Press Releases

  • White House’s focus on cuts to foreign assistance budget is alarming

    WASHINGTON — Speaking on a background briefing call this morning, a senior administration official told reporters to expect a “large reduction in foreign aid” in President Trump’s first budget proposal. In reaction, Tom Hart, ONE’s executive director for North America, said: “While we certainly expected the Administration to include cuts to State and USAID in…

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  • Cutting foreign aid for the sake of national security?

    “If you don’t fund the State Department fully, then I need to buy more ammunition.” – General James Mattis [https://goo.gl/ARO7pd] “Our security will be improved by sustaining foreign aid in the years ahead rather than by making further cuts.” – General David Petraeus [https://goo.gl/Hq1dda] “I am concerned that levels of funding for our State Department…

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  • Sally Canfield joins ONE as senior director of U.S. government relations

    WASHINGTON — The ONE Campaign is pleased to announce the appointment of Sally Canfield as its new senior director of U.S. government relations. Canfield is the former senior director for international government affairs for the global pharmaceutical company, AbbVie, and the former deputy chief of staff to Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), providing strategic counsel, overseeing…

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  • ONE names Gayle E. Smith president and chief executive officer

    After an extensive worldwide search, the board of The ONE Campaign has named Gayle E. Smith — a top advisor on development issues to two American presidents and one of the world’s leading experts on global development — as president and chief executive officer. ONE is a nonpartisan global anti-poverty organization co-founded by U2 lead singer…

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  • The ONE Campaign laments the Senate’s repeal of important anti-corruption rule

    WASHINGTON — The Senate voted 52-47 today to void a rule that implemented Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. The rule would have required all U.S.-listed oil, gas, and mining companies to report the payments they make to governments for the extraction of natural resources. This vote follows…

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  • The ONE Campaign urges the Senate to safeguard an important anti-corruption rule

    WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives voted 235-187 today to repeal Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. The rule requires all oil, gas, and mining companies to report what they pay governments to extract natural resources. The ONE Campaign issued the following reaction from Joseph Kraus, ONE’s Director,…

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  • ONE applauds the passage of the READ Act and urges Senate to take up the bill to promote education for millions of children worldwide

    WASHINGTON — The ONE Campaign celebrated House passage of H.R. 601, the Reinforcing Education Accountability in Development (READ) Act of 2017 today. The bipartisan legislation was introduced by Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee and of the Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations and Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA), Chairman of…

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  • ONE applauds Trump decision to retain Deborah Birx as interim Global AIDS Coordinator

    “The importance of America’s leadership to the global fight against AIDS is difficult to overstate. The fact is: this is a critical time in that fight, especially for adolescent girls, who comprise three-quarters of all new infections in Africa. We’re in a make-or-break window, and we can’t afford to let up — not even during a presidential transition. Global AIDS Coordinator is a position that should not be left vacant for a month, a week, or even a day.”

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  • Trailblazers from Business, Entertainment, Media and Activism Unite to Launch a Global Campaign to Demand Education for All Girls

    130 Million Girls Globally are Denied an Education – More than the Population of Germany Open Letter to World Leaders Launched as part of ONE’s Poverty is Sexist Campaign WASHINGTON – An alliance of trailblazers from business, entertainment, media and activism have joined forces to demand urgent action by world leaders to get the 130…

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  • Tillerson: “Nothing lifts people out of poverty quicker than electricity”

    ONE Campaign agrees about importance of expanding energy infrastructure WASHINGTON — Answering a question from Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) during his confirmation hearing on Wednesday, President-elect Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, discussed the importance of expanding access to reliable energy on the African continent. “Nothing lifts people out of poverty quicker than…

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