ONE Makes Monumental Strides in Fight Against Poverty

Citizens from around the world tell their leaders the kind of world they want and are willing to work for by 2030.

Citizens from around the world tell their leaders the kind of world they want and are willing to work for by 2030, compiled by award-winning director Richard Curtis (Comic Relief founder, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually).
(Look for me…and Idris Elba!)

With a staff of 163 and a budget of $36.2 million, ONE is an advocacy organization backed by nearly seven million people around the world who are working to combat extreme poverty and preventable disease.

ONE has made monumental strides in the fight against poverty. These include securing $37.5 billion in funding for historic health initiatives, ensuring more money from oil and gas revenues in Africa and helping to pass the Electrify Africa Act of 2016.

The organization is funded almost entirely by foundations, individual philanthropists and corporations. ONE is working extensively to invest in poverty-fighting priorities, monitor the use of aid, fight corruption, help build civil society and spur economic development in Africa.

According to the organization’s website, “ONE pressures governments to do more to fight AIDS and other preventable, treatable diseases in the poorest places on the planet, to empower small-holder farmers, to expand access to energy, and to combat corruption so governments are accountable to their citizens.”

The organization’s first campaign in 2004, called on the United States government to allocate an additional one percent of its budget towards the fight against extreme poverty,

The organization has teams in Washington, D.C., New York, London, Johannesburg, Brussels, Berlin and Paris. They each work to educate and lobby governments to shape policy solutions that save and improve millions of lives.

Recently, ONE has called for an action plan to connect 350 million women and girls to the internet in order to increase the opportunities available to them in the least developed countries.

In 2020 over 75% of women in LDCs are projected to remain unconnected.

“Poverty is sexist: girls and women are hit harder and have fewer opportunities than men, and access to the Internet is no different,” according to ONE. “Women living in LDCs are a third less likely than their male counterparts to be connected and the gap is increasing.”

Founded by Bono and other activists, ONE’s name was inspired by the belief that one voice, coming together with many others – the political left and right, business leaders, activists, faith leaders and students – can change the world for the better.

The organization does not solicit fund from the general public or receive government funding. They believe the fight against poverty isn’t about charity, but rather about justice and equality.

“We’re not asking for your money, we’re asking for your voice.”

About Komal Junejo (30 Articles)
I am a 24-year-old Pakistani-American pursuing a career at the U.S. Department of State. I am currently studying for the Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) in hopes of becoming a diplomat within the Public Diplomacy sector.

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