The ONE Campaign is a global campaigning and advocacy organisation with the support of more than 9 million people, taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. The name ONE was inspired by the belief that one voice, formed by many can change the world for the better.
ONE was established in 2004 in Washington, DC, and by 2010, launched in Johannesburg, South Africa. ONE’s offices in Africa are based in Abuja and Johannesburg, with representatives at the African Union in Kenya and Senegal.
Whether lobbying political leaders in world capitals or running cutting-edge grassroots campaigns, ONE pressures governments to do more to fight AIDS and other preventable, treatable diseases in the poorest places on the planet, empower small-holder farmers, expand access to energy, and combat corruption so governments are accountable to their citizens. Co-founded by Bono and other activists, ONE is strictly nonpartisan.
In 2017, there were over 130 million girls out of school worldwide, 51 million of them are in Africa. Through the #Girlscount – Poverty is Sexist campaign, ONE campaigns for greater investment in girls’ education. Educating, empowering and ultimately employing these girls will be crucial to Africa’s ability to harness its demographic dividend.
ONE has helped secure at least $37.5 billion in funding for historic health initiatives, including the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB), Malaria, and GAVI – the Vaccine Alliance, from major donors and foundations since 2004. In Africa, ONE advocates for individual countries to increase their health budgets to at least 15% in line with the Abuja Declaration (2001). Such increases will not only improve healthcare provision for the poorest people on the continent, but bring Africa a step closer to attaining specific development goals such as reducing infant mortality, and combatting HIV/ AIDS, malaria, TB and other significant communicable diseases.
In June 2018, after advocating for three years under the #MakeNaijaStronger campaign banner, Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, signed into law the allocation of 1% of the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) in the 2018 national budget to boost primary healthcare services across the country. This was not only an advocacy win for ONE, but will benefit millions of Nigerians in need of immediate access to healthcare.
In addition, ONE advocates for strategic policies and transparent public investments that will better support small-holder farmers, especially women, and lift millions of Africans out of poverty. Through the #DoAgric campaign, ONE also aims to encourage youth involvement in agriculture and agribusiness.
ONE played a significant role in securing sweeping reforms of land use laws in 2017 in Mali. The reforms gave greater economic stability to rural farmers, including women, by strengthening their control of traditional land through a redefinition of state control and codifying the rights of individuals to own, trade and inherit land. The goal of ONE’s agricultural campaign work is to ensure that policy-makers adhere to the Malabo commitment to invest at least 10% of national budgets in agriculture, and increase access and equity in the agriculture sector.
ONE places a special focus on youth in most of its activities. In addition, ONE Champions are a vibrant, committed group of volunteers who work to support ONE advocacy work. They lobby decision-makers, support with recruiting and managing members, support media advocacy efforts, and mobilise public support for ONE’s priority issues. In 2018, ONE in Nigeria inducted its third cohort of ONE Champions, with 50 young individuals selected from all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory in Nigeria, out of 2 104 applications received.
The ONE Africa Award recognises Africa-driven, Africa-led advocacy efforts that have demonstrated success at community, national or regional level. It aims to recognise, reward, and advance the exceptional work of organisations, founded by Africans and based in Africa, dedicated to helping Africa achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). By honouring the commitment and progress on the ground, ONE hopes that new efforts can be inspired and more lives can be saved.
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