In 2018 ONE successfully campaigned to get the BUILD Act passed into law in the United States, opening the doors to increased private sector investments in Africa.
The Better Utilization of Investments Leading to Development (BUILD) Act will help billions of private sector dollars flow into Africa by making it easier for American entrepreneurs to do business there. These investments help build infrastructure, increase first-time access to electricity, and create jobs.
The act brought Republicans and Democrats together on Capitol Hill. It was introduced by Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.), and Representatives Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) and Adam Smith (D-Wash.).
WHAT WE DID
- The bipartisan bill was backed by 78,000 petition signatures, which were hand-delivered to offices in every single state.
- We brought 19 ONE Campus leaders to Washington, D.C., for the 2018 Leadership Summit in July 2018. They held 54 lobby meetings to discuss the importance of passing the BUILD Act.