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ONE Statement on Meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn

Bono, Mo Ibrahim and ONE (represented by CEO Michael Elliott, co-founder Jamie Drummond, Africa Director Dr. Sipho S. Moyo and Board Chair Tom Freston) met with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on Saturday 9 November in Addis Ababa to discuss Ethiopia’s agricultural policies and the opportunities of the upcoming African Union Year of Agriculture; Ethiopia¹s priorities for the new development agenda; and the importance of transparency and the free flow of information in securing sustainable development.

On 8 November, Bono presented the ONE Africa Award, which each year honors an African civil society organization, before an audience of media leaders and journalist at the conclusion of the African Media Leaders Forum in Addis Ababa.

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ONE is a campaigning and advocacy organization of more than 3.5 million people taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. Co-founded by Bono and strictly nonpartisan, we raise public awareness and press political leaders to combat AIDS and preventable diseases, increase investments in agriculture and nutrition, and demand greater transparency in poverty-fighting programs. ONE is not a grant-making organization and does not solicit funding from the public or receive government funding. ONE is funded almost entirely by a handful of philanthropists and foundations. We achieve change through advocacy. Our teams in Washington, D.C., London, Johannesburg, Brussels, Berlin, and Paris educate and lobby governments to shape policy solutions that save and improve millions of lives. To learn more, go to ONE.org.