Joe Powell

Joe Powell
Joe Powell was the UK Policy and Advocacy Manager. Joe lead ONE's work globally on transparency and accountability in the extractive industries, and works on the UK's aid and development policies. Prior to ONE, Joe worked at Ugandan magazine The Independent, where he set up their online news platform and reported on politics and business.

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After 0.7%, it’s time the aid debate grew up

After 0.7%, it’s time the aid debate grew up

Although this piece focuses on UK foreign assistance, it raises some important concerns that citizens  in the US and Canada might have about their country’s own aid. This article was originally published on The Huffington Post UK.  The debate on the UK’s aid budget has never been more polarized. A small group o......
Celebrations but no complacency after EU win

Celebrations but no complacency after EU win

The fight against corruption is messy, unpredictable and often dangerous. In developing countries it has historically been most acute in countries with large deposits of oil, gas and minerals, and involves the diversion of huge sums of money that could otherwise be spent on poverty eradication. That’s why last night’s agr...
Oil industry support for new transparency laws grows

Oil industry support for new transparency laws grows

There is big news today on both sides of the Atlantic for campaigners – including ONE – in the Publish What You Pay coalition for transparency in oil, gas and mining. The major Norwegian oil company Statoil has withheld their support from last-ditch attempts to overturn the new US rules on transparency, and a former&helli......
Can this year’s G8 put people first?

Can this year’s G8 put people first?

This year the G8 returns to the UK. Last time in 2005 Africa and international development was top of the agenda. The commitments made on aid and debt cancellation, combined with African leadership, have helped spur great progress. Since the 2005 Gleneagles summit, annual child mortality in sub-Saharan Africa has fallen by 42......
G20 is getting a reputation for over-promising and under-delivering

G20 is getting a reputation for over-promising and under-delivering

This blog post was originally published on the Huffington Post UK‘s website. “Narrowing the development gap and reducing poverty are integral to our broader objective of achieving strong, sustainable and balanced growth and ensuring a more robust and resilient global economy for all.” Toronto G20 Summit, 201......
UK tax statements show the reality of aid spending

UK tax statements show the reality of aid spending

The foreign aid budget isn’t just at risk in the US — it’s at risk in other countries, too. Take a look at what ONE UK is doing to protect their foreign aid budgets: In tomorrow’s budget Chancellor George Osborne is expected to announce that every UK taxpayer will receive an annual statement of what&hellip......
The Financial Times and The Economist back transparency laws

The Financial Times and The Economist back transparency laws

Leading business publications the Financial Times and The Economist have recently voiced their support for transparency laws on both sides of the Atlantic that will help reduce corruption in developing countries and increase the resources spent on poverty reduction. They join the voices of 180,000 ONE members who have called ......
Challenging stereotypes through ‘An African Election’

Challenging stereotypes through ‘An African Election’

Ask your friends for words they associate with elections in Africa and you’ll likely get a mixed bag of “corrupt,” “violent,” “rigged” or simply “what elections?” It’s a fair bet no one will think to mention the 2008 Ghanaian election in which two presidential candidates fou......
Cameron places aid at heart of UK foreign policy

Cameron places aid at heart of UK foreign policy

Last night UK Prime Minister David Cameron issued a strong defense of UK aid and development policy during his Mansion House speech on foreign policy. In a wide-ranging address on “Foreign Policy in the National Interest” Cameron took on the “pessimists” who have called for Britain to pull back from its aid co......
Europe proposes new transparency law to fight corruption

Europe proposes new transparency law to fight corruption

The campaign for transparency in the oil, gas, mining and forestry industries was given a big boost today with the publication of European Commission proposals for a new law guaranteeing all company payments to governments will be published. This means Europe will soon have matched (and in some places gone beyond) the landmar......
European Parliament pushes for extractives transparency

European Parliament pushes for extractives transparency

Political momentum increased yesterday for a new transparency law in Europe that would help citizens in poor, but resource-rich, countries. The European Parliament endorsed plans for an EU-wide transparency law to shed light on the payments oil, gas and mining companies make to the governments where they operate. This would e......

Constructing a bright future for Africa

Infrastructure and efficient construction may not be the first thing that comes to mind for development campaigners. However, well-built schools, hospitals and roads can give a country the backbone they need for economic growth and poverty alleviation. The scale of Africa’s infrastructure needs make this a vital sector to g......

Ugandans take oil transparency message to 10 Downing Street

Vincent Magombe, Lee Opiyo Oryema, William Nkata Masembe and Belinda Atim outside number 10 A group of Ugandans in the London Diaspora have delivered an open letter to Prime Minister David Cameron on behalf of over 200 civil society activists from their home country. The petition calls on the British government to force oil, ......

Transparency will ensure Ugandans benefit from their oil

Development is accelerated when a country is able to use its own resources effectively and efficiently. When foreign companies and governments conspire to prevent this happening, justice is not being served. That is why the decision by the UK government, with France and Germany, to support reform of obscure European Union rul......

In the Ugandan election, money talks

This piece was first published on the Royal Africa Society website For a country whose President sits 7th in the league of longest serving African leaders (and could have climbed to 6th by the time this is published), Ugandans appeared remarkably relaxed about awarding Yoweri Museveni another five years in office. The electio......