 BIG moments to watch for in 2015

Global citizens of the world unite – for this year we have an historic world leaders summit and a confluence of conferences. There have never been so many gatherings of the great and the good, but it’s all globaloney – without you. World leaders will be deciding all our fates for us, so we need…...
ONE love for ONE-ONE day

ONE love for ONE-ONE day

Hello ONErs – Hooray! We made it! – It’s ONE-ONE day! The reason we set up ONE a decade ago was to help make sure some wishes – like those we humans make at this time of year – aren’t just forgotten in a vague haze of aspiration, but get done and delivered: that promises…...
Tanzania’s Generation Z reveal their own global goals

Tanzania’s Generation Z reveal their own global goals

I’d just asked the kids clustered in the classroom, “Which of you is about 14 years old, or born around the year 2000?”. A swarm of hands shot up, and with the help of Happy, a local youth activist from the excellent Restless Development, we picked out 15 teens that will be 15 in 2015.…...
Halfway there against the injustice of extreme poverty

Halfway there against the injustice of extreme poverty

Have you read the news today? Does anyone else feel that, what with the assault from Ebola, Boko Haram, ISIS, corruption, droughts here, floods there, global inequality, insecurity… the world risks being stuck in a downward spiral? Well, join the club. But also:  join the movement that’s doing something real about it. On......
Looking back on a decade of ‘mind-boggling’ progress

Looking back on a decade of ‘mind-boggling’ progress

This week, ONE celebrates 10 years of campaigning with members and partner organizations around the world. We’ve come a long way together At ONE we believe injustice in the world is a preventable, treatable condition, one that can be cured by dealing with an underlying malaise – something called apathy. ONE is an expe......
Debrief: ONE’s demands at Davos

Debrief: ONE’s demands at Davos

UK Prime Minister David Cameron, Bono, and Nigerian finance minister/ONE Board Member Ngozi Okonjo Iweala at a panel last week at the World Economic Forum at Davos. Photo credit: Associated Press.  As Bono noted at an event Friday evening high in the Swiss Alps, there were two notes all could hear hanging in the air…...
Franciscan Mandelan message

Franciscan Mandelan message

Normally you could be accused of being a bit flaky or a bit of a hippy if you talk about oneness, interdependence, and all that. But not now. Last week Mandela’s legacy cloaked the world with a zeit of Ubuntu geist; President Obama articulated this Ubuntu oneness in his memorable speech and Pope Francis reinforced this&hel......
Can Africa keep its promise to its people?

Can Africa keep its promise to its people?

Erik Charas is a campaigning journalist in Mozambique. He was recently arrested by local officials for asking government leaders difficult questions about shady deals done in Mozambique’s natural resources extraction sector. Whether “Africa keeps its promise” to its people, the theme of this year’s World Economic Foru......

Committing to natural resource transparency in Africa pays

How can Chinese investments and aid for Africa be leveraged to help more kids can get vaccinated, make anti-malarial bed nets more available, achieve food security for families and ensure that more African youth gain employment? There are two particularly important sectors to consider when asking this question -– investment......

The voices I want to hear

I started this year traveling across Africa with Bono visiting places we hadn’t been for nearly a decade. One of these was northern Ghana. Ghana is often held up as a success story of development. It has a stable democracy, fast growing economy and has already met the Millennium Development Goal to halve extreme poverty.&he......
TED Talk: What do YOU think our new global goals should be?

TED Talk: What do YOU think our new global goals should be?

Last month I was invited to speak at TED Global in Edinburgh. TED is an organisation devoted to ideas worth spreading. So I wanted to share with you my talk and an idea we’re working on with partners at ONE that I think needs spreading… In a few years’ time the Millennium Development Goals, which…...