Jessica.Gomez.Duran

Jessica is the Special Projects Manager at ONE. She was previously pursuing her Masters at Forum for the Future.

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In Malawi, education through radio programs and role plays

I wanted to write a short blog post, as I had an incredible day last week. I’m still thinking about it now, and so I wanted to share my experience with you. As Chris mentioned in an earlier post, we were in the Neno district of Malawi for a night, and the next morning, we…...

Development aid is working

Often the picture painted in the media of Africa, and global poverty more generally, is pretty negative yet that’s a bit misleading as that’s not the whole story … Mark Suzman, acting president of the Global Development Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, wrote about this for the Huffington Post earl......

New Africa Progress Panel report released

The Africa Progress Panel (APP) launched its Africa Progress Report today, which monitors and promotes mutual accountability and shared responsibility for progress in Africa. The report was presented in Johannesburg by the Chair of the APP, Kofi Annan, alongside panel members Peter Eigen (founder and Chair of the Advisory Cou......

A busy women’s week

3000 white roses highlighted the fact that every minute of every day a mother-to-be from somewhere around the world dies simply because they don’t have access to the vital healthcare they need before and during childbirth. © Save the Children Last week was an unofficial women’s week in the UK with a string of events&hell......

Joining women on the bridge

On a sunny Monday hundreds of women met on London’s Millennium Bridge to show their solidarity with women around the world on International Women’s Day. They were joined with thousands of other women in more than 100 Join Me on the Bridge events in 18 different countries around the globe. From Sudan, Rwanda, the Democrati......

John Githongo on the impact of technology

Jessica Gomez-Duran from ONE’s UK office got a chance to interview John Githongo. Worth a watch: John Githongo, anti-corruption activist and chair of the organizations Zinduko and Twaweza in Kenya, popped in to the ONE office in London recently and took some time out to talk to us. Twaweza (which means “we can make it......

Baaba Maal Talks Climate

Yesterday I had the honour of speaking to Senegalese singer and guitarist Baaba Maal after he had performed at a special event here in Copenhagen. Watch the video: Baaba Maal, one of Africa’s most famous musicians, is attending the Copenhagen summit as the climate change ambassador for Africa Talks Climate, a ground-breakin......

ONE at the UK Conservative Party Conference

Last week we wrote about ONE’s involvement with the UK’s Labour Party Conference. Some commenters naturally asked about ONE’s involvement withe the Conservative Party Conference. Today Jessica Gomez-Duran from ONE’s UK office reports back: The ‘Africa Dream Team’ sticker album that was prod......

A significant step

Jessica Gomez-Duran from ONE’s UK office checks in with this exciting development from the Labour Party Conference in Brighton: Yesterday was a pretty incredible day. And no it wasn’t because the sun was actually shining in the UK (although that is pretty incredible). The Labour Party Conference is happening in Bright......

Creating a buzz

A few days ago, the Freakonomics blog on the New York Times website profiled three highly driven and motivated Africans who are demonstrating the huge potential for a thriving business sector across the African continent: a venture capitalist and founder of a technology incubator in Uganda, the cofounder of an HIV/AIDS organi......

ONE’s Eloise Todd asks Berlusconi a question

Yesterday, ONE’s own Eloise Todd got a chance to ask Prime Minister Berlusconi a question- in Italian- during a press conference at the G8 Summit in Italy. It was a great moment. You can check out the video here (about 2/3 of the way through). Transcript below! Question to Prime Minister Berlusconi: I was present&hellip......

Obama speaks at the G8

President Obama has just spoken at a press conference at the G8 summit in Italy. He was followed by Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. They were talking about climate change. An update from the ground of what was said is coming right up! -Jessica Gomez-Duran...

G8 Update!

We’ve heard that there might be a communique coming out in the next half an hour or so. This is expected to cover the world economy, climate and development Keep checking back as we’ll update you on what’s happening. -Jessica Gomez-Duran...

On the ground in Italy!

We’ve arrived! A team of us from ONE are now in L’Aquila, Italy for this year’s G8 Summit. The journalists, NGOs and others have all started arriving, with the 3 day summit officially starting tomorrow. Tomorrow morning ONE are holding a joint press briefing with Oxfam, which will cover Africa, development a......

ONE at the G8 Development Ministers’ meeting in Rome

At the end of last week I attended G8 Development Ministers’ meeting in Rome. It fell the day after the launch of ONE’s 2009 DATA Report in Rome. During the final press conference a journalist asked the Italian Foreign Affairs Minister Franco Frattini what his response was to the Report’s findings – Italy ......

2009 DATA Report Ready to Launch Worldwide!

Each year, ONE publishes a DATA Report, an annual assessment of the extent to which the G8 are following through on their commitments to global development. Tomorrow we will be launching ONE’s 2009 DATA Report, with a special kick-off event in London. We have an amazing panel to help launch this report: Bill Gates, co-Chair......