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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Tweeting with Paul Kagame

Understandably the last few weeks have seen a surge in debate around the influence of the Internet and social media on the popular protests in Tunisia and Egypt. Here in Uganda –- when wondering if a similar situation could arise after the Presidential elections on February 18 -– people often mention the growing proportio......
On the election trail in Uganda

On the election trail in Uganda

Next month Ugandans go to the polls to elect their President and Members of Parliament for the next five years. So the country is now in full-scale campaign mode with posters lining the streets and the front pages dominated by election stories. And it’s not just Uganda. In total 17 African countries will be going…...

Video: Albert Charles Okello Oduman on transparency

I recently spoke to Uganda’s Shadow Minister for Finance, Albert Charles Okello Oduman, an opposition Member of Parliament from the Forum for Democratic Change party. He makes a powerful case in support of the so-called Publish What You Pay principle and offers his support to recently passed legislation in the US: “We hav......

Video: Ugandan MP fights for oil transparency

On Tuesday I met with one of Uganda’s leading Members of Parliament on oil and transparency issues. Henry Banyenzaki MP is the Chairmen of the Parliamentary Forum on Oil and Gas, and has been a leading voice in Uganda’s efforts to avoid the so-called ‘resource curse’ when it begins to produce oil on a large…...

China’s investments in African minerals can be a ‘win-win’

Photo courtesy of Seeking Alpha Chinese demand for African minerals has grown hugely in recent years and now represents a critical trading relationship both for the continent’s economic development and China’s growth plans. However, natural resources have a mixed history in driving development, too often succumbing to the......

The fight against corruption

At ONE we’ve been spending a lot of our time in recent months campaigning for greater transparency in the oil, gas and mining industries. We believe that by putting information into the hands of local communities, governments of resource-rich countries will be better held account for how they spend their money. Corruption c......

Developing country voting rights boosted at IMF

The G20 Finance Ministers meeting in South Korea over the weekend resulted in an agreement on voting right reform at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The IMF will transfer power to under-represented emerging economies such as Brazil, China and India, although there is no indication African countries are set to benefit. ......

IMF proposals should take account of Africa’s losses

This year’s IMF spring meetings ended inconclusively at the weekend, with most major decisions deferred until the June G20 summit in Canada. The IMF has been tasked with coming up with recommendations for how the financial sector could make a fair and substantial contribution towards paying for the effects of the economic c......

AidData goes live

The AidData website went live yesterday, opening up a huge new amount of information on aid flows, individual projects and multilateral spending. The project organisers estimate that they have published improved data on one third of aid money. The aim is to improve transparency and thus help in the fight against corruption an......

Africa a big loser if climate finance is not additional

Africa will lose out if money pledged by rich countries at the Copenhagen climate change meeting last December does not come in addition to their existing aid promises. This is the stark message in a research paper from leading development think tank the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), commissioned by ONE. The report st......

Climate Change in Africa

Joseph Powell from the ONE UK office writes about a book launch he recently attended: Last night ONE was lucky to attend the launch of Camilla Toulmin’s new book Climate Change in Africa, which provides a timely reminder of the damage being done to the continent by shifts in climate. The direct impacts include a…...

Report from St. Paul’s Cathedral

Joseph Powell from the ONE UK Office reports from a panel at St. Paul’s Cathedral earlier this week: A panel including UK Secretary of State for International Development Douglas Alexander and Director of the Millennium Development Campaign Salil Shetty assembled at St Paul’s Cathedral in London on Tuesday evening to ......

Growing support for a Tobin tax

Our friends from across the pond check in with some news: Over the past few weeks proposals for a small tax on international financial transactions, such as currency trades, have gained support from European politicians. The idea, known as the Tobin tax, originated from the Nobel laureate economist James Tobin, who in 1971 pr......