Tom Hart

Tom Hart
Tom is the US executive director at ONE. Previously, he was the senior director of government relations at ONE. Before joining the team, he served as the director of government relations for the Episcopal Church USA, and an aide to Senators Alan Cranston and Jay Rockefeller.

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Obama’s Africa Trip and the New “Normal”

Obama’s Africa Trip and the New “Normal”

When President Obama arrives in Kenya on Friday morning, he will take another important step in an evolution of U.S. policy toward the African continent. Aid has for too long been the center of American foreign policy toward Africa and, as the challenges and opportunities on the continent change, so must the United States’ ......
Japan’s opportunity to lead

Japan’s opportunity to lead

In his address to Congress today, Abe focused his remarks on trade and security policy as expected. But interestingly, the US and Japan released a joint statement late yesterday on a vision for a partnership to address global challenges.
Japan can – and should – do more

Japan can – and should – do more

As the world’s 3rd largest economy, Japan could invest more in development assistance, which would do a lot of good in the poorest parts of the globe, as well as boost Japan’s presence and influence around the world.
Target 50% of US aid to those who need it the most

Target 50% of US aid to those who need it the most

Focusing our precious aid dollars on the most needy is a no-brainer, right? I was surprised to find out the United States, and a lot of other major donors, gives less than half of their ODA to the world’s poorest countries. One of our priorities this year is to secure a commitment from the US…...
ONE and the State of the Union in 2015

ONE and the State of the Union in 2015

President Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union address yesterday and the White House released a copy of his speech minutes before he took the podium. And like most people, I rushed to read through the speech, looking for any mentions of ONE’s issues. Though it was mostly focused on domestic issues, I was…...
The Successes, the Failures and Looking Ahead to 2015

The Successes, the Failures and Looking Ahead to 2015

As Congress wraps up its work for the year, we are cheering our successes, licking our wounds, and looking ahead to 2015. All eyes are on what’s in or out of the “Cromnibus,” Congress’s 1600-page spending bill that funds the government through 2015. As the year winds down, we were grateful to see our leaders…...
2014 Election results: What do they mean for ONE?

2014 Election results: What do they mean for ONE?

After months of campaigning, election night brought huge wins for Republican candidates, who won enough seats to take the majority of the Senate. Even though results in some states still aren’t settled, the Republicans will hold the majority in both the Senate and House. Perhaps the biggest news for political junkies is......
Time to find new ways of engaging with Africa

Time to find new ways of engaging with Africa

If you’re in Washington, DC next week, you’ll probably need to do a lot of walking. The usual traffic headaches will multiply into full-blown migraines as it’s not every day that 50 heads of state come to town at the same time. But that’s exactly what’s happening when, for the first time ever, the White…...
The 5 toughest questions on energy poverty

The 5 toughest questions on energy poverty

With the recent introduction of the Electrify Africa Act in the Congress we’re making big waves in the fight against energy poverty. Last year we came so close to getting this done, and in the process raising awareness about the importance of the issue of energy poverty, but we want to provide a refresher for those…...
ONE, now and then

ONE, now and then

Yesterday, ONE members and staff returned to the same spot where Bono launched ONE in Philadelphia, 10 years earlier. I remember May 16, 2004 like it was yesterday. We gathered in Philadelphia with Bono, Michael W. Smith, David Beckman, Dikembe Mutumbo, and a host of others to launch what we hoped would be the next big&helli......
Member of the Month, 10 Year Anniversary Edition: Barb Barrar

Member of the Month, 10 Year Anniversary Edition: Barb Barrar

For ONE's 10-year anniversary, we have a very special member of the month for May: Barb Barrar. Barb has been a member of ONE since the very beginning, since our official launch in Philadelphia in 2004, and has been an active member ever since. Ten years later, she joined us again at the site of our founding, where she reflec...
Energy, environment and the omnibus

Energy, environment and the omnibus

As part of the omnibus appropriations bill for 2014, negotiators agreed to include language that exempts certain poor- and middle- income countries from both the OPIC carbon cap and the new carbon policies at OPIC and the Export-Import Bank that are intended to limit overseas coal investments. ONE cannot support the language ......
Time for big business to step up on corruption

Time for big business to step up on corruption

Editor’s Note: This post first appeared on Fareed Zakaria’s Global Public Square on CNN’s website. The annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York isn’t usually the place where the bosses of big business are made to shift uncomfortably in their seats. But ONE campaign co-founder Bono seemed......
5 Questions about Electrify Africa and the environment

5 Questions about Electrify Africa and the environment

ONE is advocating a dramatic increase in modern energy access in sub-Saharan Africa because African leaders, business owners, hospital workers, teachers and countless ordinary citizens say that reliable electricity is one of their most urgent needs. In sub-Saharan Africa, 7 out of 10 people – that’s 589 million citizens ......